Millerís West celebrates National Nursing Home Week

Storyteller Sharon Dillman acts out historical stories at the Miller’s Merry Manor National Nursing Home Week kick off on Saturday, May 13. The national week, which honors nursing home staff and residents, will continue through Friday, May 19. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

Miller’s Merry Manor West kicked off National Nursing Home Week on Saturday, May 13, and will continue its festivities through Friday, May 19.

Throughout the week, with is all-American themed, the local nursing home will celebrate its staff and residents and invites the community to join in, according to Debbie Coppernoll, facility administrator.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Coppernoll told The Paper of Wabash County. “We really have a great time with it.

“I’m really excited for this year because they’ve never really had the community come in and this is something … it gets the community in to really engage with the residents, kind of get a better understanding of what we do and better understanding of the residents, because sadly they get forgotten about sometimes and they are still a really strong presence in the community.”

On Saturday, the facility celebrated Mother’s Day with cookies, punch and entertainment by storyteller Sharon Dillman, who acted out different historical events.

The residents and facility continued its festivities on Monday, May 15, and wore red, white and blue for American Day.

Tuesday’s theme, Go the Extra Mile Day, will encourage healthy lifestyles and the public is invited to wear workout clothes as they visit the Miller’s community.

“It’s also kind of a (day) to encourage ‘Do something extra for somebody,’” Coppernoll said.

On Wednesday, residents will don crazy colors to enjoy the Mad Hatter Tea Party.

The facility will host Picnic Day on Thursday before gearing up for Game Day on Friday.

The week-long event is open the public and Coppernoll said she encourages everyone to come.

“I think the residents really enjoy that when the community comes in and just to spend some time,” she said.

Posted on 2017 May 16