On the menu were turkey, ham, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, rolls and a variety of pies and cookies.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I used to work in nursing homes,” said Jim Quick, family member of one of the residents.
Quick and his family dined on the bridge between Life Care Center of Cleveland and the Garden Plaza at Cleveland structure.
The bridge was strung with Christmas lights and made for a peaceful environment. Adding to the ambiance was light classical music performed by Dr. Arlie Tagayuna, professor of sociology at Lee University, and three of his students — Yuki Man-ling Bai, Ha-eun HannySong and Victor Ngo.
Elsewhere, in the main dining room, residents and their families enjoyed listening to Jack Clark play holiday favorites on the piano. Clark, who has volunteered at the facility for many years, also said the blessing on the meal in each location.
The activity room was another option for families to enjoy the dinner.
“We got so many compliments from our residents and families on the delicious food provided by our chef, Gerald Crawford, and his staff,” said Wanda Dukes, business development director. “It is truly a time of thanksgiving to be able to spend quality time with our residents and families and to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many."
Life Care Center of Cleveland, located at 3530 Keith St., N.W., is one of 26 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.