By Leah Williams
Friendship Manor in Nashville is planning something special to begin its annual Nursing Home Week celebration.
The nursing home is inviting friends and family to participate in a parade on Monday, May 11. The event will jump start National Skilled Nursing Care Center Week.
Kaylin Dalman, human resources at Friendship, said the idea is an extra special way for loved ones to see each other during the current health pandemic circumstances.
“This is another way for residents to see their loved ones at a safe distance,” Dalman said.
Those who are interested in being part of the parade are asked to line up at the Community Center of Nashville at 1:30 p.m. and then drive past the Friendship Manor.
Family and friends can also decorate their vehicles in time for the parade. Residents at the nursing home will also customize their own greetings for the event, Dalman said.
“Our residents will have signs and things too,” she said. “We have been helping them.”
This year’s week is titled ‘Sharing Our Wisdom” and it will feature several fun events throughout the week of May 10 to 15 at Friendship Manor.
Residents will be able to have their own potted plants in their rooms, participate in fun golfing and bowling hallway events, enjoy ice cream and adult beverage drinks through the nursing home cart and a barbecue at the end of the week.
Nursing homes across the state have been closed to visitors amid growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are looking forward to this week with our residents,’ Dalman said.