Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, had a busy December in 2018 with many community interactions.
The fun began with the local chamber of commerce’s “Elf on the Shelf” hide-and-seek event. The facility was proud to host Charlie, the sneaky elf, who popped into various businesses and left clues for the community to find him. Charlie allegedly told his handler that he was hiding at the “ever-so-green North Pole.” The winner was greeted by residents and received a prize bag of Evergreen items from the facility.
The facility donated two roasted turkeys to the local Christmas dinner. This event helps serve more than 1,200 community members and is a long-standing tradition in the town.
Another community event the facility proudly participated in was the Christmas light parade. Led by Kara Finger, executive director; Jennifer Carr, health information manager; Ruth Kintz, nurse; and TJ Hill. The float featured a gingerbread house replica with George, the gingerbread man, carrying a lighted cane, and Gracie, the gingerbread woman, walking with the help of a lighted walker.
Community members of all ages interacted with residents. To bring the residents company and cheer, Alamosa Girl Scout troop 3652 delivered Christmas cards while wearing decorative vests. Centauri High School students also raised money and supplied stockings filled with small Christmas gifts for every resident. Even the local Latter-Day Saints church brought stockings filled with candy.
Volunteer, Edna Latini, held group Bible study sessions, helped lead the group in singing Christmas carols and even gave each resident with presents of shampoo, lotion and warm socks.
As a final gift to residents, the facility created a partnership with the local Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchise and implemented “Pizza Fridays” with Papa Murphy’s each week. The first round of pizzas was greeted with excitement by the residents.
“We are grateful to our community for including us in the special programs throughout the month,” said Ericha Loosbrock, director of marketing and admissions. “It is heartwarming to know that our small town looks forward to the contributions our seniors can make.”