Chris DiMaso | May 17, 2021
Nursing Home Week 2021 proved to be a week of fun and celebration. Last year’s celebration was anything but in quarantine. With that behind us, we set our sites on a week of activities, food, and entertainment. The national theme this year was “Through The Seasons.” This felt appropriate as it had been many seasons since we had time to rejoice together.
Four seasons and five days meant that we needed an introduction day to kick us off. On Monday our friend Laurie with Catholic Community Hospice came to serenade us with songs about the seasons. We ended the day with some “green money” bingo. Residents that won received a dollar bill. It was a full house that day.
Tuesday ushered in Spring even though the weather outside disagreed. Decorations of flowers and bright colors went up. We had planned to go outside to plant the beautiful flowers that you donated, but chilly temps and threats of rain postponed the event.
Fall fell on Wednesday and so did fall activities. The weather was much nicer so we seized the opportunity to plant our beautiful flowers. The courtyards and gazebos are fully dressed with a host of colors. A resident favorite, Rob McHenry, brought his guitar and led us in songs of yesteryear. We celebrated May birthdays and had cider with donuts. Decorations of brown leaves now adorned the walls.
Winter is coming, and so it did on Thursday. Snowballs flew as residents and staff waged war. These fuzzy white balls didn’t melt, nor did they hurt. It was Eunice who fired the first shot, but the volley didn’t stop there. Loren and Helen took aim at anyone within throwing distance. Later we enjoyed hot chocolate as welcomed Carlos Garcia as a new performer. Snowflakes now hung in the main dining room.
We took a trip to the beach on Friday as we celebrated Summer. We played outdoor games like cornhole and listened to the Beach Boys. We used a beach backdrop to take photos and enjoyed popsicles to cool us down. Lunch was hamburgers and brats on the grill. With sides like potato salad and watermelon, it felt like a backyard bbq. Flip flops and other summer icons decorated the walls.
Nursing Home Week might be over, but we are still celebrating every day being together again. We look forward to the time when you can all join us for another party. You can view our monthly calendar here.