National Nursing Home Week is May 9-15 and this year's theme is "Caring Is a Work of Heart."
Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville kicked off their celebration over the weekend. Saturday, there was a balloon lift-off and Mother's Day Luncheon and Sunday, a Mother's Day Honor was held to recognize the ladies of Cloverleaf accompanied by coffee, rolls and the gospel music of Chester Haypenny.
Dottie Burgess, Director of Admissions and Resident Services said of the week, "We basically go all out."
Monday brought a cookout lunch on the patio and Mayor Tom Arthur and his daughter called the evening Bingo game. Tuesday the residents visited the 'fruit market' during the day with a mock market offering. An assortment of fresh fruits and E.E. "Buz" Burgess delighted the residents with a variety of music from "the good ol' days," during a program he refers to as "Old Time Favorite Music." This led up to what Dottie says is the highlight of the week, the "Annual County Auction." This activity will be held Wednesday evening with auctioneers Chris and Brady Pell auctioning off donated items that the residents can buy with Monopoly money. The other activity for the day is a Sidewalk Cafe with specialty coffees and homemade coffee cakes to be enjoyed by the residents.
Thursday marks the Annual Friends and Family Pitch-In Dinner in which friends and family of the staff and residents are invited to bring one or two covered dishes to share with other guests. Dottie says the event ends up being like a big family reunion. The week of celebrating comes to a close on Friday with Staff Appreciation Day in which everyone will create their own submarine sandwich.
"Our slogan is caring for people and we really do put a lot of heart into this for our residents and their families," Dottie stated.