Cruise Was Big Hit With Nursing Home Residents

I don’t know what it is about December…maybe it’s the joyous holiday season, maybe it’s just an end-of-the-year need to balance the scales, but here is another feel-good story. This one is from StarTribune.com of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

In what is believed to be the first nursing-home vacation of its kind, 20 residents of Camden Care Center in Minneapolis packed up their 12 wheelchairs and eight walkers, flew to Miami and took a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.

Aww, nice, right? It gets even better: Camden Care Center paid for everything except personal purchases because Bob Letich, the owner/administrator, didn’t want finances to determine who could go on this trip of a lifetime…especially since most of the residents are on Medicaid.

According to reports, everyone had a great time.

“The staff was terrific, but kind of exhausted by the time we got back,” said LeRoy Arnold, 81. “They must be getting old. Me, I’m ready to go back.”

The cruise was such a success that they may go on a 7-day cruise next year, and there will probably be a summer vacation for residents at a resort in northern Minnesota.

It is so nice to be able to write about a nursing home that not only acts as a basic caretaker, but truly takes care of its residents…body, mind and soul.

To see photos of this cruise, click here:  www.startribune.com/a39

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