The residents of the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care (LTC) celebrated Drive-in Movie Theater Day with lots of fun and great food. The LTC Dining Room looked a little different on Thursday, September 15. The tables were all removed, there were movie posters on the walls, and the smell of popcorn filled the air. The movie posters were provided by the Video Place in Grundy Center. At breakfast, everyone was talking about which movies they had seen and what movies they enjoyed at the Drive-in theaters "back in the day."
LTC staff decorated each bedside table with paper cars and the residents were to bring their "car" table with them to the Dining Room. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., but there was so much enthusiasm, folks started "driving" down around 10:00 a.m. When the residents arrived at the dining room doors, they were given tickets, programs, and escorted by flashlightto a parking space by GCMH Volunteer Richard Lamfers. The projector and large screen were already showing scenes of singing hot dogs and old intermission commercials. Nick Betts and Scott Lufkin, GCMH IT Department organized and set up the equipment.
The LTC staff and nursing students from Marshalltown Community College had everyone ready for the show. The dietary staff provided live entertainment of a special dance number with GCMH Dietary Lead, Deb Babinat, leading the chorus line. The movie began at 11:00 a.m.; it was a musical performance by the Dutton Family on the big screen. Then lunch was served from the concession stand: hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, and popsicles. At the end of the show, the GCMH Activity Team drew tickets for door prizes to complete the event. One resident on her way out the door said, "There's never a dull moment around here; there's always something exciting to look forward to."
Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Residents celebrated Drive-in Movie Theater Day on Thursday, September 15.