Sarasota nursing home earns gold seal
SARASOTA -- Sunnyside Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 60-bed nursing home, earned its sixth consecutive governor's gold seal award for excellence in long-term care.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration ranks Sunnyside center as one of 19 licensed nursing homes in Florida to hold a gold seal designation. Of those 19, Sunnyside and two others achieved the distinction for six consecutive times.
The gold seal process reviews many aspects of the organization from staffing ratios, financial solvency, and volunteers to program innovations and quality care. Each gold seal designation is effective for two years and organizations must re-apply for future eligibility.
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Goodwill offers free Spanish classes
As part of its "Good Neighbors" educational offerings, Goodwill Manasota is offering "Coversational & Practical Spanish" classes.
Participants are taught conversational Spanish by native Spanish-speaking instructors. Each week students will learn new vocabulary by speaking with the instructors and other students. Different topics will include meeting and greeting, restaurant and travel, and how to improve communication with Spanish-speaking service providers and employees.
Classes, which begin Thursday, are free and open to the public. Spanish classes will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, and Dec. 4 at the Goodwill Mecca Community Room, 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Call 941-355-2721, ext. 241, or GoodwillRSVP@gimi.org to RSVP.
More employees opt to join retirement plans
For the first time since 2010, participation in workplace-based retirement plans grew in 2013, the Employee Benefit Research Institute reported Monday.
The participation percentage among employees grew to 40.8 percent last year, up from 39.7 percent in 2010.
The research institute said the number of employees participating in their employment-based retirement insurance plans rose to 64.2 million, the highest number since 2007.
Craig Copeland, senior research associate at the institute, attributed the growth to overall improvement in the labor market, which put more workers in jobs that offered retirement benefits.
Among all Americans, Census data indicates that slightly more than half -- 51.3 percent -- worked last year for an employer or union that sponsored retirement plans. The 40.8 percent participation rate shows that three out of four wage and salary workers chose to participate in their employment-based retirement plan.
-- Herald staff and wire reports