Story Feature

Residents at Life Care Center of Federal Way, Washington, had plenty of games to play during National Nursing Home Week, May 8-14, 2016.


“Our residents love to play brain games,” explained Deborah Carson, activity director. “Men compete against women every evening while residents are waiting for dinner, playing games like Chain of Thought, Wheel of Fortune, hangman, trivia and others.”


For National Nursing Home Week, the residents formed a team and challenged associates to a week-long competition! Associates contacted Jay Bacal, developer of the Chain of Thought game app, and received permission to use the game’s logo on custom T-shirts, as long as they sent him one of the shirts too!


The competition was fierce, with residents and associates facing off in a different game each day: Chain of Thought on Monday, hangman on Tuesday, trivia on Wednesday, Wheel of Fortune on Thursday.


By the time Friday came around, the teams were tied 2-2 as they began the final game of the week, a facility-specific version of Family Feud. Associates had taken a survey around the facility with questions like, “Name something you find on a nurse’s cart,” and “Name something the maintenance department does.”


At the end of the match, both teams had 69 points, and the game went into overtime.


The final question was, “If a wheelchair could talk, what would it say?” and the residents emerged victorious!


Resident Randy Rickard said that he participated “to prove to myself that I may be handicapped in body, but not in mind.”