Celebrating Independence Day in Long Term Care

July 8, 2021

Independence Day celebrations were in full swing last weekend at long term care facilities across the country. With vaccination rates continuing to rise, long term care residents were able to enjoy fun activities to celebrate the Fourth. 

See how residents were joined by family, friends, caregivers and volunteers to honor the holiday: 

A group outing

Several women in a Nebraska assisted living community meet every afternoon and call their group the “therapy session.” To celebrate the holiday, they wore festive T-shirts, tights and hats in an outdoor gathering. Many of the residents were not only celebrating Independence Day, but also reuniting with their loved ones. “It’s a relief,” said Darlene Jones. “I love the Fourth of July and I’m going to be with family later so it will be great.” Read the full story →  

A special surprise for local residents 

Students at a Catholic school summer program in Sioux Falls, South Dakota marched along in an Independence Day parade for residents at a local long term care facility. More than 100 students marched around the facility wearing festive clothes and costumes for the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the children. Amelia Olson, activities assistant at Avera Prince of Peace, said the parade meant so much to the residents and “wished the students came every day.” Read the full story →

A parade featuring some rain 

Rain didn’t stop residents at a Maine nursing home from attending a long-awaited Independence Day celebration. Last year, residents at Madigan Nursing Home were unable to celebrate the Fourth of July. This year, rain wasn’t going to stop them from setting up tents and celebrating the holiday, as well as reuniting with their families. “This is a big deal, it’s one of the first times they’re getting to spend time with their families,” said Mary Hill, the daughter of a resident at Madigan. Read the full story →

Golf cart parade

The annual golf cart parade held by Vi at Bentley Village in Naples, Florida was back in action this year. After last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, residents of the assisted living community couldn’t wait to resume their annual tradition. Both caregivers and residents rode in style in nearly two dozen golf carts through the parade. “The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Penny Smith, executive director of the community. “Since we were unable to hold it last year due to the pandemic, it meant even more to me.” Read the full story →