Turning 100 years old is no small feat, especially during an unprecedented public health crisis. A Georgia nursing home rose to the occasion and didn’t let the ongoing pandemic stop its 100th birthday party for one resident.
The party was held in quarantine fashion on April 6 for resident Frances Thrasher. Staffers at A.G. Rhodes, a non-profit nursing home in Atlanta. did the honors. Although the pandemic has discouraged big celebrations, it also has spurred staff members to get creative and ensure Thrasher had a “big celebration in a small, safe capacity.”
Care partners decorated her door and left a cart full of goodies outside so that other residents could stop by and wish her a happy birthday. Staff members also made her a special sash to match the outfit and corsage her family brought her to celebrate.
“She is surrounded by so much love and has made quite an impression on the staff,” A.G. Rhodes leaders said of the six-year resident.
She also was treated to a socially-distanced visit from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who sang to her and “showered her in love and gifts.”
“I’m thankful for my family because they gave me the start in life that I think helped me to live as long as I have lived,” Thrasher said during the celebration.
We can’t wait to see the type of celebration that next year brings.