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Halloween Events in the Bay Area Bring Young and Old Together for a Ghoulish Good Time

150+ Nursing Homes in California will simultaneously open their doors

Wednesday to Trick or Treaters and the media are invited to cover the festivities

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not every day pirates and gypsies visit a nursing home. Nurse administrators don't often see miniature witches and 3-foot-tall bumblebees, and little goblins rarely get to meet 90-year-old soldiers or 80-year-young ballerinas! But at more than 150 nursing homes in California this Halloween, it's going to be a different story.

"Our nursing homes are a part of the community, and we want as much interaction with our neighbors as possible," said Betsy Hite, Director of Public Affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), which is coordinating the statewide event. "So we're inviting children to visit their participating neighborhood nursing home between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Halloween to trick or treat, play games, show off their costumes, and just generally have fun." (A list of participating nursing homes in the greater Bay Area is attached.)

The statewide Halloween event began as an idea of the Association to which many of the state's nursing homes belong. "We want our nursing homes to be as comfortable and home-like as possible, and so many of the elderly in our care have such fond memories of seeing the little ones come trick or treating in our homes," said Rebecca Turner, Chair of the Association's Public Advocacy Committee. "With the neighborhood children coming by, it gives our elder citizens the opportunity to share in the Halloween fun."

Children between the ages of 5 and 12, along with their parents, are invited to trick or treat at participating facilities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31st. There will be treats, games, costume prizes and other fun activities. For more information call a nursing home on the attached list. "This is such a fun time for little kids," Turner said. "And when these children get to interact in a fun, positive way with our elderly folks, everyone smiles."

Greater Bay area participating Halloween event nursing homes:

Stonebrook Healthcare Center

4367 Concord Blvd

Concord, CA 94521

(925) 689-7457

Vintage Estates of Richmond

955 23rd St

Richmond, CA 95804

(510) 237-5182

Vintage Estates of Hayward

25919 Gading Rd

Hayward, CA 94544

(510) 782-8424

St. Francis Extended Care

718 Bartlett Ave

Hayward, CA 94541

(510) 785-3630

San Miguel Villa

1050 San Miguel Rd

Concord, CA 94518

Millbrae Serra CH

150 Serra Ave

Millbrae, CA 94030

(650) 697-7000

The Tunnell Center

1359 Pine St

San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 673-8405

Kindred Care of Rossmoor

1224 Rossmoor Pkwy

Walnut Creek, CA 94595

(925) 937-7450

Rosewood Care Center

1911 Oak Park Blvd

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 935-6630

Hayward CH

1832 B St

Hayward, CA 94541

(510) 538-3866

Pacifica Nursing & Rehab

385 Esplanade Ave

Pacifica, CA 94044

(650) 993-5576

SOURCE California Association of Health Facilities
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