An Island Vacation in Richmond

Mother’s day was in full bloom at Arbor Trace Health and Living Community as 75 residents and family members received long stemmed carnations at a luncheon honoring the mothers in the community. The meal of chicken salad on croissants, salads and dessert was prepared by the dietary staff with the Activities Department serving. The luncheon was held in the Bistro with beautiful music and a quiet get-together to remember the love of a daughter and her mom. The mother’s day event was also the unofficial kick-off to National Nursing Home Week.
The theme of National Nursing Home Week was Aloha Spirit and every day the community held a special event with a Hawaiian motif. On Monday, the Activities Department filled two wading pools with sand and one with water. Seashells were buried in the sand. Residents armed with shovels and pails searched for the shells and collected them for future use. Some of the residents made sand castles, others dipped their feet in the water. The weather was beautiful with sun and clear skies. Almost like Hawaii. In the evening there was Aloha Bingo with prizes from the islands.
Tuesday was Hawaiian trivia. Did you know there are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet, Vowels: A, E, I, O, U and the consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, and W? There was Hawaiian pizza delivered for residents and family members which was enjoyed outside on the patio. On Wednesday the Boot Scootin’ Belles from Richmond, Indiana performed. According to Tonya Pennington, Activities Director, the line dancing Belles are one of the favorites of the community. They aslo celebrated the birthday’s of the month, and of course keeping with the theme, they had pineapple upside down cake and everyone got a lei.
On Thursday residents gathered together and using the seashells from Monday glued them to picture frames to make gorgeous works of art. Thursday night was the luau. Over 100 residents, staff, and family enjoyed pulled pork, sweet potato fries and fresh fruit. Hawaiian shirts were the uniform of the day. Friday was the final event for the week, there was a hula hoop contest with the ever popular lemon shake ups for a treat.
Overall the week-long event was filled with fun, good food, and entertainment. Arbor Trace Health and Living is pleased to honor the staff and residents during the appreciation week. Arbor Trace looks for ways to engage their seniors with delightful and fun experiences. To learn more about the exceptional care that is provided by our community call us at 765-939-3701, or visit at 3701 Hodgin Rd Richmond, IN.