WESLACO – While the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show was in town, the residents of Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center ( showed a bit of their own skills with animals.

Recently, a variety of animals visited the campus and residents dressed in cowboy attire spent the afternoon petting, cuddling and even lassoing some of the smaller “guests.” Thanks to Valley Grande Manor housekeeper Joanna Luna and Certified Nurse Assistant Aurora Gamboa for providing animals and area resident Manuel Ramirez for providing ponies for this event.

“This was an outstanding event for our residents and their families,” said Bill Lowe, administrator of Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “There are many therapeutic advantages associated with being in direct contact with animals.

“Residents enjoy nurturing, petting and caring for animals and this takes their minds off their own recoveries and conditions. But this event was even more as they directly inter-acted with animals that they normally wouldn’t have contact with.”

Valley Grande Manor’s activities staff regularly schedules on and off-site events that include trips to the movies, restaurants, and local attractions.
“These events are part of our ongoing care programs here at the Manor,” added Lowe. “It’s important to provide activities that break up some of the monotony related to therapy. These activities also give family members an opportunity to visit with loved ones in an entertaining and fun environment.”

About Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Valley Grande Manor, which has approximately 175 employees, is a full-service nursing home that offers post-operative temporary rehabilitation and long-term nursing care. The on-site rehabilitation center provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to residents and outpatient clients. Valley Grande Manor is located at 1212 South Bridge Avenue. For more information, call (956) 968-2121.