Life Care Center of Palm Bay’s rehab edition of Crayola®

On Halloween, rehab departments at Life Care’s centers in Florida dressed up in an array of creative team costumes for the annual contest.


Participants included 13 out of 21 facilities in the division.


“The contest between facilities has been going on for almost five years,” said Tammy Whitehead, regional rehab director. “Residents, families and employees love it!”


Each department sent in a group picture, voted on its favorite group costume and waited for the results to be announced the next week.


The top three winners of this year’s Halloween contest have all participated annually.


In the contest, Life Care Center of Punta Gorda as “Life is a Circus” won first place. This rehab team, with the help of other associates at the facility, transformed into a circus act.


“We celebrate every holiday here at Punta Gorda,” shared Jennifer Mahoney, Life Care Center of Punta Gorda’s director of rehab. “For Halloween, we start voting in July for our theme, and we narrow it down to the top three. We then invite outpatients to come back and vote in August.”


This year, two therapists made the costumes, many of them out of cardboard. On Halloween, the residents lined the hall for the circus parade, and afterward, local preschoolers walked through, got candy and visited with residents.


Second place went to Life Care Center of Palm Bay’s rehab department, which chose “Life is a box of crayons” as its theme.


“Our Halloween costumes were a great way to come together as a team,” shared Nicole Alaskiewicz, Life Care Center of Palm Bay’s DOR. “Our residents, their families and our team enjoy coming together.”


The facility uses this holiday contest as a team-building activity. Last year the therapists dressed up as hippies. The rehab associates narrow the options down to two themes and then decide on one. Two therapists created this year’s costumes with colorful shirts and iron-on letters.


Lastly, the third-place prize was given to Life Care Center at Wells Crossing, where associates dressed as “superheroes and then some.”


“The residents love seeing us in our costumes every year,” shared Dane Sturgeon, Life Care Center at Wells Crossing’s DOR. “We have former patients and outpatients who come back just to see the therapists on Halloween.”