GRAFTON—Celebrations for National Skilled Nursing Care Week are in full swing at Taylor Health Care Center.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week was established by the American Health Care Association in 1967. The week provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Annually National Skilled Nursing Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 13, and continues through May 19. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Life’s Stories,” and serves as a tribute to life’s most significant events, relationships and experiences.
To celebrate the week, Taylor Health Care Center has activities planned for residents and staff to enjoy, and a special community event is planned for the end of the week.
On Sunday, the center started the week-long celebration with a special Mother’s Day Tea.
Activity Director Joyce Moore shared that families were invited to come to the facility and enjoy finger foods, refreshments and music with their loved ones.
Accordionist Michael Takash provided some entertainment for guests to enjoy throughout the afternoon.
On Monday, residents and staff enjoyed the weather and gathered outside for a balloon launch.
Mayor Peggy Barney was in attendance at the event to read a proclamation declaring May 14-20, 2018 as National Skilled Nursing Care Week in the community of Grafton.
She urged all citizens to visit with friends and loved ones who reside at these facilities and to help honor those who serve the individuals, who laid the foundations of Grafton, by participating in this year’s celebration.
“We salute our community’s citizens now residing in nursing facilities, many of whom planted the seeds that made our community grow,” recited Barney.
After the proclamation was read, Moore led a countdown and the balloons were launched into the sky. After, refreshments and snacks were served as residents and staff enjoyed the sunny weather.
In addition, many more activities are planned for residents to enjoy throughout the week including glamour shots, a 50’s dance, root beer floats, a veteran’s event, ice cream and music.
On Friday, the center would like to extend an invitation to the community to come take part in the celebration by hosting a Carnival Fun Day.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Assistant Activity Director Jennifer Lyons shared that they have many fun activities planned for the community to enjoy.
“We are having a petting zoo, a bounce house, face painting, a ball pit, games, a craft station, prizes, food and much more,” commented Lyons.
She shared that the center wants to be involved in the community and offer family-friendly events.
“We are excited for the carnival and hope that the community will come out and enjoy a fun day with us,“ added Lyons.