Thank you to our local law enforcement for taking time to visit with Luther Memorial Residents and Staff as we celebrated National Law Enforcement Week. Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe. We appreciate you! Pictured: is Gerald Storebo and Sergeant Pohlkamp

Greetings from “The Home” front …

Congratulations to our staff that were nominated for the 2019 Caregiver of the Year Award. Their names were announced at the recent Long-Term Care Association meeting in Bismarck and then again at our staff recognition event last week. This year’s nominees are : Jennifer Almanza, Tara Anderson, Olivia Becker, Lindsay Blooms, Amanda Landa, Jessica Nelson, Manih Oshkosh, Heather Wilson, LeAlan Brenna, and LeeAnn Strand. The Caregiver of the Year demonstrates extraordinary commitment to the delivery of quality care and shows compassion, empathy and respect. They improve the quality of life for clients and their families.

Also honored at the recognition event were staff who received certificates for years of service. Congratulations to: Brett Ulrich and Kathy Gangelhoff for 30 years, Sandy Abbas, Susan Hoyt and Dean Nelson for 15 years, Molly Lenabug, Tara Anderson, Nicole Sylskar, Nancy Bjerke, Pam Eken, Shaunna Gienger, and Carol Romaniuk for 10 years, Dawn Carter, Joshua Balstad, Meagan Karolus, Jaclyn Rindy, Roxanne Rindy, Sheila Rustvang, and Courtney Savage for 5 years.

The weather was nice on Monday so we were able to get our planting done in the courtyard. Several residents were on hand to help. We also had newscurrents in the morning, played cards and then enjoyed lemonade on our newly decorated patio. Tuesday there was Sit & Be Fit in the morning and then Margaret Gunderson’s daughters were here to make greeting cards with our residents. It was a fun craft time! Nancy played for Name that Tune on Wednesday morning and Mary and the gang presented a quilt show finale in the chapel. What beautiful quilts they displayed and also told the history of each one. Thanks again to Mary and the ladies who are part of her “gang” ! we hope they will be back again in the fall. The residents went to Dollar General on Thursday for retail therapy. We also had reading, pretty nails and bingo. Friday brought mass and church in the morning and then the American Legion/VFW were here for Money Bingo in the afternoon. That is always a popular event!

On Monday, Memorial Day, there will be newscurrents in the morning and a Memorial Day tribute in the afternoon. We have asked residents and staff to write down “What does Memorial Day mean to you” Their stories will be read at our Memorial Day tribute. We also have bingo in the evening. Tuesday after Sit & Be Fit it’s time for the Auxiliary Birthday Party to celebrate May birthdays. Valley Free Church will be our hostess. Wednesday brings Choir in the morning with Nancy and crafts in the afternoon with Molly. The residents will be making cute 3-D kitten pictures. We will be playing a bean bag toss on Thursday morning and then ordering dinner out from the Dakota Boys restaurant. Afterward the residents will be going on a sightseeing van trip and then spending time on our patio. There is mass and church on Friday morning followed by a picnic then pretty nail and happy ½ hour.

Birthdays next week include –Sun Center resident Grace Wolden has a May 27th birthday and three Staff members are also having birthdays next week – Alyssa Eichhoorn (May 27th), Helena Kostuck (May 29th), Lauren Sailor (May 30th). Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day.