BLANCHESTER — Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is celebrating National Nursing Home Week.
The week-long festivities kicked off Monday with a visit from a little 2.5 lb.-wallaby from Horsefeathers Farm in Clarksville. Residents got to hold the baby wallaby and have their picture taken with her.
Bob Heyob, the owner of Horsefeathers Farm, said Horsefeathers Farm, will host an open house June 10 with the theme day lilies and wallabies. They open at 10 .am. — pack a lunch and roam the farm, hunt fossils, meet the wallabies or just hang out.
Blanchester Vice Mayor Cindy Sutton was also on hand to help the Continental Manor residents kick off the celebration.
Activity Director Lisa Beach said that on Tuesday the dietary department of Continental Manor was planning a western theme with chili and a “Panning for Gold” activity for the residents; they will be sifting through sand for prizes. Also that day, the environmental services department planned a Domino’s Pizza and bingo party.
On Thursday, the nursing department will be planting vegetables in the new raised bed, while the residents enjoy root beer floats. “We have BDK to thank for donating the landscaping timbers for the raised bed,” said Beach. “The residents are looking forward to raising a small garden!”
On Friday the administration will be doing a cookout in the backyard, with desserts provided by the therapy department.
Since 1967, National Nursing Home Week has been incorporated into the celebration of Older Americans Month. National Nursing Home Week spotlights nursing home residents and staff and encourages everyone to celebrate the elders who make a positive difference in the lives of every American.