Artilcle by Christine Lees LSW/ADC
Pictured above, Alex Carter, Activity Assistant, lends a helping hand during the “Shoot the Turkey” activity.
Thankfulness overflows at Waldron Nursing Center
Waldron Nursing Center Residents enjoyed a wonderful family style lunch with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day at lunch time. Many of the residents had family guest who came to eat with them and spend some great time visiting while others went out on pass with family members to their homes to enjoy the day. Those who went out on pass really enjoyed going to the homes of their family for the day. Thanks so much to Connie Kirkendoll, Dietary Manager, and the other Dietary staff for their hard work inn preparing the wonderful lunch for everyone. They will also be doing the family style lunch again at Christmas time. All employees also received a Turkey from our Administrator Fred Watts to help out with their Thanksgiving.
There has been a lot of activity noted by everyone stopping by the “Thankful Tree” located on the wall in the resident dining room to read what each resident has written on their leaf that was attached by Alex to the tree. This is an annual thing that the residents enjoy doing along with the art work table cloth that is also hung on the wall leading to the dining room.
Other activities this week was Church services with James Self, Temple Baptist group, Grady Parker Church, Reminiscence with Diane Miller, Bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with our ever faithful volunteer Doyle Wayne Dickens coming to call the bingo numbers, Pat Morales who also helps on Friday bingo and morning crafts. Nail painting either by Denea or Alex, Trivia fun, art work, Table games and our Special Wednesday morning activity of “Shoot the Turkey”. The residents really enjoyed trying their luck at hitting one of the beautiful colored turkeys that had been attached to a large Styrofoam cup. Alex got the pop gun ready and each one got one try at shooting the turkey. If they brought the turkey down then they got to take the turkey. Several were really good shots while others didn’t do so well but as the activity ended those that had not received a turkey got one anyway to take with them. Denea assisted me with taking the photos while Alex was kept busy with helping residents load the gun.
Community Support Through Donaitons
We have lots of “Thanks” this week, To R & R Automotive who gave a very generous donation to the Activity Department to go toward making life more enjoyable for the residents with the newly purchased, by WNC fund raising money , a Smart Television, Tablets and Lap tops for the residents use. The donation will be used to enhance the Movie selection from Net Flix which the residents dearly love getting to see the new movies that are out as well as other equipment or things to enhance the activity program for the residents to enjoy. To Marie Payton for the beautiful nail polishes and other items for bingo. Alex & Denea are getting to be quiet professional at the nail designs. To those that have joined in mailing Christmas cards to be passed out to each resident in December, from Oleta Goodner Lewis-Cabot, AR., Ocie Fay Tinder-Chicago- George & Nancy Speaks-Austin, Texas, Billy Roy Wilson- Little Rock, AR. and I am told there are many more on the way from different folks. Also for the 2018 calendars that have been brought to me for my resident collection, to be hung in the Resident room the first of January.
The Resident “Joy Tree” names will be posted this coming week so if anyone wishes to help us out by making sure each resident receives a gift at the Joy Tree Party in December please stop by my office to view the list or give me a call either one. December will also be filled with lots of special events including the Memory Parade in remembrance of all residents who passed away in 2017. The Carriage ride for residents to see the Christmas light sponsored by Steve & Sandy Tull.
In closing we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and we are so blessed by all who are so helpful in bringing “joy” into the lives of our residents.