Nurs­ing Home Week kick­off goes green

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By TERRY DEAN Edi­tor

Chero­kee County Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter staff par­tic­i­pated in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties in ob­ser­vance of Na­tional Nurs­ing Home Week, May 8-14.

To kick things off, Cindy Cline, qual­ity as­sur­ance di­rec­tor for CCHRC, ex­plained this year’s sub­sti­tute for the tra­di­tional bal­loon liftoff.

“In­stead of let­ting bal­loons go, try­ing to go a lit­tle cleaner this year and work on the en­vi­ron­ment,” Cline ex­plained.

“When you let the bal­loons go, some of the birds get them. They have found bal­loons in­side of them, so we are go­ing to throw bird seed this year.”

Fol­low­ing the Star Span­gle Banner, Jerry Cul­ber­son, ad­min­is­tra­tor, Chero­kee County Nurs­ing Home read the procla­ma­tion signed by Cen­tre Mayor Tony Wilkie who was un­able to at­tend the event.

The procla­ma­tion noted that the com­mu­nity’s re­tired per­sons liv­ing in a nurs­ing home fa­cil­ity con­tinue to con­trib­ute to Cen­tre’s her­itage and growth.

The county’s nurs­ing home res­i­dents, them­selves, are liv­ing his­tory, as the procla­ma­tion state.

The procla­ma­tion urged all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to join the Nurs­ing Home Week ob­ser­vance by vis­it­ing their town’s nurs­ing home res­i­dents and rec­og­nize the high stan­dards and qual­ity of care that long-term care fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide.

Mar­garet Eubanks, man­ager of Chero­kee Vil­lage, shared a few words about the Vil­lage.

“We have some folks in re­hab and they say ev­ery­thing is so nice here,” said Eubanks. “Chero­kee Vil­lage is an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity. We have a reg­u­lar as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity and a spe­cialty care as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity and try to meet the needs of our res­i­dents in this county and sur­round­ing area.”

“If you want to know more about it just come see me at the vil­lage,” said Eubanks. “The ac­tiv­ity depart­ment is do­ing a great job here.”

A In­stead of a bal­loon liftoff, Chero­kee County Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter res­i­dents and staff re­cently threw bird seed to kick off Na­tional Nurs­ing Home Week May 8-14. They chose the “green” liftoff be­cause sci­en­tists have learned that some species of bird eat the bal­loons which can be deadly to their sys­tems. Pic­tured are res­i­dents and staff as they spread their bird seed.

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