In September 2018, Life Care Center of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, hosted 44 residents from Life Care Center of Hilton Head, South Carolina, who had evacuated due to Hurricane Florence.


When the evacuees arrived on Sept. 11, Life Care Center of Gwinnett welcomed them with a banner at the door, as well as balloons and friendly smiles.


“Each new resident had their own bed and welcome kits with balloons waiting in the rooms,” said Lindsey Ford, business development director. “Each resident and staff member also received a goody bag with snacks.”


While they were away from home, the residents took part in activities at their host buildings, including a commemoration of 9/11, a Mary Kay spa day with facials and massages, pet therapy, volleyball and more.


“It was our honor and privilege to be able to provide shelter for the residents and staff from Hilton Head,” said Calvin Walker, executive director of Life Care Center of Gwinnett. “As well as providing physical shelter, we wanted to provide an emotional safe haven for them. This was not an easy transition for our sister facility, and we did all that we could to welcome them and make them feel at home. Our staff was more than accommodating to our visitors, and it has truly been a joy to have them here, even under these circumstances.”


The visiting residents returned home to Life Care Center of Hilton Head on Sept. 16.