National Nursing Home Week celebrated at Choctaw Nursing and Rehab

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center recognized and celebrated National Nursing Home Week 2015 from May 10-16. This was the facility’s first celebration of the occasion while under the new management team of Sunflower Management Company. Residents and staff enjoyed a week full of activities, fun, food while recognizing the service of volunteers of the facility.

The week of fun and festivities began with the annual Balloon Launch by the residents on May 11. The event allows residents to enjoy the Mississippi weather all the while celebrating the occasion. The day also featured “Favorite T-shirt Day”, which residents showed support of their favorite sporting teams.

Later that afternoon, an Ice Cream Social was held in the nursing home’s cafeteria for the residents and staff members. The event allowed for residents and staff to enjoy the goodness of the cool treat while socializing with each other.

May 12 was “Western Day” at the nursing home, with residents wearing hats and bandanas. May 13 was “Mexican Day” or “Wear Red” day, with residents wearing sombreros and served Mexican dishes for lunch as well.

May 14 was classified as “Hat Day”, giving residents the opportunity to wear unique as well as entertaining headgear around the home.

That afternoon the Nursing Home Auxiliary was proud to hold a Staff Appreciation Tea to recognize the hard work of the staff. Volunteers Glenda Whittington, Millie Newman, and Anne McCool were on hand to serve the staff with a table full of delicious snacks to show their appreciation of their dedication and caring of the residents in the home.

The ladies also held a drawing for a door prize for the staff during the tea. The winner of the door prize, which was a lovely houseplant, was staff member Monique Knowles.

The week wrapped up with T-Shirt Day on May 15, with the staff showing off their custom t-shirts provided by the administration of the nursing home. At noon that same day a cookout was held for the residents, which featured hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill.

Residents of Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center participate in a balloon release in celebration of National Nursing Home Week May 10-16, 2015. The yearly event is held for residents, who enjoy being in the fresh air and releasing the balloons into the sky

Residents of Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center participate in a balloon release in celebration of National Nursing Home Week May 10-16, 2015. The yearly event is held for residents, who enjoy being in the fresh air and releasing the balloons into the sky

The Nursing Home Auxiliary was on hand to serve the staff of Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center during their Staff Appreciation Day on May 14. The Auxiliary is very important to the home, with their volunteer services being helpful to the staff. Pictured are (l to r) Glenda Whittington, Millie Newman, and Ann McCool.

The Nursing Home Auxiliary was on hand to serve the staff of Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center during their Staff Appreciation Day on May 14. The Auxiliary is very important to the home, with their volunteer services being helpful to the staff. Pictured are (l to r) Glenda Whittington, Millie Newman, and Ann McCool.

Residents at the Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center bring out their inner “cowboy” and “cowgirl” as they recognize “Western Day” during the recognition of National Nursing Home Week at the home.

Residents at the Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center bring out their inner “cowboy” and “cowgirl” as they recognize “Western Day” during the recognition of National Nursing Home Week at the home.

The Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center staff enjoyed a day of snacks and fellowship during Staff Appreciation Day at the home. The event is part of National Nursing Home Week, which the home took part in on May 10-16.

The Choctaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center staff enjoyed a day of snacks and fellowship during Staff Appreciation Day at the home. The event is part of National Nursing Home Week, which the home took part in on May 10-16.