The staff at the Neal Home assisted living community certainly knows how to show their residents a good time.

Now 60 years in operation, Neal Home helped its residents beat the heat on Tuesday afternoon by transforming their front lawn into a slip 'n slide.

Joyce Eckelbarger, executive director at Neal Home, said the organization got the idea for its first annual “Senior Slip 'N Slide” after seeing other living communities host similar events.

“We saw that another place had done this and we thought ‘sure, why not, it will be fun,’” said Eckelbarger. “We wanted to do something different for our residents.”

While residents didn’t partake in the slip ‘n slide themselves, children and grandchildren of Neal Home’s staff and residents did, providing plenty of entertainment for the seniors. Smiles were aplenty throughout the afternoon.

“They are having a great time just watching the kids,” Eckelbarger said. “The kids are having a ball too.”

Residents were, however, able to get a little wet as part of a water balloon toss. Participating residents partnered with one of the children to beat other teams by tossing a water balloon back and forth over an increasing distance without breaking it.

Eckelbarger says that Neal Home hosts multiple events throughout the year that allow residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers. Their next event scheduled for later this year will be western themed.

Reach Quentin Blount at quentin.blount@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130.

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