On July 4, 2018, Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, participated in the town’s Independence Day parade.
Not only that, but the skilled nursing and rehab center tied for first place in the float contest! Jennifer Carr, health information manager, designed the float.
“Alamosa is in a fire ban right now because of the high winds and local fires, so Jennifer designed a true campsite float with a tent, campfire (paper flames, of course!) and fishing poles,” said Ericha Loosbrock, admissions and marketing director.
The float featured Christmas trees as evergreen trees, and sparkly poles hung overhead with red, white and blue sparkling balloons to represent fireworks. Anita Adcock, activities assistant, suggested adding a stuffed bear and stuffed dog since those animals go hand in hand with a camping trip.
As the float made its way along the parade route, Evergreen Nursing Home associates and their children handed out popsicles, cups and stress balls. It was a true team effort, with associates and volunteers joining together to make the parade special.
“It was a fun day and a great team-building activity,” said Loosbrock. “We liked including the residents while we were designing and prepping the float. The best part was seeing our residents’ faces along the parade route. They were so happy and excited to see us!”