To some, a birthday party may not sound like a big deal, but to the residents at a skilled nursing facility, it may mean the world. Residents and facility staff become like family to one another, and birthdays are a time for everyone to get together and celebrate another amazing year. Each one is like having a big family get together.
The last Friday of each month, Embrace Hospice is honored to have the opportunity to help with such birthday parties at Sunny Acres in Fork, South Carolina. It’s amazing to see the smiles and laughter from all the residents. We have cake, chips, drinks, and of course music. The residents even make request of different songs. It amazes me how some residents may not even remember loved one or friend’s names, or sometimes their own, but when a song comes on from their younger years, they can remember every word. They sing, and some even dance in their chairs. Seeing the joy, the residents have can turn a bad day into a wonderful day, and makes you realize that life is precious, and you always have a reason to celebrate.