Tony Irminger, a resident at Life Care Center of Estero, Florida, is proud that his artwork is now being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.
Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. One is also chosen from affiliate company Century Park Associates. A total of nine designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care and Century Park.
Irminger’s painting of cardinals in a snowscape is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Florida.
Irminger has been a resident at Life Care Center of Estero since 2014. He had a stroke many years ago that affected his speech and dominant hand and arm. He has since taken up an interest in painting and creates his artwork using his non-dominant hand.
“He was unable to verbally express how he felt when he won, but he was smiling and appeared to be excited,” said Chloe Persing, activity director.