Homewood holds ‘Aloha’ events

Residents and staff at Homewood at Martinsburg observed National Nursing Home Week (May 11-17) with a variety of activities centered around this year’s theme, “Living the Aloha Spirit.” The aloha spirit is reflected in joyfully celebrating life and treating everyone with love and respect.

Homewood kicked off the week early with a Mother’s Day Tea on May 10 that was more of a Hawaiian-themed beach party. Everyone was invited to wear Hawaiian shirts, the menu included tropical delights and punch and, instead of corsages, residents were given a Hawaiian lei upon arrival to the event. Zupe provided the entertainment.

A movie marathon on May 12, consisting of beach and Hawaiian-themed movies, ran all day in the Homewood Chapel.

The next afternoon, there was a Hawaiian luau provided by “Aloha Island Revue” based in Alexandria, Va. The show consisted of two Hawaiian dancers dressed in traditional Hawaiian costume, with Polynesian dance demonstrations, fire dancing and audience participation.

On May 14, Tim Klock, chainsaw woodcarver, demonstrated his art form by creating a totem pole with a parrot perched on top, which has been put on permanent display at Homewood.

Homewood employees, Kathy Blough and Patti Weimert, presented a Hawaiian slide show of their recent trips to Hawaii.

Homewood’s iN2L computer system was also utilized to incorporate fun Hawaiian facts and trivia. Friday closed out the week with a pig roast.

Throughout the week, activities for residents and staff included coconut bowling, tropical bird calling imitation contests, crafts and trivia games. A mobile tiki bar traveled throughout the community offering “mock” cocktails and specialty drinks, and an Ugly Hawaiian Shirt contest was held.