CAMDEN, Maine — The scent of pineapples and the twang of ukuleles will fill the air at Quarry Hill as residents and staff members of the older-adult community celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 11 through 17. The annual observance, sponsored by the American Healthcare Association, honors nursing home residents as well as the family members, employees, and volunteers who enrich their lives.
In keeping with the “Living the Aloha Spirit” theme established for the 2014 celebration, festivities at Quarry Hill will include an Hawaiian shirt day and a Hawaiian lunch, followed by quesadillas, smoothies, and other treats throughout the week.
Friends and family of residents of the Gardens nursing-care center at Quarry Hill are invited to attend a performance by Belfast musician Frets Halligan on the ukulele on Thursday, May 15, at 3 pm, and by hula dancers on Friday, May 16, at 2 pm. Both events will take place in the Gardens; admission will be free.
The week’s events are designed to demonstrate the “aloha spirit,” which to Hawaiians extends beyond greetings to embrace qualities of “patience, kindness and good feelings and respect in caring about others,” according to the association’s website.
“By living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world,” reads the website.
Quarry Hill is Midcoast Maine’s premier extended-care retirement community for adults age 55-plus. It is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.
To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.