On May 9, 2016, residents and associates at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls, Idaho, released balloons and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off National Nursing Home Week.
Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar shared a few words at the ceremony.
The facility’s theme for the week was celebrating its associates. Each day, associates dressed up as members of different departments, and the residents participated in various activities that related to that day’s department. Some of the activities included a rubber-duck shoot, a pie-in-the-face activity, a trivia bowl, a balloon pop and a wheelchair race.
“The week was very enjoyable, and celebrating the different departments made it special,” said the facility's Resident Council president.
Five associates received a pie in the face, including Executive Director Jeff Corriher. All five associates were pied by different people — including a resident — all at the same time on the final day. For the duck shoot, associates used water guns to shoot a rubber duck in their opponent’s side of a kiddie pool.
The American Health Care Association sponsors National Nursing Home Week each year to increase awareness of skilled nursing and rehab centers and showcase how they provide an environment of security and quality of life.