Celebrating Fathers In Long Term Care

June 24, 2021

Celebrating Fathers In Long Term Care

As vaccinations continue to pick up and long term care communities reopen their doors, families are enjoying long-anticipated reunions. This weekend, many residents and their loved ones got the chance to celebrate a particularly special occasion in person: Father’s Day.

From classic car shows to simply sharing a meal, see how dads in long term care got some well-deserved appreciation: 

A hamburger cookout

The Heights of Tyler hosted a full Father’s Day celebration complete with a hamburger cookout, live music, a car and motorcycle show and an ice cream churning contest. Mark, a resident, thoroughly enjoyed the festivities, giving long term care staff a 10 out of 10 rating. “It’s good to go outside and get in the sun,” he said. “They take the time to make sure we’re consistent as we can be.” Read the full story → 

Handmade cards

The Suffolk Sheriff’s Office partnered with students at Suffolk Christian Academy to give Autumn Care residents a sweet surprise: handmade cards. “They put smiles on faces. It’s … good to know our residents are thought about,” said Tameika Cross, activities director at Autumn Care. Read the full story here → 

Gone fishin’

Residents at Lily Springs enjoyed a “Gone Fishing” event as an early Father’s Day treat. Game wardens joined long term care staff to help ensure the best possible catches. 

A recipe for celebration

In honor of Father’s Day, The Landing of Collegeville held a bake-a-thon, producing 36 delicious cakes – and as part of their “Do Good, Have Fun” Committee mission, donated all funds to the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s not an easy disease to live with or to care for one who has it,” said Tim Miller, whose father is diagnosed with the disease. “The community here is wonderful. They really work together to make life as best as possible for the residents.” Read the full story here → 

A personal tribute 

Neil Farber, a professor emeritus of Clinical Medicine at UC San Diego and a resident at Belmont Village Sabre Springs, penned an op-ed about the importance of getting vaccinated and his personal Father’s Day plans. “The main difference is the kind of contact I can now have with loved ones … This year, I went to my daughter’s house here in San Diego, and I’ll go to my other daughter’s house in North Carolina in July. I fully expect to get hugs and kisses from all of my children and grandchildren. And I expect to take walks, holding hands, with my grandchildren. We all crave and need the human touch and comfort, that we can now have that we couldn’t last year. And that makes all the difference in the world.” Read the full op-ed here →