By Christine Lees
Waldron Nursing Center ladies had a wonderful Mother’s Day starting with a lovely fresh Carnation from Roger and Kim Rich from R & R Automotive. The carnations were all different colors and it really made the ladies smile big. Each mother was presented with one by Alex Carter, Activity Assistant, on behalf of Roger and Kim.
We also had a drive-by Mother’s Day parade in front of the facility. Family members and WNC staff were lined up in cars, holding and displaying signs on the cars to greet our ladies. This helped make their day more enjoyable since we are still restricted due to COVID-19. Even though we’ve been complying with the guidelines, our residents are still able to enjoy a few events like this, utilizing social distancing of course.
We can’t say thank you enough to Roger and Kim Rich for bringing this joy to our ladies. A lot of our ladies also received beautiful fresh flower arrangements from family to make their day brighter. Lots of them also received beautiful cards through the mail as well as telephone calls to wish them a great day.
I also wanted to extend a thank you to all who have been mailing the regular cards and letters to the residents since visiting in person cannot be done at this time. We appreciate how everyone has worked together to keep our residents safe during this time. We are still happy to report that there is not any coronavirus among our residents or staff.
Other thanks goes out to Janet Bailey for the stack of prayer cards that she sent. Everyone really loved receiving them! Heart of Hospice dropped off a folder filled with adult coloring pages, puzzles and games to help keep everyone busy! Alex takes the activity cart around each morning. Some of the game sheets included, Wheel of Fortune, words to unscramble, Jeopardy board, Price is Right, quizzes and word searches and a prayer request form. Speaking of which, the residents really appreciate the prayer that Alex reads to them each morning as he is making his round with the cart.
Patio bingo and hallway bingo is still a big hit, even though we have to continue with the social distance. Pet therapy with Simon is still a lot of fun, the residents just love petting him.
I am still sending out the cards weekly to families with a photo included. All of the ladies had their photo taken with their fresh carnation to send to their family. Oleta Lewis Goodner helped me out with some note cards when she came to visit her brother Hoyt Goodner. Her visit was through the glass door using their cell phones. Several families are using this method as getting to see their loved one’s big smiles when they stop by. Others use Skype or FaceTime to visit with their loved ones. Anytime you want to use the glass method, our staff is always willing to bring the resident to the glass door by my office. You can talk using your cell phone and the resident can use the cordless phone so they can hear well. We just need to know a little bit in advance so it gives us time to get the resident there. You can talk as long as you choose we just can’t open the door, it must be through the glass with the door closed. These are the guidelines for the social distance.
In closing, I am still in need of blank note cards with envelopes if anyone has them. I use them to mail out the photos, plus they are also given to residents who wish to write to their family.
Remember to keep washing your hands, wearing a mask when out in public and obey all of the COVID-19 guidelines and we will all get through this together while keeping out residents safe.