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Rumford Community Home celebrates
RUMFORD- Rumford Community Home celebrated National Nursing Home Week May 9 – 13 with theme days, games, food, and drawings.
Monday was Wizard of Oz Day and several staff dressed up in Oz costumes. The residents had watched the movie on Saturday so they would be a little more familiar with the characters. The Mayor, Glenda the Good Witch, one of the Lollipop kids, Dorothy, Auntie Em, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow were among the characters joining us.
The Cowardly Lion, portrayed by Katie St. Pierre was the winner of the costume contest.
Employees were served a Kick-Off Breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, blueberry pancakes, a wonderful fruit bowl, and donuts.
Tuesday found us invaded by hippies! Employees appeared to have enjoyed this with many dressing in costume for the day. The winner of the costume contest for Hippie Day was Patty May. Employees were served italian sandwiches for lunch with sandwiches also left for the other two shifts.
Wednesday was Sports Day. This day was much easier for the employees to dress up for and there were many sports and teams represented throughout the day. The winner of the costume for Sports Day was Linda Gaskill. Ice Cream Sundaes were served to employees and the residents enjoyed an ice cream social.
Thursday was Apron Day, with many employees and residents donning aprons for the day. The residents had been working on theirs for several weeks, decorating them as they wanted. The winner of the Apron Contest was Paula Cunningham in her apron that she had made herself. The employees were served meatball subs for lunch on this day with the makings left for the other shifts to enjoy.
Friday was Beach Day. We had a BBQ with ribs and salads. The area was decorated with beach balls and swim rings with the ice bucket being an inflatable swimming pool. Before the day was over, the area was also littered with eggs, broken when games were lost.
The winner of the Beach Day costume was Natasha Tillberg. The rules for Beach Day had included that no bathing suits were allowed unless from the 1920's - and we had one person dressed in a 1920's bathing suit.
Throughout the week, we played games, often taken from the Minute to Win it Game including the baby rattles, the tissue contest, the egg stacking contest, feather game, balloon game, plus riddles and scavenger hunts mixed in throughout each day.
Each winner of the costume contests received a $25 gas card. A total of 75- $2 scratch tickets were given to winners of the games with the biggest winner being $100. A 50/50 was held with both halves given to the lucky people whose names were drawn from the bucket. The 50/50 winners were Coe Coe Gurney and Heidi Charity. All employees who wanted one were also given Rumford Community Home t-shirts.
These events were organized by the Employee Activity Committee who holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise the money to fund this event. They also hold contests throughout the year to keep staff involved and morale up. The favorites have been EAC Squares (which will be returning again soon) and our recent Get to Know Your Managers Game.
National Nursing Home Week is a huge event at our facility and we hope that everyone had a great time and know that they are appreciated every day of the year, not just during Nursing Home Week. Without our dedicated employees, Rumford Community Home would not be what it is today.