Life Care Center of Carrollton, Missouri, celebrated National Nursing Home Week with the theme “The Spirit of America,” May 14-19, 2017.
Opening day was Sunday, May 14, with a Mother’s Day tea. The ladies enjoyed this event as an Elvis tribute artist came and put on an unforgettable show for the residents and their families. The facility served cake and punch for the event.
On Monday, May 15, Life Care Center of Carrolton held its annual car show. This year’s event brought 33 contestants. Resident car enthusiasts served as judges. First place went to Larry Bell with a 69 El Camino, while the residents gave second place to Kevin Brown with a beautiful Chevelle, and third place went to Ronnie Dankenbring with a Ford Mustang.
Residents and guests enjoyed hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy, as well as the opportunity to participate in a cake walk. Shapes dancers also showcased their talent, and for the younger crowd, there was a mechanical bull ride and bounce house.
On May 16, the center hosted a fish fry with the help of Ricky and Ann Eiserer, family members of Michelle Austin, activity director. Local entertainers Rocky King and Doug Scott had the residents and guests singing and tapping their toes, and later in the day, Shirkey’s Hospice provided an ice cream sundae bar with all the fixings.
Wednesday, May 17, was a day of relaxation with Country Cross providing entertainment and Cheri Kincade with Mary Kay pampering residents and associates with facials and hand-softening treatments. Residents also had the chance to take a glamour shot.
Residents enjoyed a petting zoo on Thursday, May 18, courtesy of volunteer Sarah Gerlt, and Steven Fisher, son of Roy Fisher, laundry and housekeeping assistant, gave carriage rides to guests and residents.
The week ended on Friday, May 19, with a barbecue of burgers and brats. Residents enjoyed eating under the pavilion while listening to the juke box.
“I enjoyed the whole week, but the fish fry with the entertainment and the mechanical bull was my favorite,” said resident Doroth Thompson.
National Nursing Home Week is observed every third week of May.
“It just gets bigger and better every year!” said resident Charles Horn.