In observance of Nursing Home Week, May 11 to 17, Maefair Health Care Center will host several events, meant to encourage residents, families and other close relatives to “get personal” with their caregivers. Sharing personal details allows the facility care team to offer a personalized environment, or person-centered care that is targeted to an individual's likes, preferences and needs. Thus, this year's theme is “Living the Aloha Spirit.”

Sponsored each year, since 1967, by Maefair Health Care Center and the American Health Care Association (AHCA), this year's NNHW theme in Hawaiian means a person shows love and respect to others and joyfully shares life to create a better world.

“Skilled nursing care centers strive daily to attain the ideal expressed in this year's theme for all patients by focusing on person-centered care and continuous improvement,” said Sandra Bardsley, Administrator of Maefair. “This special week is also about honoring the staff in skilled nursing care centers. These dedicated individuals often form meaningful, enduring relationships with residents and families that are beneficial to everyone.”

The facility will hold several events during the week, including

• Creating Tiki Masks & Aloha Kickoff Party, Monday

• Kaui Nature and Discovery Scavenger Hunt, and Hawaiian Bingo, Tuesday

• Taste of the Islands - making Ambrosia, and Hawaiian Pizza Party & Hawaiian Islands Travelogue, Wednesday

• All about Hula, Luau and Proclamation from First Selectman Herbst (2:30PM), and Hawaiian Comedy Night with Tropical Smoothies, Thursday

• Pineapple Trivia, and Hawaiian Happy Hour with music and Pineapple Pina Coladas

Maefair Health Care Center provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term, respite, hospice and dementia care in spacious private or semi-private rooms. An individualized approach promotes each resident's physical, emotional and social well-being, while enhancing their quality of life. Maefair Health Care Center is managed by Athena Health Care Systems.

For more information on National Nursing Home Week, visit www.nnhw.org

If you would like to learn more about Maefair Health Care Center, please visit our website athenahealthcare.com/CT_maefair.aspx.