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National Nursing Home Week at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, was a fun and active time this year.


From May 14-19, 2017, the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility held a variety of events based on the national theme, “The Spirit of America.”


The celebration kicked off on Sunday, May 14, with a Mother’s Day tea. Residents and their family members gathered at the facility to enjoy finger sandwiches, tea and lemonade, while listening to music. Associates handed out roses to the ladies.


Monday, May 15, was Great Outdoors Day. Associates decorated the facility with fishing, hunting, boating and camping gear and dressed up in their outdoor clothing. Residents enjoyed s’mores and played a duck pond game and Nerf gun target shooting.


The next day was Sports Day, and residents enjoyed popcorn and peanuts while watching associates compete in a friendly game of baseball outside. Residents also received pens that looked like baseball bats.


Wednesday was Derby Day, and associates distributed derby hats to residents and staff members to wear. Departments competed in a race in the parking lot using cardboard boxes as horses. Each department decorated its own, and winners of the race received trophies.


Residents enjoyed an all-American road trip theme on Thursday with everyone dressing up in their favorite destination T-shirt or hat. Residents enjoyed apple pie à la mode for dessert.


The week ended with ’50s Day on Friday, complete with a sock hop. Residents and associates alike dressed in clothing reminiscent of the decade, such as poodle skirts and leather jackets. In the dining room, residents and associates enjoyed root beer floats, hot dogs and popcorn, and some of them danced to music from the ’50s along with dancers from the Bonner Senior Center who attended.


“Music played overhead every day to the theme of the day, and a movie was played for our residents to watch in their rooms after the main activity,” said Cathy Ellis, marketing director. “Meals for the residents were planned for the theme of the day as well.”

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