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Welty Home Residents Delighted With Halloween Pet Parade

Photos Provided – Kneeling from left are Mary Uraco, daughter of Welty Home resident Betty Dietrich, with her dog Ginger; Personal Care Assistant Mary Saunders and her dog Jake; and Nursing Director Suzie Dailer with her dogs Joey and Bentley. Standing from left are nurse Jody Miller and her dog Malu; Welty Home Manager Tess Gaudino and her dog Duncan; and nurse Nan DeBolt and her dog Sydney.

WHEELING – Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Welty Home was unable to have its traditional Trick or Treat party for the children and grandchildren of residents and staff.

Several nurses at the Wheeling assisted living program came up with the idea to dress their pets in Halloween costumes and bring them in as a treat for residents. Nurses Nan DeBolt, Jody Miller and Suzie Dailer, Welty Home nursing director, wanted to do something special this year.

Welty Home Activities Director Michelle Ruckman said the evening was a hit. “There’s something about animals that makes everybody happy,” she said. “Our residents had a great time interacting with the staff and their pets.”

Welty Home was founded in 1950 through a generous donation from Wheeling resident Clara Welty, is part of a range of senior living options provided by the nonprofit Welty Corporation. Other Welty properties include Good Shepherd Nursing Home, the Clara Welty Apartments, the Bertha Welty Apartments, Braddock Apartments, and the new Welty TownHomes, all in Wheeling. For information about any Welty property, visit www.weltyhome.org or call Tess Gaudino at 304-242-5233.

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