“National Nursing Home Week” is a week long event established by the American Health Care Association. Held in May, it celebrates the positive and caring relationship between residents and staff in the health care industry and recognizes the differences made to each other’s lives. During National Nursing Home Week the Activity Department holds a daily special event for the residents. Staff also participate in games and are provided with food each day during the week-long celebration.
Mesker Park Zoo
The Activity Department kicked off the week with a visit from Mesker Park Zoo. Representatives from Mesker’s Education & Outreach Department brought in a variety of animals including: a snake, two unique lizards, and a Polish rabbit. The residents enjoyed the informative program and the opportunity to touch the various animals.
Another popular activity held during the 2016 National Nursing Home Week was the Tie-Dye event. Each resident was provided with a white handkerchief and the Activity staff assisted residents with banding and dying their projects. On this day, staff dressed in tie-dye or as “hippies” in keeping with the “theme” of this activity.
During our mid-week event, residents planted flowers to go on display out in our gated patio. Although the spring rain prevented us from doing this activity outside, we managed to enjoy getting our hands in the dirt regardless.
The Activity Department would like to thank all staff who participated in the “theme dress” held daily during the week. This always makes the week more fun and exciting for our residents! We would also like to thank all of the Department Heads who served food & planned games for staff throughout the week, and to our Dietary Department who threw a cookout for both our staff and our residents!