Jack Frost and Sunny Spring battled it out this week. The grey clouds hide the mêlée. Inside our comfortable home residents went about their daily routines.
Sunday was Mother’s Day. It was a celebrated day for the great ladies who live here. Leona Ubbelohde visited with many residents. Family and friends treated their loved ones with gifts and flowers. The greatest gift given was the time they spent with their loved ones!
Monday was the first day of National Nursing Home week. Each day staff wore different designated outfits. It was Hat Day on Monday. We had our devotions, current events, and exercise class in the morning. Sue likes to do the exercise class using scarfs. The Square looked like a rainbow of swirling scarfs. After dinner Magic Mary entertained us with her keyboard and song. Residents were encouraged to come up to the microphone and sing-along with Mary. Bernard Meacham sang several love songs to his wife. It was so sweet.
Tuesday was Pajama Day. The staff all enjoyed the casual clothing. The morning devotion, reading and exercise classes were well attended. It is such a good time to get together and share each other’s joys or sorrows. Our residents are a close knit group who support each other. Rex Class on Birch at 1 o’clock was followed by Bingo in the Square at 2 o’clock. After Bingo we had Happy Hour. Every evening after supper, residents gather in the Rotunda and play kick ball.
Wednesday was Camouflage Day for the staff. Everyone looked like they had been turkey hunt before coming to work! Pastor Ryan from Shepard of the Hill Elk Mound led the church service. Delores Huber played the piano. Veda and Linnea two of our volunteers were here most of the week helping staff and residents. The Square had an ambience of Hawaii. This month’s special meal was a Luau. Hawaiian clothing, flower lays, bright flowers, sea shells and of course hula dancers helped to make the atmosphere authentic. The menu consisted of Pani Popo, Fried Wontons filled with crab, Huli Huli Chicken, Coconut rice, tropical fruit and Hawaiian Cheesecake. The chefs once again outdid themselves. The hula dancers weren’t bad either. Amber did the best hula (that is because the other two were plastic hula girl prints taped to the doors). The beauty boutique in the afternoon was busy as can be!
On Thursday staff wore their favorite sport wear. There were a few brave souls who wore their Minnesota Viking jerseys. Residents played volleyball in the morning and after dinner they once again returned to the Square for a Syttende Mai Norwegian Day celebration. Gladys Knutson and Margaret Christianson wore traditional clothing and sang songs in Norwegian. Residents enjoyed Krumkake with their coffee after the program.
On Friday morning Julie and Glen led the Gospel sing. Delores was the pianist. Loretta led the Rosary in the East Family lounge for our Catholic residents. The staff wore miss-matched clothing for the last day of Nursing Home Week. One staff member wore some of the whole week’s clothing. She wore a hat, pajama bottoms, a camouflage shirt, a Packer t-shirt and topped it off by wearing two different shoes. A real fashion-ista! Dime bingo was played in the afternoon.
It was a fun, busy week here in the land of Colfax where the men are always fun and the women are always busy!