Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 4

May 17, 2012
Meredith Martin, The Eden Alternative

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of possibilities we have yet to reach in honoring Elderhood and enriching our care partnerships.

Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers, MI is a nice blend of a more traditional nur+sing home structure along with Green House homes called the Groves. One of the things they are most proud of right now is the Little Pines Child Care Center which has enriched the lives of the Elders and children. Children from the child care center are spending time with the Elders doing fun things like coloring Easter eggs and baking cookies. The Caring Partners Team recently held a Day in Paris event. They worked with the school and members of the larger community to make it happen.  The event included French cuisine, music, language, and history. They have had someone from the larger community come in and do a presentation about adaptive hunting equipment.  One of the Elders went out with some volunteers to a local deer farm. The Elder was able to use his gun and actually shot a deer! It had been about 12 years since he had enjoyed that simple pleasure.

Learn more about Pinecrest Medical Care Facility here.

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