Left to right: Resident Patty Haverkamp; Taryn Granstrom, third-place winner; Kaitlyn Hammes, first-place winner; and resident Pauline Bower

Life Care Center of Seneca, Kansas, celebrated National Nursing Home Week May 8-14, 2016.


One of the week’s activities was a coloring contest for local elementary school students. Students were encouraged to develop a theme celebrating Nursing Home Week and color a picture of Florence Nightingale. The facility received roughly 300 entries from two local schools.


Residents Patty Haverkamp and Pauline Bower had the difficult task of picking the winners.


“These are all so good,” said Bower. “It’s so hard to pick the winner.”


“Pauline and Patty looked into great detail to pick the winners,” said Tracie Wagner, activity director, who organized the event. “It was extremely rewarding for them.”


The winners were:


  • First place – Kaitlyn Hammes, a third grader from Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School
  • Second place – Lavin Stallbaumer, a first grader from Saints Peter and Paul School
  • Third place – Taryn Ganstrom, a sixth grader from Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School


The winners were announced at a barbecue for residents, their family members, associates and former residents, culminating the week’s festivities on May 13. Although the students were not able to attend the barbecue because they were in school, they were excited to receive their prizes later: night-on-the-town packages that included bowling, movie tickets and pizza.