South Shore, Crossroads mark National Nursing Home Week

WORTHINGTON -- Residents and staff at South Shore Care Center and Crossroads Care Center have been enjoying a week of fun activities as they celebrate National Nursing Home Week (NNHW).

Residents at Crossroads Care Center enjoying the "Red, White and Blue" program at the facility as part of activities celebrating National Nursing Home Week. (Martina Baca / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON  - Residents and staff at South Shore Care Center and Crossroads Care Center have been enjoying a week of fun activities as they celebrate National Nursing Home Week (NNHW).


NNHW, which runs May 14-20, was established by the American Health Association in 1967 and provides an opportunity for residents, staff and volunteers to recognize the role of nursing care centers.


Both South Shore and Crossroads have been hosting events throughout this week under the theme “The Spirit of America” to recognize the staff’s hard work while providing a fun environment for residents. Scott Buchanan, administrator at the two facilities, said the week of celebration began Monday with a balloon launching at the South Shore facility. More programing, such as an ice cream social and games, are planned later in the week.



“For most of our staff, this is not only a 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job to get a paycheck,” Buchanan said. “Some of them are very invested in the care that we provide here. I think it's very important to recognize the hard work that goes into providing the care for the residents.”


Buchanan said hosting activities where the staff and residents can participate together helps strengthen their relationships, which have a positive impact on the residents’ well-beings. In addition, he said the social interaction and the activities aim to make the residents feel at home.


“We don’t want this to be just an institution,” Buchanan said. “We want residents to come here and feel independent … and do some fun activities just like they would do activities in the community.”


On Wednesday, staff and residents at both facilities were encouraged to wear red, white and blue clothing.



Crossroads resident June Boots, 88, said she was excited to start Wednesday's programing, which included entertainment and karaoke.


‘I don't think I am going to sing, but I know it’s going to be a fun program,” she said.


Boots added that she has participated in most of the activities the center has organized, such as patriotic bingo, outdoor games and bus rides.


“We have a lot of fun here,” Boots said. “It’s a really nice place to be.”



Connie Geertsema, 72, has been a long-time resident at Crossroads Care Center and said that the center feels like home to her.


“It keeps me active,” Geertsema said. “It keeps me going.”


Also during Wednesday’s program, Worthington City Council member Larry Janssen read the proclamation for NNHW.


“I feel very honored and I think it’s a real privilege to come and talk to these people,”  Janssen said. “I feel very dedicated to these people for what they have contributed to society.”


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