CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - For the past 15 years, the Community Care Center of Crockett, which was recently rated a five-star nursing home, has celebrated National Nursing Home Week by recognizing their residents and patients in their annual parade.
Traffic on Loop 304 in Crockett came to a halt Monday morning. It was all for the residents of the Community Care Center of Crockett.
O.T. Watson has been a resident at the Care Center since 2000 and has had the chance to attend each year's parade. He'll be celebrating his 103rd birthday in July.
"Well, I'm glad I made it that far," Watson said.
Residents like Watson are just the some of the many reasons Crockett Police Chief David Cross enjoys being a part of the parade.
"It's neat for the elderly residents and the staff," Cross said. "We're glad to assist in National Nursing Home Week and glad to do our part to help with that parade."
A "U.S. News" study released this year gave the Community Care Center a five-star rating. The facility was one of the 18 nursing homes in the Pineywoods region to receive the highest rating.
"You have to kind of have that little extra in your heart where you know that what you're doing, and we stress that a lot with our staff," said the center's administrator, Margaret Rothrock. "What they're doing, even if it's a little thing, it makes a difference."
Rothrock feels customer service and spending time with patients are the keys to delivering quality care.
"Nursing homes are not just a place where people go to never get out or it's not the old school what everyone has in their mind," Rothrock said. "The staff is here to serve the residents and to make whatever time they have here the best that it can be."
The compassion the staff has for these residents is truly genuine.
"They kind of lead the way for all of us," Cross said.
The Community Care Center of Crockett will continue to celebrate National Nursing Home Week with different activities including a trip to Mayfest this Thursday in Lufkin.