PRESTONSBURG – Last week, Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale met with members of Floyd County AARP to declare May “Older American’s Month” in Floyd County. As nursing homes and acute care facilities in the county celebrate Older American’s Month during May, the week of May 8-14 is National Nursing Home Week. Riverview Healthcare of Prestonsburg is celebrating National Nursing Home week in style.
Riverview is a 121-bed facility which typically has 110 to 118 residents at any time. The staff at Riverview strive to create a quality of life for residents that is similar to what they had before they entered the facility. The facility has long term residents needing constant nursing care, as well as short-term residents getting over an illness or broken bone. Two short-term residents of Riverview are Don and Christine Crisp. Don and Christine have dedicated their life to preaching the gospel. After a fall caused Christine to require intensive physical therapy, Don also found himself requiring care at Riverview Nursing Home. Don and Christine are able to room together during their stay at Riverview. Christine jokes they are roommates for right now.
“When people think of a nursing home, they think that is the last resort, a place to come and die,” said Missy Allen, Riverview Administrator. “We want to change that outlook and stereotype. Residents such as Christine and Don are able to give back, for example, Don preached during prayer service while Christine played the piano. Residents getting involved in the nursing home community is part of changing the stereotype.”
On Monday, residents were treated to a down-home country fair complete with a petting zoo. Residents listened to Jason Goble, of Tuesday Nights SongWriters Scene as he sang rock-n-roll, country, bluegrass and oldies. Then, on Tuesday, residents took in a 50s sock hop as they enjoyed the songs many of them listened as teenagers from artists such as the Beatles, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry.
On Wednesday, residents will enjoy a Hawaiian Luau complete with grass skirts, coconut drinks and a pig roast.
Then, on Thursday, residents will step back into the 80s when big hair ruled and acid washed jeans were in style.
Residents will kick up their heels for an old fashion western ho-down on Friday. Staff will be grilling ribs and treating residents to a western barbeque.
“It is nice to enjoy activities like this. I love to dance and listen to music,” said Riverview resident Marlene Vanhoose, Riverview.
The staff at Riverview make an effort to ensure residents enjoy a good quality of life. Everyone works together in a team effort to put on activities that allow residents to laugh, smile, and enjoy themselves. At Riverview, the phrase “Quality of Life” means many things. But most important, it means continuing to live life to the fullest extent possible, regardless of age or physical challenges.
When it comes to Quality of Life, Riverview does things a little differently. They go on vacations and regular outings, host hobby clubs, hold annual “Senior Olympic” events and resident art shows. The events put on during National Nursing Home Week is just an example of the many things the staff does to ensure a quality of life for the residents.
“Everything at Riverview is a team effort. We are a family and we want our residents to feel like they are a part of our family. We focus on the different domains of well-being, such as the simple things that remind our residents of the life they use to have, and the simple things that made them laugh and smile. Many of us from Eastern Kentucky grew up on farms around animals. Bringing in the animals for the petting zoo helps our residents remember the time they helped out on their family farm and the fun they once had living on a farm,” said Allen.
Riverview Nursing Home will continue to celebrate National Nursing Home Week with activities each day this week. Saturday, May 21st Riverview is hosting Bluegrass Championship Wrestling (BCW) with free admission. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The event is free of charge and a concession will be open with proceeds from the concession going to Relay for Life. Bring your family and come out and meet the Riverview family. Riverview Nursing Home is located at 79 Sparrow Lane in Prestonsburg, down the road from Adams Middle School.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.