"Celebrating the Journey" is the theme of this year's observance of National Nursing Home Week. The weeklong celebration begins on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, and ends on May 19. Many special activities are planned throughout the week.
On May 3, Emmetsburg Mayor Myrna Heddinger signed a proclamation urging all citizens "to honor the elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes by visiting or volunteering at a local nursing home to bring the community spirit to the residents and show appreciation to the staff who care for our most beloved citizens on our behalf."
"Celebrating the Journey" Events
Emmetsburg Mayor Myrna Heddinger (pictured above) recently signed a proclamation at the Emmetsburg Care Center in honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19. Many special activities are planned for nursing home residents, staff, and visitors throughout the week at Palo Alto County nursing home facilities. --Lori Hall photo
At Emmetsburg Care Center, the celebration begins on Monday, May 14, with Rosemary Matthews sharing about her Journey to Ireland at 10:30 a.m. At 2:15 p.m., a Decade Dress Up Contest will be held-dress up in the style of your favorite decade.
On Tuesday, May 15, residents will play the game Where Am I at 10 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., Mainstreet Memories Mall will present a Journey Down Memory Lane.
Another game, 12 or Less, will be played at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. In the afternoon, at 2 p.m. enjoy root beer floats and a car show during Floats and Wheels.
Country Breakfast and P.J. Day is Thursday, May 17. Team leaders will be cooking breakfast; serving begins at 7:30 a.m. Employees will wear their pajamas to work on this day. At. 10 a.m. guests are invited to bring in their family treasures for an antique show-and-tell. At 2:30 p.m. Amy Martini, manager of the Emmetsburg Pizza Ranch, will share the Pizza Ranch Journey.
On Friday, May 18, the Care Center will host the Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Sundae Social will wrap up the week of fun at 2 p.m.
Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg also has five days of special events scheduled.
Monday, May 14 is Be a Kid Day. In the afternoon residents will be playing kids' games followed by warm cookies and milk.
On Tuesday, May 15, residents will test their knowledge of 1930s trivia in honor of Hobo Day.
Old Fashioned Hat Day is Wednesday, May 16. Residents will also be wearing purple for peace.
Patriotic Day is Thursday, May 17. At 2 p.m., Lakeside will be honoring veterans followed by a social hour at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 18 is Get Lost in the 50s Day. Fancy Fingers begins at 1:15 p.m.
PARC Hall in Emmetsburg has a variety of activities planned, as well.
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, an open house will be held at PARC Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.
Residents' Day is Monday, May 14, when residents will be honored. Pizza will be ordered in, and special activities are scheduled for the afternoon.
On Wednesday, May 16, special treats will be prepared for staff for Staff Day.
An ice cream social will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., bringing the week to a close.
At Ruthven Community Care Center, good food, music, and fun events will be enjoyed.
Mother's Day cake decorating is at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11.
On Wednesday, May 16, a BBQ lunch will be served at 11 a.m.
The Palo Alto County Nature Center will have the program at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, and at 2:30 p.m., there will be music with Jay and Judy.
On Friday, May 18, Bernie Gappa's 100th Birthday Party will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., Staff Fun Contests will be held.
And on Monday, May 21, the week's time capsule will be sealed for the future.
West Bend Care Center will commemorate the week by hosting an omelet breakfast for the community from 7 to 9 a.m. on Monday, May 14. At 2 p.m., there will be a balloon lift-off.
On Tuesday, May 15, the Polka Dots will entertain. The Angel Memorial will be held at 6:30 p.m.
A Resident Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, and Glenn Henriksen will entertain at 1 p.m.
On Thursday, May 17, a special coffee for nursing will be held.
Wrapping up the week will be a trip to the Tulip Festival in Orange City on Friday, May 18.