Associates gather to serve festive refreshments to residents.

Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, celebrated the 2018 holiday season with 12 Days of Christmas.


The fun started on Dec. 17 and continued until New Year’s Day. Residents participated in activities, including ornament decorating, pin-the-heart-on-the-Grinch and holiday bingo. Associates even orchestrated a tacky holiday attire contest in which residents selected the winners. A few days into the celebration, the residents attended a Christmas concert featuring their own social worker, Emily Ward, and her mother.


Residents were also treated to festive refreshments such as hot cocoa and a specialty coffee bar served by Aubrie Bunton, business development director, and Shantae Kohler, interim director of nursing. One special day of the celebration, they received soup in a bread bowl, in addition to enjoying a hot potato bar. Associates who donated $1 toward the resident garden received a delicious meal served by Lisa Smith, dietary manager, and Renee Lampila, interim executive director.


To close the season of festive fun, on New Year’s Eve, the facility filled a time capsule with resident and associate predictions and resolutions. The capsule was buried with the assurance it would be dug up at the end of 2019. The entire 12-day event was rounded off by ringing in the New Year with hors d’oeuvres, treats and bubbly drinks.


The highlight of the entire celebration was the shared interaction and participation. The residents loved seeing the associates dressed festively and their building decorated. The residents were not alone in enjoying the celebrations.


Christina Clawson, licensed practical nurse, raved about the hot cocoa bar: “It was a delicious surprise and a wonderful way to show the staff how appreciated they really are!”


The leadership team also gifted the 80 associates who braved the cold and 20 inches of snow to care for their residents, with hand-decorated glass ornaments as a gift of appreciation.


Laura Thrush, physical therapist, reflected: “It was so nice to come together as a team and do something special for residents and all the staff during this blessed holiday season!”


Life Care Center of Banner Elk celebrated with good cheer and lasting memories, as well as employees and residents coming together as dear friends.

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