Friendships and fun topped the celebration week at Town & Country Health & Rehab during National Nursing Home Week.
"We have had a great week this week," said Ethel Ann Washington, Activity Director. "All nursing homes in the area celebrated National Nursing Home Week," she said. "It's great for the residents to enjoy things, they just enjoy it at a different pace."
The week kicked off with a picnic in the garden and playing games. The staff grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the residents.
Tuesday, they had a Muffin Walk where residents exercised.
"On Wednesday, we had residents shoot a movie, 'Where Are They,' " Washington said. "The biggest thing that we did was produce the movie," she continued.
"The movie is a comedy about things the residents would like to do, such as buying sugary drinks and cake, getting a tattoo, dance and buying a new car."
Residents enjoyed the opening of the movie on Thursday.
Friday was Derby Day with a virtual travel to 2013 Derby and a Soul food luncheon.
According to American Health Care Association, National Nursing Home Week was observed in skilled nursing facilities throughout America, beginning Mother's Day, May 12 and continuing through May 18.
NNHW's theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone "pitches in" for optimal outcomes.
The observance is an opportunity to involve families, community members, youth, and others in a community-wide show of support and respect for these individuals and the staff who provide care or support services.
Activities are designed to foster intergenerational contact, strengthen family relationships and to encourage volunteerism by individuals and local organizations.