Rain, rain and more rain, however residents are staying snug and dry inside the Nursing Center as they keep busy with their individual interest of watching their favorite television program, talking to one another with the social distance in place, doing word search or crossword puzzles, reading the local paper on Wednesdays, the Times Record or Arkansas Gazette, which can be found daily at the nurse desk. There are also lots of magazines of different kinds to choose from and the book shelf in the dining room area is filled with all kinds of topics and titles. Many of our readers just go there to choose a book of interest.
Bingo is also back in line and many enjoy this group event of only 10 residents at a gathering using social distance per regulations. We play in the dining room area and in the day room area, thanks to Alex who conducts the dining room group and different nurses and nurse aids help me with the day room group. Trivia with Alex is also a favorite event.
We were also able to start the family visits back this week by appointment and in the Family Room instead of outside due to the cold weather. Just call Bonnie to set up your appointment. Social distance, mask and all guidelines for the visit must be observed. If you have any questions just ask when you call to make the appointment. We had several very happy residents this week as they got to see their loved one and talk to them during the visit. The Family room area makes it a bit easier to hear what is being said during the visit. Window visits are still available in between times if needed, just call ahead so your loved one will know to be ready but the Family Room visits are much nicer and warmer with the cold rainy weather.
Staff and Residents are still being tested weekly and so far everyone has been negative. This shows that everyone that is involved with our residents is doing a great job in helping keep them free of the COVID-19 Virus and helping keep our residents safe.
As Halloween is upon us we are sorry to report that we were unable to have the “treat giving” night as it was just too risky for our residents. We also missed the fall kindergarten program that we have had for so many years. We certainly understand the risk with the high numbers of the virus in the community as well as surrounding areas and states. We do not know what the next few months hold for us but all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Health Department and Long Term Care will be observed.
Together we will get through this so please keep washing the hands, using the hand sanitizer and wearing the mask to do your part in combating the virus. It takes everyone to help get rid of the virus and to keep loved ones safe.
In closing our alert residents have been exercising their right to vote and a big “thanks” goes to family members who have helped in bringing their loved ones their ballot and waiting outside while the resident gets it filled out and delivered back to them to take back to the clerk’s office. Also Thanks to the one who answered my request for ball caps, they are greatly appreciated.
Photo:1. Vida Patel is wearing a very nice smile as she shows off her Birthday arrangement that she received from the Nursing Center on her birth date. She also received a nice card from the Temple Baptist Church group with a little surprise in it that made her smile even bigger.