By Christine Lees LSW/ADC
Waldron Nursing Center Residents are hoping everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Residents celebrated Thanksgiving enjoying the “family style” dining with a noon meal in the resident dining room either with family as their guest or just themselves socializing with fellow residents if they were unable to go to the homes of their family members to celebrate the holiday. Many of our residents do go out on pass with family to their homes when we have the holidays. A big “thanks” goes to our dietary staff for their hard work in preparing the food for the family style dining along with thanks to all of our other staff who help out in getting our residents ready to celebrate this day. Each employee also received a turkey from our Administrator, Fred Watts, to help out with their Thanksgiving lunch. There will also be a family style lunch on Christmas day, all you need to do is inform the dietary department that you will be a guest of your loved one.
Activities enjoyed this week was Sunday services with James Self, Reminiscence with Diane Miller, Bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with our ever faithful volunteers, Doyle Wayne and Pat Morales helping Alex out with the games. Residents have also been busy at the art table getting the “Thanksgiving” table cloth finished. This is something the residents like doing to show off their art work after I pick up the large paper cloth from Wal-Mart as well as working on the “Thankful Tree” that is displayed on the wall in the dining room. Each resident, staff member who chooses or anyone else is always invited to fill out a leaf or acorn reflecting what they are Thankful for. This is a very interesting tree to look at and to read the leaves that have been placed on the tree. Alex has been quiet busy getting all of the leaves placed on the tree in time for Thanksgiving. The tree will be left up for a little while in order to give time for everyone to see it and to read what our residents have written.
Other events included Monday night singing with Temple Baptist group, nail painting with Alex, batter ball, worship with Ray Jett, more morning crafts, Booneville Senior citizen Dancers, activity fun with Regina, and our special activity of “Score High” another of our great games designed by Elaine, family member of Florain Valentine. I am also working on getting the Resident “Joy Tree” in place. The list will be up beside the employee time clock so if anyone wants to help us out by selecting a name all you need to do is print your name beside the resident name along with a contact number so I can let you know when we need the gift. One of the First Baptist Church Sunday School classes dropped off some money to me to help out for gifts for this tree. With as many residents as we have we need all the help we can get to make our resident have a “joyful” day at the party. I also received the first bulk mailing of Christmas cards from Oleta Goodner Lewis from Cabot, AR.. Oleta is one of those wonderful ladies who helps each year to spread the word about sending our residents Christmas cards. The will start being passed to each resident in early December. Our residents love getting mail. All you have to do to join in with this is sign your name on the card and get it to me and I’ll do the rest. We are also collecting 2019 calendars for resident rooms so If you have extras just drop them off to me and they will be put up the first of January.
In closing our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Carl Rice. He will be missed by all who knew him.