Nursing homes here and across the country are observing Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 12-18. Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown read a proclamation Monday at Heritage Inn and Rehabilitation Center in Statesboro.
Heritage Inn Administrator Tiffany Peavy, Director of Nursing Barbara Roberts and Activities Director Susan Oliver welcomed Brown and Aneshia Hill, the Sheriff’s Office’s court services administrative assistant, as guests for the kickoff of a week of activities. The nursing home on Jones Mill Road houses 79 residents, cared for by about 70 staff members, among them registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, Peavy said.
More than 15 of the residents and a number of staff members gathered in Heritage Inn’s garden area for the proclamation and balloon release. Then they went inside for a reception with lemonade and sweet tea.
This kicked off Heritage Inn’s week of special activities themed “Living Soulfully.”
Tuesday brings Soulful Spa Therapy, where residents can enjoy a spa treatment with nail care, lotion, candles, an infuser and oils throughout the day, plus a guest speaker and the opening of a time capsule.
Wednesday will be Sock Hop Day, with a “cake roll,” like a cake walk and featuring 1950s music, plus ice cream floats and bingo. In fact, there will be bingo throughout the week, because it is a favorite or many residents, Oliver said.
Thursday is Pajama Day, featuring a Dog Agility Show with pet-therapy canines, as well as some games for residents. Friday will bring a “Throw Back to Soul Music,” including a picnic.
This week also happens to be Police Week, centered on Peace Officers Memorial Day, Wednesday. Sheriff Brown asked residents to think of law enforcement officers killed or injured on duty and their families and to include all officers in their prayers.