Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Residents at Stillwater Creek were celebrated by famlies, staff and various other people for nursing home week.

Stillwater Creek put on a pandemic parade for their residents in honor of National Nursing Home week.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, participants arrived at Stillwaggin' Dog Park to line up for the parade that ended at Stillwater Creek.

Residents gathered outside with masks on their faces and signs in their hands to enjoy a day specifically for them. 

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Linda McConkey showcased her sign saying, "We're all doin fine" for the pandemic parade held Wednesday at Stillwater Creek.

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Rhonda Walker proudly showed off her sign that sparked laughter during the parade on Wednesday. 

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Christy Neal poses with a message to her parents who particpated in the parade.

“They're celebrating national nursing home week. So, we get to celebrate the residents being in long-term care facilities,” administrator Jennifer Richmond said.

The Stillwater Police Department, Fire Department and LifeNet arrived blaring their sirens and horns to wish the residents a happy day. 

Families, friends and many others arrived with decorated cars to cheer them on.

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Nina Grace Cook celebrated nursing home week with a snocone from Cruisin Street Treats.

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Rhonda Walker poses with Jamie, the Director of Nursing at Stillwater Creek to celebrate nursing home week.

Rhonda Walker, a resident, said it "was really cool" when the ambulance and firefighters came up.

Nursing Homes have had very limited contact since the outbreak of the coronavirus. This parade put a smile on everyone's faces.

Pam Blevins, a resident said her favorite part of the day was getting fresh air and everyone being out there.

“I think they loved it. We've had a lot of social distancing and quarantine, with limited visitors. So, this was a great turnout with residents, staff and a great turnout with families,” Richmond said. 

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Rhonda Walker poses with Jamie, the Director of Nursing at Stillwater Creek to celebrate nursing home week.

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Family members showed up to safely celebrate the residents at Stillwater Creek for nursing home week.

Stillwater Creek celebrates National Nursing Home week with parade

Ashlynd Huffman/Stillwater News Press Stillwater Creek celebrated nursing home week by having a pandemic parade for the residents.

Richmond said she is proud of her staff for how they have adapted to the changes and created new ways for residents to still do activities.

“We've had a lot of one-on-one stuff, a lot of hallway games, and a lot of hallway snacks to meet the residents' needs,” she said.

It was evident how thankful the residents were for the celebration. 

"They took time to recognize us and I think that is really cool," Walker said.

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