Trainer Cavin Graham rides Doc Holiday while several associates dance with the horse.

You could say that the star of National Nursing Home Week 2017 at Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, was not a resident, or even an associate, but a horse.


Doc Holiday, an Arabian horse owned by Jala West, director of social work, made his appearance at the center on May 16 as part of the center’s Country Western Day. Cavin Graham, Doc’s trainer, rode the beautiful animal while it danced and pranced to Luke Bryan’s song “Kick the Dust Up.” Performing with the horse were eight associates who had practiced the electric slide.


Residents got a kick out of the dance!


“It was a beautiful horse, and it reminded me of my childhood,” said one resident. “I enjoyed the dancers and the cowboy who was riding the horse.”


Of course, the events for National Nursing Home Week included much more fun. Other activities included a Mother’s Day social, making homemade ice cream, a family dinner, live music from the 1960s and 1970s, carnival games, a performance by a banjo and fiddle player and a petting zoo.


“The events were superb,” said another resident. “I loved the animals. There was a lot of interaction, and it was a great experience. Let’s do it again!”

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