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Hickory Creek at Peru celebrates 2019 National Skilled Nursing Care Week

DECORATIONS: Hickory Creek residents work on decorations to be used during National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Pictured are David Burton, Jerry Eckelbarger, Stephanie McGaugh and Pat Kelly.

Staff report

What are you doing for yourself and others every day? What makes you happy? How are you contributing to your happiness and the happiness of others?

Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors and people with disabilities. That is why Hickory Creek at Peru is excited that the theme of this year’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), taking place from May 12 to 18, is “Live Soulfully.”

The theme “Live Soulfully” will celebrate nursing centers and their residents and staff by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls. Whether it’s planting, cooking, reading or listening to music, these centers pay it forward by helping individuals find happiness to improve quality of life. Centers will be encouraged to participate by hosting activities that display how they “Live Soulfully” and share their stories and experiences on social media.

This year’s annual NSNCW observance recognizes the role of nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Hickory Creek will celebrate NSNCW on the following dates below as they host a week-long celebration. To learn more, contact Barb Townsend, Activity Director, at 765-473-4900 or email peru_activities@hchfi.org

May 12: ‘Living for the Women in Your Life’

They will celebrate all the women in the facility Mother’s Day & Women’s Celebration Breakfast. Residents will receive a gift along with a presentation of “You are an Amazing Woman.”

May 13: ‘Living for the Animals and Nature in Your Life’

The residents will be going to the Garden Gate greenhouse to see the many different flowers along with a lunch at the Gardens.

The afternoon event will be a demonstration from Von Liche Kennels. Dog trainer K.C. Licklider will be bringing one of their K-9s to show the residents what a Police K-9 dog performs daily to not only protect officers but the community as well. K.C. Licklider’s great-grandmother, Kathryn is a resident at Hickory Creek at Peru.

May 14: ‘Live for Family & Friends in Your Life’

Early morning activity will feature local YMCA staff to lead a morning exercise with the residents.

Also in the morning, we have invited the residents’ family and friends in for a morning of German pastries and coffee. The afternoon will be bingo with family and friends. Refreshments will be served.

May 15: ‘Live for Your Faith in Your Life’

This will be a day of sharing faith. There will be exercising in the morning with gospel music and an early-morning Bible Study. Afternoon services will be with our Catholic Chaplin Eric Scheiffer and Parkview United Methodist Church, Pastor Bette Thompson. The evening service will bring in Pastor Alton John.

May 16: ‘Live for Music & Art in Your Life’

The residents will be dancing to the oldies with Richard Simmons for their morning exercise. Also in the morning will bring in local artist Sarah Luginbill to lead each resident in painting a flower on a canvas.

The afternoon will be bringing local music artist Peter Sahaidachny & John Cook, who will be playing ’50s, ’60s and ’70s soul music. Along with some soul food such as; sweet potato pie for our residents and guest.

May 17: ‘Live for Others in Your Life’

This will be a day of fundraising and thanking military members overseas. Mayor Gabriel Greer, Clerk-Treasurer Tish Soldi, Chief of Police Michael Meeks, Chamber of Commerce member Sandy Chittum and others will help with the Barb Townsend’s ‘A Walk in June’ for Alzheimer’s fundraiser. People will be collecting money on Main St. from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. The residents and staff from Hickory Creek will be sitting on the sidewalk to cheer on the volunteers.

The afternoon event “Living for Others” will include the residents and staff writing thank you cards to be sent to local Indiana military serving overseas. The evening entertainment will be “Sounds of Loretta Lynn” by Charlene.

– Provided