National Nursing Home week is May 10-14 and Holly Hill Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility Inc. at 501 S. Murphy Ave. has been celebrating this week with special activities and entertainment.
While Holly Hill does offer activities everyday, they are normally run by Certified Activity Director Tina Bullock. This week, all staff members get to be involved.
Bullock states, "This is the week we can have fun and break the monotony of the everyday activities."
The activities are planned on a monthly basis based on what the residents enjoy. For example; every Tuesday is Bingo and Wednesday is baking day. But Administrator Sally Schutte says the activities get bumped-up a little and some entertainment is thrown into the mix.
The festivities kicked off on Friday with a Mother's Day Tea in which resident's families were invited to attend. Flowers and door prizes were given to the guests and homemade baked goods made up the menu.
Activities resumed on Monday with Crazy Hat Day which allowed residents and staff members to wear a hat of their choice throughout the day. Tuesday carried on a Holly Hill tradition, Mayor's Day, with Mayor Tom Arthur calling the weekly Bingo game. Wednesday was Western day with cowboy singer Jack Milan of Ill. performing to a corral of cowpokes dressed in their festive western attire. Thursday brought a carnival in the courtyard with a variety of games and prizes that also gave the residents a chance to be outside. Friday is Resident and Staff Appreciation Day celebrated with a cook-out and certificates for both staff members and residents to remind them what an asset they are to the Holly Hill community.