PARIS — Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris has announced plans for the 2014 National Nursing Home Week. The week-long celebration will be held from May 11-17. The celebration is sponsored by the American Health Care Association.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Living the Aloha Spirit.” In Hawaii, the word “aloha” has a deeper significance than just a fond farewell. By living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world.

The week of celebration is to recognize people residing in nursing homes across the country, as well as the many employees in these facilities. The goal in long term care and post-acute skilled nursing care centers is always person-centered team care in a harmonious, caring environment.

There are special events planned for each day throughout the week. The week begins on Mother’s Day, with a celebratory tea for residents and their families. There will be an Elvis Presley impersonator, a magician, special themed meals and a juggling act by the Tardy Brothers. The staff at the home also can partake in the week-long celebration.

Narrative biographies of current residents, organized by staff members, will be on display throughout the week.

Written and directed by Ron Figgaratto, an occupational therapist at the facility, is a play based on the television series, “Gilligan’s Island,” starring staff members.

The wellness committee, which is an active focus of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence, will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 16. Proceeds will go to the Christmas grocery bag project.

Maine Veterans Home, at 477 High St., is a 90-bed facility offering skilled nursing and rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted living and dementia care. It has been in existence for 19 years, and joins five other veterans’ homes around the state.

For more information about National Nursing Home week, or about the facility, visit www.maineveteranshomes.org or call 207-743-6300.


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