The SS Americana set sail at Accordius Health Mooresville during National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18, as all of the residents were invited aboard for a cruise right there in-house with port calls in Mexico, New Orleans and Key West before docking back at their home port.

The cruise began on Monday with all of the passengers having their pictures taken with Captain John Malascal, and on Tuesday, they began their adventure docking in Mexico where residents created crafts with activities director June Whaley. Their homemade wares included items such as jars filled with decorative sand, paintings, flower arrangements and jewelry and sold them in their Mexican-style market. The day concluded with a Mexican meal as the residents were treated to a taco bar.

Wednesday found the passengers docking in New Orleans where they enjoyed a social with coffee in the morning and bingo in the afternoon.

As the passengers continued their adventure, The SS Americana made its way to Key West, Fla. where they docked on Thursday. The beach-themed day found them watching the dolphins swimming past as they enjoyed their chocolate buffet and coffee bar.

Friday found the residents docking at their home port, but the fun was far from over as they were treated to a community barbecue and entertainment in the courtyard from noon until 2 p.m. Law enforcement and those in the healthcare profession were also invited as special guests for the event.

Lynne Napoli shared that the residents enjoyed the adventure. One lady, she noted, who had just recently arrived at the center said she was “having the time of her life.”

Napoli said that to her knowledge, the idea for a cruise at the center came about from Whaley who had helped carry this activity at another location. It was so successful that she wanted to share it with the residents in Mooresville.

Sherri Stoltzfus, administrator at Accordius Health, said she was “excited that the residents had fun all week and happy that June came up with the idea.”

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