WESLACO – In recognition of National Nursing Home Week (May 8-14) and Older Americans Month (May), Valley Grande Nursing & Rehabilitation Center celebrated its staff of professionals and residents during recent festivities.

These celebrations were established by the American Healthcare Association (AHCA) in 1967 as a way for everyone to reflect on their role and how to best to contribute to improving the lives of residents, patients, and clients as well as improving both the skills of the professional and the public perception of the profession.

“This is an important time for all those who have selected this as a career,” said Bill Lowe, administrator of Valley Grande Manor. “I am extremely proud of our staff and how they lovingly and compassionately care for our resident.”

During this month, Valley Grande Manor honored its staff with a luncheon and a variety of fun activities that included residents and their families. National Nurses Week was also observed in May and a special luncheon was held to honor nurses within the other festivities related to  Nursing  Home Week.

The national theme of National Nursing Home week was “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart” to commemorate a historical time for older adults.

“Today’s residents will remember the New York World’s Fair of the 1960s and two songs popular in that era: Disney’s “It’s a Small World After All” and the New Seekers’ “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” said Lowe. “These are sentiments we all share. As care givers we value the knowledge and all that our residents have experienced.  It is a privilege to serve them and we appreciate that so many families have entrusted us with the care of their loved ones.”

Laura serves
Team VGM
VGM Volleyball Tea

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.

Cowgirls:         Valley Grande Manor staffers Cruz Gonzalez & Margie Alaniz

Laura Serves:  Laura Quistiano serves us a shot during the indoor volleyball game with Cruz Gonzalez and Noemi Carrillo in the background

Team VGM:    A good time was had by all during the festivities that included indoor volleyball.

VGM Volleyball Team:  left to right: Clarissa Martin, Nora Ramirez, Marlene Gonzalez, Joe Longoria, Alma Pena, Cruz Gonzalez, Margie Alaniz, Laura Martinez, Noemi Carrillo, Laura Quistiano