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Colfax Health and Rehab – 5-22-2013

The long-awaited spring weather has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day. Many friends and family visited their mothers. Leona Ubbelhode visited with the residents before a special Mother’s Day meal was served at dinner time. This week was National Nursing Home Week.

 Monday was Sleepy Monday so staff could wear pajamas. We had a special Mother’s Day Tea on Monday. It was well attended. Beautiful table décor and center pieces displaying bright spring flowers made the atmosphere festive. We used the “Silver Service” on loan from Sue Hill. We played Mother’s Day Games and reminisced about how this special day was celebrated years gone by.

Tuesday was Tiller Tuesday, staff dressed in gardening attire. The resident lounge was filled with people that came for devotion, reading group, current events and exercise. Sue had everyone laughing with “Laughter Yoga”. Sue attended a workshop in Menomonie. Dr. Jodi Ritsch, a certified laughter yoga instructor, who is a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, led the participants through a laughter yoga session. Sue was inspiration to incorporate this into our morning exercise group. Laughter yoga combines breathing and movement with laughter and is credited with reducing stress and improving health. Bingo and Happy Hour kept everyone busy in the afternoon.

Wednesday was Wacky Wed-nesday so staff wore their craziest gear. In the morning we had a church service with communion. Pastor Schoenknecht led the service with Delores Huber on the piano.  Linnea Thompson was here to help with transporting and handing out books. The afternoon was Beauty Boutique time. Polishing and pampering our residents’ hands is one thing they appreciate the most, well except for the coffee and girl talk that we all share during manicures.

Thursday was Tex-Mex day. Cowboy hats and other western wear were evident as staff greeted residents with a “Howdy”. That morning the volleyball players were in the room before the volleyball arrived. We talked about Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and other Western icons. JC Colby entertained us in the afternoon with his guitar. He is a real western dude.

Friday was Hawaii Day. Loretta led the Rosary in the morning. Glen and Julie led the gospel sing with Delores on the piano. Once again Linnea and Veda were here to help. Merle joined the volunteer group in the afternoon for our Norwegian Festival celebration “Syttende Mai Dime Bingo”.

On Saturday residents were treated to a Tractor Parade in the parking lot. In between rain drops the wide assortment of tractors were appreciated by many. The Hollywood game in the afternoon helped to entertain residents. They also had REX at 1 and 6.

That is about it for another week here in the land of Colfax where the men are as busy as bees and the ladies are as lovely as flowers.