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April 11-17, 2021 news

A huge THANK YOU from the staff and residents at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke to all those who support the Drive-Thru Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, April 16. Many staff members, retired staff members, volunteers and board members worked together to coordinate, prepare and serve this meal. One volunteer said “Oh, I didn’t do much” but we know that without the help of each person, an event like this would not be possible. We want to give a special thanks to Deb Reilman & Patsy Kaeb, who have both retired from working at ACHR, but remained as PRN staff (as needed). Both of these ladies have poured much time and love into our home over the years and we greatly appreciate them sharing their expertise in coordinating this fish fry. All proceeds from the dinner directly benfit the nursing home. Those unable to attend but still wanting to support this effort may drop off a donation at the Home or mail a check with a notation “Fish Fry Fundraiser” in the memo line to: A.C. Home of Roanoke, PO Box 530, Roanoke, IL 61561-0530.

ANNOUNCING: There will be a Healthcare Job Fair on Tuesday, April 27, from 3:00-7:00 pm for anyone interested in working at the Home! This event is open to all CNA’s, nursing students, nursing assistant students, high school students, or anyone who has a passion for serving seniors. All shifts are available for CNA’s, housekeepers, cooks, and activity staff. Registration is encouraged by calling Heather at 923-2071 ext. 114 or emailing for more information. Please consider attending and helping our local nursing home to meet the mission of serving those from our community who need assistance. Needs are high and good, caring staff is essential!

Sunday morning had residents gathering in the activity room to worship together when watching the live Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church service online. There is no better way to start the week than to praise the God who created heaven and earth.

The ladies enjoyed Monday Manicures again on April 10. While manicures feel like a luxurious way for activity staff to provide a little pampering, nail care truly is an essential part of wellness. We use our hands for almost everything! During these days of COVID more than ever before, we all have learned how important hand washing is and proper nail care goes hand in hand with it (pun intended.) Clean and properly trimmed nails help prevent the spread of germs that can get trapped under the nails. The social time and relaxation of a manicure are a benefit to our overall health as well.

Meanwhile in the lobby, other residents were involved in the Morning Stretch activity, which was actually leading to some morning laughs, too. However it goes to get any exercise, everyone is happier when waking up and working some of their muscles!

Before lunchtime, a replay of yesterday’s church service was shown on activity channel 2. After eating, it was BINGO time. Hurray for playing games and getting candy prizes.

Crafts were held on Tuesday morning. With the theme of April Showers Bring May Flowers, residents cut umbrellas out of brightly colored yellow, blue pink, and green paper. Next they cut out small flowers and butterflies in assorted colors of paper and decorated. These shapes were then glued onto the umbrellas. It was very impressive how very detailed some of the residents were with their artwork, making them all turn out so cute! Many of these darling umbrellas were hung on the lobby windows for everyone to enjoy.

The Travelogue that afternoon shown on activity channel 2 included scenes from the Gulf Coast, featuring the Ochlocknee River in Florida, Mustang Island and Galveston Bay in Texas, Mobile Bay in Alabama, the Louisiana Swampland, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. These beautiful scenes brought tranquil feelings to all who watched.

The evening Trivia & Games after supper was fun for several residents who participated in that activity. It’s interesting to listen to the questions and learn, even if you don’t always know the answers.

Wednesday is BINGO morning. The activity room was fuller today with more residents playing their favorite game. Thank you to the activity staff for making this most popular activity a twice a week event.

The weather turned cooler again so Courtyard Walks that were scheduled yesterday and this afternoon had to be postponed to a nicer day. Instead, the classic movie “Lassie” was shown on activity channel 2. With the recent computer upgrade taking place at the Home, it’s very exciting for activity staff to have greater access to online options for much more variety for the residents to watch.

The day concluded with Wednesday evening church services available both over the intercom to listen and live streamed to watch.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were very busy days for staff preparing for and cleaning up from the big fish fry fundraiser so activities were somewhat limited. Of course, Daily Guidepost readings over the intercom continued each weekday. Earlier in the week the reading included Isaiah 41:13 “For I the LORD the God will hold they right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Morning Stretch was a DVD shown on activity channel 2 for residents to easily be able to follow along from the comfort of their own room. Inspirational Stories, Step Back in Time, and What’s News were all done as one-on-one visits in residents’ rooms. One afternoon featured a showing from The Waltons along with Popcorn Pop-In while the other afternoon had a Gospel Music Concert available on channel 2. Saturday evening had Bedtime Stories on the calendar.

NOTE: “The Cottage,” the new Countryside Barn used for indoor, climate-controlled window visits for residents and their families/friends, is up and running! You can’t miss this beautiful shed 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:

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