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Presidential Oaks marks National Nursing Home Week
Concord, NH
05/18/2015 01:43 PM

Presidential Oaks marked National Nursing Home Week with a variety of activities for residents that aligned with the 2015 theme, “Bring On the Fiesta!” including baking Mexican-themed treats, musical entertainment and a fiesta party.


Each year, beginning with Mother’s Day, the American Health Care Association designates National Nursing Home Week and the celebration features a theme. This year the occasion was held May 10-16 with the fiesta theme, which also encouraged the celebration of love, family and life.


Each day of the week Presidential Oaks Activities Director Jane Teahan and her staff had programs planned for nursing home residents, starting off with arts and crafts on Monday.


Tuesday was Intergenerational Day where children from Presidential Oaks’ Child Care Center celebrated with residents by playing pin the tail on the donkey and other fun games. The Concord High School Chamber Choir came by in the afternoon to sing to residents.


On Wednesday there was a lot of baking going on! Residents not only made a Mexican flag cake – which featured red and green layers covered with vanilla frosting – but also cinnamon sugar churros, which were a big hit as a special treat.


Resident Appreciation Day was celebrated on Thursday, which featured a play and an afternoon fiesta.


Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers of Portsmouth’s Pontine Theatre entertained residents with the performance of “New England Utopia,” which looked at the legacy of 19th Century New England Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott and George Ripley. The play was paid in full by funding from the Lincoln Financial Foundation.


Later in the day, residents enjoyed the delicious Mexican flag cake they made while entertained by the musical talents of Bill Parker on  keyboard and harmonica. He sang tunes such as “On the Road Again,” “Blue Skies” and “Tennessee Waltz,” among many other familiar tunes that residents enjoyed. Many toes were tapping and hands were clapping during Parker’s hour-long show.


As part of the fiesta, Teahan announced the King and Queen of Nursing Home Week – residents Loretta Rayhill and Ed Russell - and presented them with their crowns.


To wrap the week, students from Concord High School stopped by to create wind chimes and paper flowers with the residents on Friday morning. Residents also took part in a gardening activity in the afternoon.


Teahan also received an official proclamation from Gov. Maggie Hassan marking National Nursing Home Week, which Teahan shared with Presidential Oaks residents as they were baking. The document will be framed and on display for residents and their families to see.

“It was a great week, a lot of fun,” said Teahan. “Residents really enjoyed the visit from the Concord High School Chamber Choir and the performance by Pontine Theatre.”


Another highlight of the week included the game of “pin the tail on the donkey,” played with the youth from the Children’s Center. Teahan said residents cheered each other on and reminisced on when they were younger and played the game. She said the play “New England Utopia” also reminded many residents of when they used to go to the theater for an evening out.


“The week was a great experience and lots of fun for the residents as well as the volunteers who brought in community activities for the residents to engage and enjoy.”


Presidential Oaks, known as New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home since 1883, offers three licensed centers including Retirement Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and is committed to providing affordable, accessible living options and cutting-edge nursing and rehabilitation to the greater Concord area. For more information about Presidential Oaks or to become a volunteer, call 225-6644 or visit

Krista Marrs
225-6644 ext. 184
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