In 2016, Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, started a new tradition for National Nursing Home Week: a dance-off for associates.
The tradition continued during National Nursing Home Week 2017. On May 18, two teams of associates competed for the bragging rights of best dancers.
Seven therapists represented the rehab department in the dance-off as they dressed in decade costumes, such as a poodle skirt for the ’50s, hippies for the ’60s and ’70s and neon for the ’80s. They danced to several famous songs from these decades.
The other team was The Groovy Grannies, representing nursing, administration and dietary. They dressed up in tropical attire, head kerchiefs and leis and danced to songs by The Beach Boys.
Residents voted on the winning team by an applause meter and chose The Groovy Grannies as the winner for the second year in a row.
“Win or lose, seeing our residents laugh and smile makes us all winners,” said Cynthia Bowling, certified nursing assistant. “We do what we do for them.”
National Nursing Home Week at Life Care Center of Elizabethton also featured an ice cream social, games and a cookout, among other activities. The week is designed to bring attention to skilled nursing and rehab centers and what they do in caring for seniors.