Clay Health Center and Rehabilitation Services is observing National Nursing Home Week by offering a schedule packed with a variety of activities for residents and staff members to enjoy.
Every day of the week long celebration has been started with coffee hour accompanied by stimulating conversation and the newspaper and conclude with a daily drawing for resident and staff prizes. Sunday was the official kick-off day with Mother's Day memories discussed over coffee and sweet rolls. The ladies were all presented with Mother's Day gifts and River Community Church provided music. Monday was declared "Green Thumb Day" and residents gathered on the patio to plant flowers followed by bingo with guest of honor, Mayor Tom Arthur, and root beer floats.
Tuesday was "Resident Appreciation Day" with residents showing their appreciation to staff members by serving them cookies and punch along with a thank you card. Activity Director Shirley Pollom says that this event always makes the staff emotional. There will also be a pancake toss contest and Jane Wertz will provide musical entertainment.
Residents may have thought they'd gone back to the wild west with Wednesday's theme, "Chuckwagon Day". This day will include a John Wayne movie, picnic style meal, a guess the songs game and musical entertainment with Joe and Annie on the patio. Thursday was "Pet Day" and staff, families and friends were invited to bring pets to visit the residents throughout the day and photos will be taken to put on display. This was also the day that staff members got their just desserts because residents got to throw a pie at their favorite staff member. Representatives from the House of Hope will also stop by to read, sing and tell stories. Members of the House of Hope have been donating time at the nursing home for almost three years.
Pollomstates, "They have been very good to our residents."
Today is "Things You're Never Too Old To Enjoy Day" and some of those things are a balloon launch, cake walk, popcorn, homemade ice cream and a scavenger hunt that will have residents linking clues together in order to win a prize. Dr. Charles French, Clay Health Center and Rehabilitation Services' Medical Director, also made an appearance with his calliope which has been featured at many Clay County events and parades.
Saturday marks the end of National Nursing Home Week with "Fun in the Sun" day with a beach movie starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and a spelling bee and popsicles on the patio. The facility will also raffle off a double sided fleece french knot blanket which has been handmade by one of the residents.