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Celebrating the journey

By Tom Noreen

 

Metron of Cedar Springs celebrated annual National Nursing Home Week from May 13-19, with a number of special events, according to Community Relations Coordinator, Chris Page. The staff competed in wheel chair races, as the residents cheered them on. Everyone enjoyed pie in the face contests, a cookout on Elvis day, and celebrated the warm weather with an ice cream social. According the American Health Care Association, “NNHW spotlights nursing home residents and staff and encourages all to celebrate those that make a positive difference in their lives every day.”

I had a chance to attend the Ice Cream Social on May 18 along with City Manager Chris Burns, Councilman Ken Benham, and Rotarians Gabrielle Warner and Carolyn Davis. Facility Administrator Robin Miller dished up big bowls of Blue Bunny ice cream while other staff members helped residents with their toppings. There was lots of laughter and talk as the residents, visitors, and staff enjoyed their sundaes.

After finishing our sundaes, Chris took us on a tour of the recently renovated facility. New carpet and an earth tone paint scheme made the hallways feel more like home. Visitors and residents can now enjoy a cup of coffee in the new café lounge. A fire suppression system was included in the renovations to meet government requirements set for 2014.

Chris noted that many residents were there temporarily, for physical, occupational or speech therapy after a qualifying stay in the hospital. They return home once they complete the therapy.

Metron Integrated Health Systems has facilities in Belding, Big Rapids, Cedar Springs, Forest Hills, Greenville, and Lamont.

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