Waldron Nursing Center Residents have been very busy with doing individual interest while keeping within the guidelines set by CDC and the Office of Long Term Care due to the Covid-19 restrictions that have been placed on Long Term Care facilities. We are so thankful for the corporation of our families and outside groups while this recommendation remains in effect. We do not know the time limit that we are dealing with. We do know that there is not any of the virus in our facility. We are no longer able to do activities in a big group setting so it is a challenge to all of us to come up with individual events that are of interest to the residents. Our staff has just been wonderful in helping provide these activities. This week we had pet therapy with “Amos” the therapy dog that belongs to Anne, our assistant director of nursing. Amos loves all of our residents and is willing to go visit each one with Alex leading the way while I took some great photos to mail out to the family members so they can see how much enjoyment this events brings to our residents. Other events this week included their all time favorite of “bingo”, with a change in providing it along the hallways, with residents sitting in their room door with their cards. Alex and Sara, one of the nurse aids assisted with calling the numbers while others repeated the numbers down the hallways. With this event being done through a team effort residents could still enjoy their favorite activity while not being in a group. Other events this week that were conducted: popcorn with a guessing game of how many necklaces was in a tube container. Paul Davis won the prize for that one! We also had milk shakes, cookies and more, games of scrabble with two-three residents doing this event at a time, dominoes or other small game, and ball and exercises. Many are still enjoying the fish tank with Elmo and Dora as part of their individual interest. Alex has also been doing the daily activity cart with lots of busy items offered of magazines, word search and cross word puzzles, trivia question sheets, and art work for those that love to do that. Residents have also been making greeting cards and letters to send out to their families. Some have used the Skype system that is in place to talk to their loved ones as well as using the two lap tops to do different game activities. These are just some of the events that has been going on. Residents are also having great fun in designing their own posters to be displayed. These photos are sent out to family members. One example was “I’m so excited to start my first training with a litter box” and “stop hording up the toilet paper”. It’s just amazing how much fun this has been for the residents and how they can come up with their sayings. It keeps Alex on his toes assisting them with the printing. Who knows what they will come up with next time. The main thing is that our residents are truly happy even though there are not any outside visitors at this time.
In closing I want to remind you that you can call at any time, 479 737-3171 to talk to your family on the phone or to get information about them if your name is on the consent form. The Skype system is also in place to be used at any time to speak to and see your loved one. We are all in this together and if anyone has questions feel free to call the Nursing Center. Remember this is not rule, but the recommendations from CDC and Long Term Care in order to keep your loved one safe and well cared for. Letters have been sent out on a regular basis from our Administration to the responsible party for each resident to help keep you updated and informed. Thank you for helping us keep your loved one safe.