GLC-Eupora celebrates Nursing Home Week

From Press Reports


“National Nursing Home Week is a special week for our Golden LivingCenters.

May 12-18 marked National Nursing Home Week, and the 2013 theme set by the American Health Care Association was ‘Team Care,’ stated Neil Kurtz, M.D., president and CEO, Golden Living.

“National Nursing Home Week is a good time to reflect on the ways that our LivingCenters are evolving and the ways in which we work as a team to provide quality care. We are leading the way with dedicated, compassionate staff striving every day to enhance the lives of our patients and residents. Evidence of this comes from our record-setting number of LivingCenters — 71 — that earned a 5-Star Overall rating for April from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Rating System.

“This is an impressive achievement that means we are continuously improving. We need to reaffirm our commitment to our four priorities: accountability, documentation, quality and growth. Let’s continue to strive to live our Golden Living mission: To share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare — one person, one family and one community at a time,” said Kurtz.

National Nursing Home Week began the Sunday of Mother’s Day and continued throughout the week. Golden LivingCenter-Eupora began celebrating nursing home week a bit early on May 9 with Eupora Head Start children performing their graduation program for the residents at 9:45 a.m.

They began their program with the Pledge of Allegiance and then provided a variety of songs, including “Days of the Week,” “I Love You, You Love Me,” “Head Start,” “ABCs,” “Months of the Year,” “Head Start Kids” and concluded with “We Are the World, We Are the Future.”

As always, these students performed an outstanding program, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their production. Each student was provided a bookmark as they departed.

Then at 6:30 p.m., the West Point Mennonite Group came and sang for the residents for about 45 minutes.

“Their voices blend with such harmony, and they are always so happy and friendly to come and share in song,” said LaDonna Caffey, activity director. Each member of the group was provided a GLC nightlight, with a SMILE button and buttermints wrapped in smile packages.

The Eupora Elementary Chorus came to the facility on May 10 and sang a variety of songs for the residents, including “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Brown Bear,” “March of the Ants” and “Three Little Pigs.

“Rachel Fulce, chorus director, always provides a great program, and our residents anticipate any program provided by the chorus,” Caffey said.

On May 12, the residents selected a noon meal of their choice to be served consisting of roast beef, loaded mashed potatoes, California-blend vegetables, rolls and lemon crème pie. Residents were provided a Mother’s Day-themed activity booklet to occupy time throughout the day and a time to visit with family and friends.

May 13 was “Appreciation Day.” Residents enjoyed working together as a team and performing a skit and forming teams to play volleyball in the afternoon. Residents were provided hibiscus folding fans for playing volleyball.

Also, all staff and residents were provided a hamburger social for lunch to kick off the week and show everyone they were appreciated. Also, throughout the day and remainder of the week, community volunteers and staff were provided tokens with encouraging words on them to carry in their pockets to remind them that they are appreciated.

May 14 was “GLC Team Day.” Aegis, GLC therapy department, provided a program exhibiting teamwork within the therapy department. Corey Murphy, director of Therapy Department, led her therapists in the activity. Each therapist was provided a small trophy for a great job.

May 15 was “Bless America Day.” Bro. Danny Woods provided a religious program in word and song at 10 a.m., and each participant was provided a wooden cross on a black cord to wear. Also, at 2:30 p.m., the residents played bingo and received an 11×17 patriotic tote bag decorated with various themes of America. After the bingo game, the residents enjoyed red, white and blue frozen treats.

May 16 was designated as “Volunteer Team Day.” The volunteers from Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and other singers provided the morning singing and devotion. The afternoon program consisted of discussing teams A-Z. The residents were provided treats to enjoy following this activity.

May 17 was “Entertaining Team Day.” The Eupora High School chorus, directed by Fulce, came and performed a program of beautiful songs. They were given a bookmark for sharing their talent with GLC. The afternoon consisted of fun and games galore. Residents played a variety of table games that involved teams, and each resident was given a gold medal to wear for participating.

Everyone enjoyed the week and is looking forward to 2014.

In conclusion, Kurtz stated, “Thanks for everything you do for Golden Living and for our patients and residents.”