Thanksgiving came early to the Shore View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Residents celebrated holiday on Nov. 25 with a festive feast with their family and friends. The seniors stuffed themselves with traditional Thanksgiving treats, and one attendee said everyone left with full stomachs — and hearts.
“Everybody mingled with everybody there — it is like one big family,” said Roberta Gothelf, who visited her husband Edward, a resident of the center.
More than 100 families feasted on salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, string beans, sweet potatoes with a marshmallow topping — and of course, turkey. For dessert, the partygoers dined on sweet treats, like apple and pumpkin pie, topped with chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
One attendee said the deluxe dinner was the perfect way to celebrate the family-centric holiday, because many residents have difficulty traveling, so the party allowed them to celebrate together comfortably.
“Family visits regardless — but once you’re in the nursing home, how often do you have a party?” said Diana Kravets, who celebrated with her grandmother, Raisa Kravets. “It is a really good idea that they do that.”
Gothelf said the dinner was a stress-free success — and she said she is truly thankful for the staff who made it all possible.
“They go over and above the realm of expectations to make our loved ones comfortable,” she said. “It was wonderful.”