By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
Green balloons were released into the air Monday by residents at the Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center in honor of “National Nursing Home” week held May 12-18. A special week of celebrations is planned, said activities supervisor Tracie Hutchings.
Gainesville Mayor Jim Goldsworthy signed a proclamation at Monday’s ceremony regarding the week-long event.
The mayor spoke of the importance of recognizing senior Americans who either require rehabilitation or who can no longer live independently.
“I urge everyone to remember those who have come before us and planted the seeds to make our community prosper and grow,” Goldsworthy said. “We salute those who have been so important in so many ways and we honor them. I urge our community family to take time during this special week to recognize not only these seniors but also the caretakers who sacrifice time and effort each day in doing for others.”
Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation administrator Jon Connelly said in the three years he has been at the center, it has been important to him to provide a safe and pleasant environment not only for those who live here but also for his staff. Respect, care and kindness to others are important, he said.
“It is my goal to make this a home for all who live here.” Connelly said. “We have a wonderful staff and facility.”
Attending the proclamation ceremony was Ken Leach whose mother lived at Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation three different times.
“My mother loved it here,” Leach said. “When Mr. Connelly came on board, he made a great place even better.”
Texas native and Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center resident Ann Hennessey summed up her feelings this way, “I am so happy to be here and it is always a beautiful day in Texas.”