Highland Oaks Celebrates Assisted Living Week

(Clarion, PA) –  Highland Oaks at Water Run personal care home in Clarion celebrated National Assisted Living Week September 11 – 17 with several special activities for the residents.

Highland Oaks is a community of WRC Senior Services, which has been providing care in the area for over 125 years.

National Assisted Living Week was created in 1995 to encourage residents, families, staff, volunteers and the surrounding community to come together to celebrate the lives of seniors who reside in assisted living or personal care communities.

This year’s theme was “Keep Connected.” The National Center for Assisted Living describes this theme as using technology to connect with others, building face-to-face relationships and cultivating connections with the community to ensure residents remain an active part of where they call home.

Jeanie and Patricia

Jeanie and Patricia on Grandparent’s Day

The week’s festivities started out on National Grandparents Day with a Mad Hatter Tea Party for families and residents.

Monday was “Western Day” at Highland Oaks, and residents participated in a horseshoe contest, a game of lasso the horse and watched a Western movie.

“Mismatch Day” was Tuesday’s theme as residents were encouraged to wear a mixed set of clothing and were treated to banana splits.

Cassandra and Bessie on Western Day

Cassandra and Bessie on Western Day

On Wednesday, residents took part in a noodle ball tournament, bean bag toss game and bowling for “Sports Day.”

“Throwback Thursday” featured staff wearing their best throwback attire; entertainment with local resident Jan Sady of Mayport who told funny stories, poems and sang; an afternoon sing-along and funnel cakes for a special treat.

Friday was “Red, White and Blue” day and included an afternoon bingo game followed by a live performance by Keep off the Grass bluegrass band for families and residents.

“This is a time specially designated for caregivers, communities, and families to show our loved ones in assisted living how much we care,” said Highland Oaks Activities Director Jamie McGuire.

Highland Oaks at Water Run is WRC Senior Services’ newest personal care community and is located at 300 Water Run Road in Clarion.

The community features accommodations for 60 residents in private suites. Some accommodations are available now.

Residents of Highland Oaks enjoy priority access to the home care, home health and hospice services of affiliate In Home Solutions and the short stay rehab and skilled nursing services of affiliate McKinley Health Center, located on the Laurelbrooke Landing campus in Brookville.

For more information about Highland Oaks, contact Administrator Faith O’Brien at 226-3799 or visit online at www.wrc.org.

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