It’s very exciting that volunteers are slowly being able to be utilized again at the Home after over a year of tight COVID restrictions. To find out more information about how you can help, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Priscilla Bill at 923-2071 ext. 171 to find out the requirements for becoming a volunteer at our facility.
Father’s Day was Sunday, June 20, this year and was proclaimed to be the third Sunday in June by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Several years later, in 1972, it was made into a national holiday by President Nixon. President Lyndon B. Johnson stated that we look to fathers to “provide the strength and stability which characterize the successful family.” Residents who gathered for the live streaming of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church service really enjoyed watching the special Father’s Day sermon on the big TV in the activity room. Some residents had their families visit and enjoyed spending time with their kids. A Happy Father’s Day was wished to all the dads, grandpas, uncles, and special gentlemen who reside at the Home.
The Daily Guideposts reading started the week off on Monday from Psalms 19:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Residents enjoyed gathering and listening to activity staff read from this motivational book. The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from God’s perspective, knowing the world is our classroom and His word is the lamp and light we all need.
This was followed by Morning Stretch with residents stretching their bodies from head to toe in the lobby. One resident stated “Oh! I remember doing this.” That brought smiles to people’s faces.
Wheel of Fortune was played in the activity room this morning. The subjects were” Ways of Flying” and “Firefighters.” Residents enjoyed guessing letters, words and phrases but really liked the fact that they could all play together again.
Dining Room Melodies had the musical fingers of nurse Mandy Yordy playing hymns and other songs that the residents recognized. Some sang along while others were content to just listen to the beautiful melodies.
After lunch many residents gathered back into the dining room to play BINGO. Residents got a kick out of trying to outdo each other. The residents love winning because they can pick what candy they would like to enjoy and indulge in later.
Tuesday’s encouragement for those gathered in the lobby to hear the Daily Guidepost was “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” These words are repeatedly found in God’s Word. Today residents had fun picking out cards to write to their family and friends in the Goodwill Club. There were lots of memories and stories shared as everyone discussed what they wanted to write about. The residents found great comfort reminiscing about their loved ones.
That afternoon things were switched things up a bit by having Board Games on the agenda. Connect 4 was a huge hit. Residents had to put on their thinking caps and strategize about how to beat their opponent. Other choices were to work on a word search or play checkers. The topics for the word searches were 1st day of summer, ice cream flavors, and garden tools. After they were finished with the games, some ventured outside in the courtyard to relax while the nice summer winds blew.
That evening was Trivia Night. This time residents learned facts about our 50th state. With several having been to Hawaii, they could answer some of the questions activity staff threw at them. They knew the meaning of aloha, which is both hello and goodbye. One of the ladies who went to Hawaii said, “Flying over the ocean was no big deal.” Everyone who had been to Hawaii agreed that the Mauna Loa volcano is very beautiful. The residents where amused that the Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters—vowels are AEIOU and HKLMNPW for the consonants.
Morning Stretch on Wednesday had residents somehow start laughing while exercising. What was so funny you may ask? No one really knew, just doing some goofy stretches.
Front Porch Friends took the fun outdoors. The group talked about different things in the summer they remembered. When asked the question, “What did you do during the summer?” many answered that they planted a garden and had a picnic with the harvests from their gardens. Some went camping, hunting, and fishing. Others just relaxed outside with a good book. Everyone had a good time talking about the past and remembering all the fun they had during the summer time.
The evening church service at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church was livestreamed as well as available over the intercom. It was a special Installation Service for Sam and Marjorie Bertschi as he is put into the pulpit ministry.
It was a delicious surprise on Thursday to have donuts and other sweet treats brought in by Emily from Transitions Hospice for residents and staff during CNA Week. National Nursing Assistants Week was June 17-24, 2021 and we want to thank our great Certified Nursing Assistants staff. These valuable employees are highly appreciated for their hard work in caring for those who cannot care for themselves. There’s always a need for more CNAs so please consider helping serve those who need support with daily living. Being a CNA is emotionally rewarding, particularly for really compassionate people.
Dining Room Melodies had a staff member play the piano over the lunch hour. There were smiles all around as residents listened to the sweet tunes. Towards the end, it turned into a sing-a-long. Residents had a grand ole time participating with familiar songs.
Ummmm! Everyone had their noses in the air smelling that freshly popping popcorn. Thanks to activity staff Mary Janssen for taking the time to pop it and Dennis Gibbs for passing the delicious treat around to those residing in the Home and in the Country View apartments. Everyone was getting their fingers buttery and salty while they scarfed down the fulfilling afternoon treat.
Another round of Wheel of Fortune took place after supper but with a twist. This time the puzzles were all quotes from famous people. These long phrases had all the vowels given at the start of each round, which proved to be a lot of fun. One of the favorite quotes was from Babe Ruth, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Friday’s Step Back in Time was a blast as stories were told about good ol’ summertime. Residents brought up memories about swimming and spraying each other with the garden hose to cool off when there was no air conditioning like there is everywhere now days. Fishing was a big topic among the guys. One resident told about going to Minnesota every year. And, oh-h-h, the delicious fish fry that followed a successful day on the lake.
Laugher erupted in the lobby that afternoon during Let’s Laugh. Residents got a kick out of the jokes. One of them that got everyone roaring was from the book “Little Wonders” by Mary Hollingsworth. “A little girl said, ‘My grandmother reads the Bible all day long…I think she’s cramming for her finals!’” was the joke that made everyone laugh.
It was a busy week with three admissions and a discharge. On the 22nd, Donna Johnson of Chillicothe who formerly lived in a duplex on campus came to room west 15. Richard Styner of Roanoke was welcome to room east 18 on June 23 while Angie Haase formerly of Benson was discharged after being a resident since 2016. Simeon Bates from the Country View apartments was admitted to room west 17 the next day. A warm welcome was extended to all these familiar faces.
SAVE THE DATE…August 27-28, 2021…is Homecoming Day! It has been decided to do an online auction again this year. Anyone who would like to donate a service or new item can drop it off at the Home during normal business hours, or call the Home to arrange another time. A fish fry is also being planning on Friday evening. Watch for further details when available in the newspaper as well as on the Home’s Facebook page and website.
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: www.achroanoke.org