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Nursing Home Week is fun for patients, staff

Residents and associates of Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center took on "for better or for worse" and all the fun in between last week in celebration of National Nursing Home Week.

Activities Director Tamicka Franklin said the theme for the week was "enriching life every day."

"So, all the associates spent the week bonding with our residents," she said.

The fun began Monday with associates and residents playing their own version of The Dating Game.

"We shared 'how we met' stories, and it was hilarious," Ms. Franklin said.

The day also included an engagement extravaganza in which everyone was given gigantic toy diamond solitaire rings, which many residents wore throughout the week.

Other activities throughout the week included a "Tying the Knot" day, where they made tie-dye tote bags or t-shirts, wore crazy ties and enjoyed wedding cake; and, "honeymoon day" where they decorated the facility like a cruise ship, wore sailor hats and played casino games. The dining hall that evening was decorated like an olive garden, complete with white table cloths, grapevines and candles. Residents ordered an Italian dinner from printed menus.

The week ended with their "anniversary" in which team-building games were played that included inflating and popping balloons and balloon art.

"It's been real different," resident Geraldine Meadows said. "I've never done anything like this before. It's different, but I like it because I'm having fun."

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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