Local assisted living community holds family carnival day for residents

Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Step right up, come one and come all, a local assisted living facility brought a carnival to life for their residents.

After a year of uncertainty, it was unclear when the Superior Residences of Panama City Beach residents would ever get a chance to spend time with their loved ones and the community.

“Today is all about our residents celebrating with their families trying to get out of the heat and just spend time dancing, having fun and we decided a family carnival would be the best way to do that,” Lauren Scribner, Superior Residences of Panama City Beach Executive Director said.

There were a number of carnival-themed things during the event ranging from Skee-Ball to cotton candy, even including darts.

The activity director says seeing the residents have a good time at the carnival-inspired them to plan more interactive events for the future.

“The inspiration behind the themed event was to just try something different than the norm. compared to karaoke and ice cream parties in the past, this event allowed residents to be more interactive,” Rob Seaman, Superior Residences of Panama City Beach Activity Director said.

Seaman adds seeing his residents happy is a reward within itself.

“That’s the reward is seeing those smiles. Every day coming in here just making one person smile. It touches my heart and it keeps me motivated. What can I do to top today,” said Seaman.

One resident expressed what she enjoyed about all the visitors and the event.

“I’m happy, I like em, the more I’ve got and the better they are, the better I like,” Petra Kelley, Superior Residences of Panama City Beach Resident said.

Kelley adds she liked a number of things at the event one in particular.

“I like to dance,” Kelley said.

One of the big highlights of the event came when Kelley and her fellow neighbors and friends got together to do the “Hokey Pokey.”

One of the biggest takeaways Seaman wants people to take from this event.

“If you ever see an opportunity where you, or a child, or a grandchild can come in or spend an hour and do a volunteer thing. Even if it’s just talking, getting to know a resident. Five minutes means so much for them,” Seaman said.

For those interested in getting involved with the assisted living facility and to learn about future events, visit their Facebook page.

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