Article, and images courtesy of Christine Lees LSW/ADC
Ms. Powell’s art class, 1st period, arrive to paint the doors for Christmas at Waldron Nursing Center, Painting the doors were Adam Huggins,Javier Martinez, Michael Cummings, Hailey Nelson, Nick Alverez, Danielle Underwood, Cassie Boening, Gabby Payne, Leia Carnley, Bryce Norris, Kellie Adamson, Bree Norris, Tani Gipson & Destiny Davis (reference above photo)
Waldron Nursing Center Residents-2016- was recognized in memory with a “Memory Parade” down the hallways with family members, staff and present residents each carrying a photograph of the resident that had been taken at a past activities. After the parade everyone gathered in the resident dining room for a “memory” program in their honor.
Being remembered was Basil Bruton, Thema Rice, Shirley Ingle, Vera Swaim, Kelly Hunt, Billye Williams, Elenor Perkins, Loy Hathaway, Jannette Moore, Odell Staggs, James Meaders, Richard Christian, Billy Nelson, Lee Roy Gobson, Jean Barker, Nellie Faria, Ronald Edwards, Ruth Compton, Clarence Hunt, Bill Newborn. JoAnn Jones, Thelma Brown, Joyce Chrisman, Jo Marie Hullender,Helen Stell and Ruth Stealey. Christine Lees welcomed the families, Terri Hattabaugh, Housekeeping, read the poem “First Christmas in Heaven, Billie Strozier, Activity Assistant, read the names with the lighting of the candle being done by a family member, employee or Peach Tree Staff. Alex Carter read the poem, “When I am gone”, followed by a closing prayer by Liz, Peach Tree Hospice. Everyone then joined in with refreshments of Christmas Cookies and Punch provided by Peach Tree. The photos of these residents will be displayed on the photo wall leading into the resident dining room until the 1st of January.
Waldron Nursing Center is also looking quiet festive for the Christmas holiday as Ms. Powell’s 1st and 2nd period art class came and decorated the doors for us. Billie and Alex have also been getting the hallways, dining room and day room area ready for the holiday. Other events this week was the arrival of Santa on the Fire Truck loaded down with Christmas stockings and candy canes for all residents. From looking at the photo’s there were some awful big smiles on the faces of the residents when they saw Santa.
Another exciting activity was “Dogs & Cookies” by Southside Vet with Gena Meierding, Brandy Matthews, Ann Lovette, Sherri Goodrich, Desiree James and Phyllis Suttles. They brought a variety of beautiful dogs from small to a very tall Grey Hound. The residents really enjoyed petting all of them. We are so appreciative that they brought the dogs for the residents to enjoy as well as the delicious cookies.
Residents have also been receiving lots of Christmas cards that have been brought by to be passed out. Pleasant Hill Extension Homemakers Club along with other individuals of the community. I am also thankful for the 2016 calendars that have been dropped off as well as the wonderful Christmas decorations that was left by my office door, the huge bag of stuffed animals which was so desperately needed for our bingo games, Eddie Harrison also brought us some great magazines. Other activities with our good Volunteers included bingo and morning crafts. Singing with Temple Baptist and David Hines. Christmas country singing on Thursday afternoon.
Congratulations goes out to Kansas Hunt and Jordy Woodard who have gotten their RN license. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Helen Stell and Ruth Stealey.
In closing the “Joy Tree” will be this coming week and there are still plenty of names if anyone would like to help us out. Just give me a call at the Nursing Center before the 13 th.