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Residents and associates at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, had an exciting time during National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2019, held May 12 – 18.


The facility began the week with a Mother’s Day tea, in which family members joined residents for fruit, veggies, butter cookies, pastries, lemonade and iced tea.


Throughout the week, residents, associates and family members used heart-shaped sticky notes to write down things that make them happy. They then stuck the notes to a poster of a tree on the main hall as a Tree of Happiness filled with leaves. Each day, the facility also hosted trivia, giveaways and treats and prizes from local vendors.


May 13 was Health and Wellness Day with gentle chair yoga, chair massages, a yogurt parfait bar and a caricature artist.


Comfort dogs came to visit on May 14 for Down on the Farm Day, and residents and associates took part in a scavenger hunt.


May 15 was Day at the Races. Associates decorated wheelchairs, walkers, canes or themselves before taking part in wheelchair races in the front parking lot, much to the delight of the residents. Department teams chose their wheelchair “driver” and “passenger” and rolled a dice to see how many spaces they would move, so the race was a game of chance. Prizes were awarded for first through fourth place. Residents and associates also voted on their favorite decorations, and everyone enjoyed ice cream bars.


“I liked the wheelchair races,” said resident Camille Klaub. “We were outside, and we were able to cheer for our favorite racer and team.”


Dress Your Best was the theme for May 16, and all of the residents had the chance to get a makeover. With their new looks, they got to attend a senior prom complete with refreshments, a photo booth and music to dance the day away, with Cathy Ellis, liaison, serving as DJ. The facility also crowned a Prom King and Queen.


The facility ended the week on May 17 with Sports Day with a cookout for everyone.


“It was a nice week,” said resident Robert Smith. “I loved the prom. I even have a picture from the prom to remember.”

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