Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Aloha" Theme Huge Hit

Tom Burke

The 2014 National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) theme “Living the Aloha Spirit” was a huge hit all across the US. AHCA members embraced Hawaiian pride with the spirit of kindness and respect as they found joyful and entertaining ways to celebrate with staff, residents, family members and volunteers. Many centers had an influx of local VIPs, proclamations signed by mayors and governors and most saw an increase in media coverage of the week’s activities.

Nursing care centers demonstrated the “Aloha Spirit” theme in a variety of ways throughout the week and even beyond the week-long celebration. The creativity and hard work at the care centers displayed the dedication people have in long term and post- acute care centers. These festivities showed what a person-centered team, interacting while having fun, can look like. AHCA provided members with a Planning Guide and Product Catalogue to help them have successful events.

Mother’s Day introduced the week of Living the Aloha Spirit with a variety of fun activities. These included everything from live entertainment with Hawaiian-themed music, glamour shots, spa nights and breakfasts with family, to tea party socials, sundaes on Sunday, and flowers with family. The fun continued through the week with virtual trips to Hawaii, Aloha Bingo, cultural lessons on Hawaiian traditions, Hawaiian language classes and more. There were specialty scenic photo sessions, building your own volcanoes, leis, tiki masks, and “So You Think You Can Hula” dance competitions. Many ended the week with traditional Hawaiian Luaus complete with costumes and feasts. It was an impressive display of how fun never gets old.

Check out the many colorful photos and postings on the NNHW Facebook page to relive the Aloha Spirit yourself. Below are some of the examples of staff, volunteers, residents and family enjoying the Aloha Spirit to the fullest.

Pictured: Ralph Zimmerman-family member
Julie Popielarz- therapist
Charles Collins- family member

Hawaiian Luau Night at Tendercare in Tawas City, Michigan
From left to right, back row:
Karen Merkel- volunteer
Donna Richey-volunteer
Priscilla Redwick-volunteer
Michael Svejcara- Unit Manager
Anna Tenorio- Life Enrichment Director
Ralph Zimmerman- family member
Ida Chester-Admission Coordinator
Kaulana Tyson- Life Enrichment Assistant and CNA
Mallory Popielarz- Life Enrichment Assistant
Hanna Neil –CNA
Charles Collins- family member
Erica Martin- Social Services Director
Front row:
Richard Bellon- resident
Josephine McIntosh- resident
Rosalie Richards- resident
Up in the air
The Big Kahuna, Dr. Jeremy Broughton, Administrator 

Building volcanoes at Tendercare with Lila Bublitz and Rosalie Richards

Katie Spelce making leis at Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Taylorsville, NC

Kelly Bowman dancing with Activity Assistant Jennifer Hefner at Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Taylorsville, NC (wife Mabel Bowman in pink clapping in background)

Also, AHCA will be announcing the 2015 NNHW theme soon so be sure to visit the NNHW Facebook page for this announcement. The theme promises to be as much fun as the “Aloha Spirit.”

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