Residents and associates at Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, had a lot of fun during National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 13-19, 2018.
The American Health Care Association sponsors the week each year to increase awareness of skilled nursing and rehab centers and showcase how they provide an environment of security and quality of life. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Life’s Stories.”
“Although this week is only seven days for our residents, our teams have fun sharing their creativity and planning strategies for several months beforehand to make the event special for each resident and their guests,” said Ericha Loosbrock, marketing and admissions director. “We had several families coming to the facility each day just to see what the next theme would be and how they could join their parents in the fun!”
The events kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, with a Mother’s Day tea with musical guest Rose Villapando.
Monday, May 14, was ’50s Day with a proclamation from Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman and a classic car show in the East parking lot, as well as a hula-hoop contest.
Tuesday, May 15, was Fiesta Day, with residents and associates donning mustaches and sombreros. Residents participated in games throughout the day.
Wednesday, May 16, was Hawaiian Day, with Hawaiian-themed meals, an afternoon luau with games and a resident art show and craft bazaar. Residents and associates showed off their lei and Hawaiian shirts.
Thursday, May 17, was Western Day, with Western-themed activities throughout the day, s’mores and a country dance in the afternoon. Fred Hargrove was the special musical guest, and in the evening, residents and their families enjoyed a classic Western movie and popcorn.
The week closed out on Friday, May 18, with Carnival Day. The outdoor carnival featured games and treats, including popcorn, cotton candy and barbecue. Tim Longmire was the special musical guest for the day.
“We had a great week,” said Maria Quintana, activity director. “Everybody pitched in to help, and the residents had so much fun. It was great to kick off our summer celebrations with a week-long party. I had a lot of favorite moments, but one that stands out is the time we all played limbo and the residents laughed because our staff had to figure out creative ways to push the residents under the bar without touching it.”
“This is always a fun time of the year for our home,” said Kara Finger, executive director. “Our residents and associates have an exciting week of activities and visits by special guests. We believe our residents have meaningful stories and have made significant contributions to our communities over the years.”