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Distinguished guest visits Syracuse Home

Recently a highly recognized V.I.P. arrived at Syracuse Home to the delight of the home's residents, their families and staff.

Hard to believe as it may seem, Santa Claus himself, alias Frank Corbett, dropped by Syracuse Home Saturday Dec. 5. Santa and his merry band of elves traveled to each unit of the home accompanied by dedicated volunteers including Donna LeClair, Shirley Mosher and his wife, JoAnn, as well as staff from the activities team.

Of course it is not known how old Santa is, but for at least the past 50 years, town of Clay's own Frank Corbett has been playing Santa in nursing homes, childrens day care centers and other venues where he gladdens the hearts of all. Beginning his "Santa career" as a mall Santa, Frank arrived at Syracuse Home in a conventional automobile, but has been known to use a sled and dog team to get to his public. Frank's been Syracuse Home's official Santa for the past 15 years.

Santa's motivation is his love of older adults and children. Frank said he really gets a big kick seeing the excitement on the faces of the residents and kids, and enjoys the feeling of spreading good cheer.

"It's so much fun to watch the residents sit with Santa, give him a big hug and for a moment be a kid again. Santa is so patient and takes all the time necessary to visit with residents and entice their grandchildren and great-children to smile for what may be their first Santa photograph," said Activities Director Rita Nadzan.

A photo with Santa is a favored holiday activity at Syracuse Home. Mary Beth Lovejoy of Horse Cents Photography helped residents and their family members pose for the perfect photo with Santa. A good time was had by all.

Long known for outstanding long-term care, Syracuse Home also offers exceptional short-term rehabilitation therapy. More than 400 people are successfully rehabbed through Syracuse Home and returned home each year. If you are planning an elective surgery, such as joint replacement, contact our admissions department at 638-2521. Let us help you with your plans.

Photo by Mary Beth Lovejoy, Horse Cents Photography

Syracuse Home resident, Helen Hodinger (97 years young), tells Santa what she would like for Christmas. She was adamant in telling Santa that she does not need any more clothes, but some perfume would be nice.

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