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Lexington Nursing Facility Residents Experience 'National Day of Prayer' Observance

Stu Johnson

National Day of Prayer observances were held Thursday across central Kentucky. 

At Lexington’s Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center, Administrator Shannon Spencer admits sometimes residents in a nursing facility can feel ‘left out’ and prayer helps them feel included.  “A lot of our residents here at the center, that’s the last thing that they have, that they are holding on to, is spirituality.  So, being able to bring in the National Day of Prayer, bringing it to the residents and allowing them to participate, that right there speaks volumes,” said Spencer.

Center Chaplain Stanley Bellamy says some residents may struggle with the physical but still embrace the spiritual. Bellamy says many faiths are recognized during the observance.  The chaplain says the observance is about unifying all faiths.  “We look at each person as an individual, our residents, as individuals because I think that in terms that religion and denominationalism has caused some segregation,” explained Bellamy.

Center Administrator Spencer says similar activities have been held at the long-term care facility since 2011.

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