Bringing Nursing Home Residents Some Holiday Cheer

There's no place like home for the holidays. Most people try to get home to celebrate the holidays, but when that's not possible because you're in the hospital or a nursing home, it can be a sad, lonely time of year.

But local nursing homes and hospitals do their best to spread Christmas cheer, bringing the spirit of the season to their residents who can't be home for Christmas.This year several nursing home in the area have planned musical performances, craft bazaars, special breakfasts, and other community event for the nursing home residents and their families.

"We know that not all patients will be able to be at home with their families over the holidays, so it is our goal to make their stay as comfortable as possible and adopt them into our hospital family," said the vice president at one nursing home.

"Patients and visitors should experience the holiday spirit through our decorating and the sounds of the holidays. In the days prior to Christmas a team of hospital employees and physicians will be caroling throughout the hospital. The facility is seasonally decorated and the sounds of carols can be heard in several departments," she said.

Area nursing homes also take part in Christmas time activities to raise not only the spirits of their own residents, but to give back to the community as well. This year they will be delivering special treats to the local police and fire stations.

"Many of the residents' families come in, it's a joyous time of year, we try to keep everyone as active as we can, and encourage them to reminisce about their wonderful holiday memories," said the vice president. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.