PLYMOUTH - When people hear the ‚Äúspirit of America,‚ÄĚ a few different images may come to mind, ranging from Fourth of July fireworks to the classic hard-working farmer or industrial worker, or to sports championship games with fans cheering their hearts out.
People would not necessarily think of their local nursing home as the spirit of America, but they should.
May 14 through 20 is National Nursing Home Week, and nursing home staff members around the country are celebrating the residents and staff who are living examples of the American spirit in action.
In any nursing home, there are veterans, immigrants and hard-working people of different faiths filling the rooms of each center every day.
Cook Willow Health and Rehab has events scheduled for the whole week to honor their nursing home residents and staff.
The center is a small facility in a rural area with 60 beds. It had been a part of the Plymouth community since 1950 and offers short-term rehabilitation, sub-acute care, long-term care and more.
Approximately 110 staff members work to ensure their residents needs are met, and the center also runs a Meals on Wheels program for the community.
‚ÄúIt really takes into consideration the needs of the residents and their personal wants, likes and dislikes,‚ÄĚ administrator Susan Mac-donald said.
The center hopes to draw the community to the center during National Nursing Home Week to see the service they provide to the community.
‚ÄúI think people need to know that we are available to assist in the care of loved ones and our employees give such excellent care to our residents,‚ÄĚ Macdonald said.
Visitors can see Dancin in the City perform at 2 p.m. on Monday; Jim Moore singing old time country music at 2 p.m. on Tuesday; attend a barbecue picnic at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday; and pet farm animals with the Farm on Wheels program at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
For more information on Cook Willow Health and Rehab, visit cookwillow.com