The Clarinet Choir from Spring Grove High School performed their excellent-rated piece for the nursing home residents as part of the special program in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. Members of the group include: Sammi Boyd,Grace Harmon, Christine Lund, Mariah Deschler, Julie Sand and Jenna Bohr.
The Clarinet Choir from Spring Grove High School performed their excellent-rated piece for the nursing home residents as part of the special program in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. Members of the group include: Sammi Boyd,Grace Harmon, Christine Lund, Mariah Deschler, Julie Sand and Jenna Bohr.
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Gundersen Tweeten Care Center (formerly Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center) of Spring Grove celebrated National Nursing Home Week last week with special events each day.

National Nursing Home Week is an annual observance that was established in 1967.

"National Nursing Home Week invites citizens nationwide to celebrate and promote the relationships that exist between nursing home residents, family members, staff and the greater community." (www.facebook.com/NursingHomeWeek)

Gundersen Tweeten kicked off its weeklong celebration with music from Spring Grove High School music students. A variety of small groups performed their excellent- and superior-rated pieces that they performed in April for Small Group Contest. Residents also played music trivia.

On Tuesday, they celebrated Health and Fitness Day by playing volleyball and bowling. They also did brain fitness aerobics.

Wednesday was Employee Appreciation Day for staff. They were treated to a free lunch and received a T-shirt honoring the facility's 50th anniversary that will be celebrated with additional activities open to the public this summer.

The residents celebrated Salad Month by helping make salads in the morning and then they sampled the salads in afternoon with the favorite being oriental coleslaw.

Thursday was Wear Purple for Peace Day where everyone was encouraged to wear purple. It was also the kick-off to fund-raising efforts for Relay for Life. Staying with the purple theme, the bingo prizes were also purple!

On Friday, the facility celebrated Syttende Mai with a strull (A very delicate Norwegian pastry similar to Krumkake) making demonstration and tasting with Emma Landsom in the morning.

Later in the day, Jim Busta and Friends provided musical entertainment, and the residents were also visited by the 2013 Syttende Mai royalty.

On Sunday, July 21, Gundersen Tweeten Care Center will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Continuing its 50th celebration, the facility is also co-sponsoring nationally-acclaimed speaker and author Jolene Brackey.

She will be speaking on "Creating Moments of Joy," explaining a vision that will help people "look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. It's impossible to create a perfectly wonderful day, but you sure can create perfectly wonderful moments."

Brackey will be speaking at the Spring Grove Cinema on Thursday, July 25, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.