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April 25-May 1, 2021 news

The week of April 26 started with Daily Guideposts being read over the intercom. Thank you, Jesus, for the power of prayer that unites us all. Monday Manicures were enjoyed by the ladies while the reading of the news also took place. Residents were happy during BINGO in the afternoon and the colorful candy prizes on the trays were a hit.

Staff were blessed that day with lunch from Great Harvest Bread provided by an anonymous donor. Thank you very much to this generous giver for their extremely thoughtful token of love and support.

Crafts was held on Tuesday morning. One of the staff was kind to let her Cricket be used to cut out flowers from different patterned cardstock to make May Baskets. Residents glued the flowers on white envelopes along with a colorful bow made from ribbon. These were put up on each resident’s bulletin board as a pretty spring decoration.

It was a beautiful afternoon for Courtyard Walks, following social distancing guidelines. The warm sunshine felt very good and the blooming lilac bush was so fragrant. There were also flowering trees and bushes in full bloom in front of the Home that shouted spring time splendor. Later during the Travelogue on activity channel 2, residents could watch the Sentimental Serenity Journey Five Scenes from the Mountain West, including the Rugged Rockies, Arches in Utah, Bryce Canyon, and more. This relaxing video blended beautiful scenes of nature with a descriptive narrative and music.

The busy day concluded with a Window Hymn Sing by the Eureka/Congerville/Roanoke Apostolic Christian Young Groups. The carolers sang at the lobby window for about half their time and then went around to residents’ windows who were unable to make it out to the big window. Everyone who heard their joyful voices praising God was uplifted and appreciated their singing immensely.

If you missed the Healthcare Job Fair at the Home that afternoon/evening, employment applications are still being accepted and are available online at: If you have any questions, please call Heather at 923-2071 ext. 114 or email In addition, Victory Home Care is looking for staff that has even more flexible hours with shorter shifts and smaller commitment. Please contact Holly Gerdes, agency manager, at 309-306-2429. Needs are high and good, caring staff is essential! Please consider helping our local nursing home to meet the mission of serving those from our community who need assistance.

It was a rainy Wednesday but the Daily Guidepost reading encouraged everyone with the story of creation. “And God saw every thing that he made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 The flowering tree and bush in front of the Home are colorful examples of God’s beautiful designs in nature. In addition, BINGO cheered everyone up, especially because there were some new varieties of candy on the prize tray. The Afternoon Movie on Channel 2 featured “Country Remedy,” where a big Windy City doctor and his pre-teen son, grieving the loss of their wife/mother, move to the country to set up a clinic… and the adventure begins. The evening concluded with the live steaming of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church Service.

Thursday activity calendar included a replay of the prior night’s church service for those who may have missed it. Inspirational Stories were read about how angels can appear in one’s life. One resident was telling a story of an accident on a ship and, behold, a man in a white gown came through the hallway. Yes, it was an angel protecting a group on young children! During One-on-One Visits with residents throughout the week, “busy packets” were passed out that included word searches, pictures, colored pencils, a magazine, and a special treat. The evening activity had activity staff playing Tic-Tac-Toe with a dry erase board.

Step Back in Time readings from the Good ol’ Days were read. Stories about springtime were shared during more 1:1 Visits. The Gospel Music on activity channel 2 was a Bill Gaither’s DVD. This performance was so good that a resident asked if it could be replayed to watch it again, which staff was happy to do.

NOTE: “The Cottage,” the new Countryside Barn used for indoor, climate-controlled window visits for residents and their families/friends, continues to be a great way to safely visit loved ones at the Home. This beautiful shed is located in the Home’s west parking lot in front of the building. Remember appointments MUST be scheduled in advance, using the link to Calendly on the homepage of the Home’s website:

NOTE: This email was received from the Woodford Country Health Department: “We need your help! WCHD is asking for feedback regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are a Woodford County resident, please fill out this short survey so we can continue to serve our communities to the best of our abilities: Feel free to forward or post on your website or social media as you deem appropriate. Thank you for your continued partnership.”

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