Once a year, always beginning on Mother’s Day, skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes nationwide celebrate National Nursing Home Week (NNHW). This national observance spotlights nursing home residents and staff and encourages all to celebrate those that make a positive difference in their lives every day. The week also provides an opportunity to honor all those who contribute to our nation’s nursing homes – residents, family members, employees and volunteers.

This year’s unifying theme was “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart.” This theme underscores the bond between staff, older adults, and individuals receiving therapies or with developmental disabilities. Staff and residents view each other in the spirit of family.

In celebration of the week, the Jewish Home and Care Center (JHCC) planned the following programs:

A Musical Afternoon featuring Rick Aaron with Carmen & Kostia
Sunday, May 8, 2:00 pm

Longest Banana Split in Our World
Monday, May 9, 2:00 pm
Volunteers created, and ate, this ice cream concoction.
Sponsored by the JHCC Foundation

“Heartfelt Thanks” Posters
Tuesday, May 10
Messages of appreciation were written for staff while “You mean the world to us” candy was distributed on the floors.

Caring Partners Lunch & Learn Panel Discussion: Art and Music Therapy in Memory Care
Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 am
Sponsored by Hand in Hand, Volunteer Partners in Caring

Fashion Show featuring Mequon Jewish Preschool, JHCC staff and residents
Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 pm

“It’s A Small World” Social Featuring “Getting To Know You” Bingo, popcorn and drinks.
Friday, May 13, 2:30 pm

“National Nursing Home Week creates occasions for staff and residents to take time out to be with each other, celebrating relationships,” said Carol Lukaszewicz. “We hope to continue fostering relationships and memories during this week and throughout the rest of the year.”

Find out more about how you can become a part of National Nursing Home Week at the Jewish Home
and Care Center by visiting www.jewishseniorliving.org/get-involved
.