Debbie Chitwood, Sheila Cantrell, Josh Karn are among those honored during National Nursing Home Week

At Plymouth Harbor’s Smith Care Center, the compassion, dedication, and expertise of the health care staff are the qualities most often cherished by residents who receive care.  We like to think our gratitude is expressed every day, but for one week every May the entire country celebrates National Nurses Week and timed to coincide with the May 12th birthday of the most famous nurse of all, Florence Nightingale.

The staff of the Smith Care Center planned an entire week of fun activities to honor the nursing staff by combining National Nurses Week with National Nursing Home Week from May 12 through 18. The week started with Monday morning continental breakfast and Tuesday Nurses Cap Day. Nurses donned their traditional white caps and enjoyed an ice cream social, resident/staff relay race, and a Blessing of the Hands.

Liz Clark and Bridgett Chapman guess the number of lifesavers in the jar.

Wednesday launched with a morning of bingo with prizes and pizza for everyone in the living room. The feast continued on Thursday when the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) were given special honors with an afternoon of Decadent Desserts.

By Friday, it was time for some outdoor fun. Staff from across the campus, and some residents, too, gathered for an afternoon light picnic and a bean-bag toss tournament out on the bayside lawn under a beautiful flowering jacaranda tree.  It was a gorgeous warm, sunny day and nearly everyone took their turn trying to toss their bean bags right into the target. It was good old-fashioned fun.

It was a light-hearted way to say “Thank you” to all the nursing staff for their day-in day-out jobs well done.  Until next year!

A day of decadent desserts! Margaret McFarlane, Pat Ringstaff, Nancy Cressotti, Dorothy Barichak, Andy Davis, Carol Dodson (l-r)

Harry Hobson, Erwin Edelman, and Joe Devore at the picnic.

A big hug for Karen Novak and Carol Dotson, who donned their nurses caps.