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Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

By Staff | May 7, 2009

NATIONAL NURSING HOME WEEK – Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad recently signed a proclamation recognizing May 10-16 as National Nursing Home Week. This year’s theme is “Nurturing A Love That Lasts.” Activities are planned during the week at nursing home facilities throughout Palo Alto County. Pictured (front row, from left) are Randy Perry, Mayor John Schad, Irene Crook, and Dorothy Wolfe. Middle Row: Elaine Sikora, Leona Origer, Dorothy Halstead, and Marjorie Gannon. Back Row: Marketing Director Lori Morey, Mary Ann Needham, Activity Director Sharon Manwarren, Office Assistant/CNA Stephanie Jensen, and Interim Administrator Tammy Shimon. – Lori Hall photo

Everyone is invited to help celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16, along with area nursing home residents and staff. The American Health Care Association established the week-long celebration in 1967. This year’s theme is “Nurturing A Love That Lasts.”

Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad recently signed a proclamation declaring the week as a time to “honor all the elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes by visiting or volunteering at a local nursing home to bring good cheer to the residents and appreciation to the staff that care for the residents.”

Many special activities are planned at nursing home facilities throughout Palo Alto County.

Emmetsburg Care Center will kick-off the week early by hosting the Chamber Coffee on Friday, May 8, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the week, western attire will be the clothing of choice at the Emmetsburg Care Center. Residents and staff, alike, will celebrate “Fair Week.” On Monday, May 11, a Doll Show will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Pie and Ice Cream Social from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A Quilt Show will be held on Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. along with Farm Games at 1:30 p.m. On Wednesday, May 13, the Fair Queen Contest gets underway at 9:30 a.m., and the Brown Bag Auction begins at 1:30 p.m.

A Western Dress Contest will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, followed by a Cake Walk and Funnel Cakes at 1:30 p.m. An Animal Show will wrap up the week of fun at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

Lakeside Lutheran Home will begin their celebration on Monday, May 11. Activities and Social Services will host morning cappuccino and rolls for residents and staff. The afternoon will be spent enjoy the outdoors and fishing. On Tuesday, May 12, the Nursing Department will host “Crazy Races” in the parking lot in the afternoon. Housekeeping and Laundry will host “Lakeside’s Got Talent” for Lakeside’s residents and staff in the dining room at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

On Thursday, May 14, Dietary will host a “Hoe Down” Community Supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There will horse-drawn wagon rides, as well as a meal of sloppy Joes, potato salad, and baked beans. Everyone is invited to this free event.

Office Personnel and Maintenance will host an Olympic Challenge for the residents in the dining room at 2 p.m. Medals and trophies will be awarded.

PARC Hall will open the week of activities on Sunday, May 10, with a Mother’s Day Tea Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 11, will bring goodies for the hospital employees. Tuesday, May 12, will be a time to recognize PARC Hall’s volunteers during “Happy Hour.” Staff Day is Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14, is Residents’ Day. Special musical entertainers will come during the afternoon. In the evening, residents may have their choice of a special take-out supper.

West Bend Care Center begins their celebration of National Nursing Home Week on Monday, May 11, with a helium balloon lift-off at 10 a.m. A special meal for the residents will follow at 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, May 12, at 1:15 p.m., residents will enjoy music provided by Martin Zaugg and Jim Schmidt. Spa Day is Wednesday, May 13. Root beer floats will be served at 2:30 p.m. On Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m., residents and staff, alike, will enjoy Kuyper’s Donuts. Friday, May 15, wraps up the week of events with a Scavenger Hunt for staff and residents at 10 a.m. and a Potluck Dinner at 11:30 a.m.