The Big Yellow House had a whole heap of esprit de corps this week. The community of Colfax was very involved in all that took place inside and outside our house.
Saturday afternoon the residents were thrilled to see the parade of tractors fill our front parking lot. The weather was amiable making it possible for many people to go outdoors and visit with the gentlemen who proudly paraded their favorite toys. Thank you Guys!
As you may have known Sunday was Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day). We celebrated Monday afternoon by having a video that showcased the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers that had performed at the Colfax High School on January 9. Mr. Hovde, the Principle was instrumental in obtaining the Stoughton Dancers. Chris Olson produced the video. The residents were treated to Norwegian treats provided by Sue Hill.
On Tuesday morning after the residents had a leisure by breakfast they came to the Square. The Colfax Marching Band led by Jim Woodford came in the front door carrying all their shining instruments including last but not least the drums! The weather did not permit us to have the band play outside so inside it was. They played mighty fine and definitely had our residents smiling. The afternoon bingo games and happy hour were very quiet compared to the wakeup call in the morning!
On Wednesday morning Pastor Conklin from Colfax & Tainer Methodist Churches led the church service and we also had communion. In the afternoon the Square was alive with the sounds created by JC Colby. His voice is as smooth as silk and he is an accomplished guitar player. When he yodels he brings down the house!
The volleyball game on Thursday morning was very well attended. It is one of our more popular activity programs. Thursday afternoon was more somber as we held our Annual Memorial service for the residents who had passed. Pastor Walck led the service. All the residents’ names were read and honored. We welcomed each of them with open arms when they first joined our nursing home family. We were there to provide all their basic cares, but more than that, we came to love each one of them. We learned of their past and of their hopes for the future. We shared laughter and joy in the good times. We came to know their families. Each one touched our lives and we are thankful for being able to be a part of theirs. Some of these people were only with us for a few days, others for many, many years. They are gone, but not forgotten. They will be remembered for the special qualities that made them the wonderful, unique individuals that we came to love. Pictures and a video were displayed through the Memorial weekend. That evening River Boat Randy our music therapist came and entertained everyone with his interactive music.
On Friday Morning Loretta led Rosary for our Catholic residents. Glen and Julie led the Gospel Sing as Delores Huber accompanied them on the piano. Bingo was the activity in the afternoon and of course Happy Happy Happy Hour followed bingo as usual.
It was a busy week for residents and next week promises to be the same. To call this a rest home is anomalous. We take pride in deviating from the norm, especially since we are now rated a 5 Star campus and intend to be for a long time to come. Come and see us, sit a while, have some coffee and cookies and you can see what we are all about.