Nursing home residents create 100-foot-long banana split
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— Residents at Elkton Transitional Care Center were all smiles on Thursday afternoon as they prepared for one of the center’s sweetest tra-
ditions: eating a 100- foot long banana split.
The creation of the massive banana split has been a tradition for about eight years and the sundae gets longer each year, said Scott Hawley, director of guest relations at the center.
“It’s such a novelty,” he said. “( The staff) like to add 10 feet ever y year.”
The ice cream activity was part of Nursing Home Week and provided an opportunity for the residents and staff as well as family members and friends to come together and work on a fun project, Hawley added.
This year’s banana split, made with sherbet as well as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, wrapped around three tables that formed a horseshoe in the center of the room with residents lined up on both sides waiting to dig in. Residents also had their choice of a variety of toppings, including whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips and pineapple chunks.
But for some residents, picking only a few toppings was just too hard.
“I had everything we could do,” said Ginny Keyes, who admitted that the chocolate chips and pineapple chunks were her favorites.
Keyes remembered the banana split sundae the center created last year but was pretty sure that this year’s was bigger. The residents really enjoyed the ice cream, Keyes said, noting that many people “even got it on their faces.”
As for her thoughts on whether the tradition should continue, Keyes kept it simple.
“Let’s have another one,” she said.
An Elkton Transitional Care Center staff member adds toppings to the center’s 100-foot banana split as resident prepare to dig in.
Residents prepare to eat a 100-foot banana split at the Elkton Transitional Care Center.
Residents eat a 100-foot long banana split at the Elkton Transitional Care Center on Thursday afternoon.