Greetings from “the home” front …

A special shout out Thank You to the many volunteers who came on Sunday to participate in God’s Hands Our Work here at LMH.  They washed the windows at Sun Center, gave wheelchair rides, visited with residents and had a sing along.  Great job everyone!!!!

We didn’t let a little rain stop us from enjoying a retail therapy trip to Shopko on Monday.  Several residents went and had fun shopping and just looking around at all the new spring/summer items. There was Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday along with Rhythm Band.  Mary and her quilting gang were here on Wednesday.  They all worked together on a cute project and had fun playing a game.  We certainly have appreciated their coming twice a month to spend time with our residents. We will be having a quilt show May 24th. On Thursday it was our final 3rd grade visit from the Peter Boe students.  Wow – it seems like yesterday (October) when they had their first visit –a special bond is formed with these youngsters and their “adopted” grandparents and many return even after the school year has ended to just visit.  Friday was our special Celebration of Women event in honor of Mother’s Day.  There was a great turnout with residents and guests. The dining room was decorated so bright and cheerfully along a jigsaw puzzle theme.   Paulette Dausche provided entertainment and everyone had a fun time.  The movie this week is “Master  & Commander”.  In 1805 aboard the HMS Surprise the brash captain Jack Aubrey is ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast.  The crew face many obstacles but “Lucky Jack” is determined that no one will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.   Hmmmm – sounds like a men’s movie to me!

Next week is going to be fun and super busy as we celebrate National Nursing Home Week.  Monday is chocolate chip cookie contest & tasting in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day.  There is also going to be a LMH Talent show – I have seen some of the performers practicing and it looks like it will be a good show.  Tuesday is a Day at the Carnival with Cotton Candy, games and a Petting Zoo!    Our Staff Recognition Day is on Wednesday.  We will be honoring our 5-10-15-20 + year staff members and also our nominees for Caregiver of the Year award.  This is a very special event. I will announce the honorees in next week’s column.  Congratulations to all who were nominated and to our staff members who celebrated so many years of service.    It’s a 50s theme on Thursday with Rootbeer Floats and special music by Larry Charron.  Friday there is church and a patriotic Sing along to celebrate Spirit of America.  Staff and residents are encouraged to wear red/white/blue.  We will also celebrate with Happy Half hour later in the afternoon.

Our 3rd Annual Staff and their family picnic is also Wednesday May 17th in the Shelter & Courtyard.  There will be plenty of food and games for the children.  Deadline for reservations is May 12th so staff, be sure to let us know if you will be attending.

We have several resident birthdays next week – Phyllis Beck (May 15), Don Oakland and Grace Lien (May 16) and Norman Grindeland (May 17th).  Staff members with upcoming birthdays include Laura Ewert (May 13), Melissa Giedd (May 14), Kori Fenske (May 15) and Karina Perish (May 16).  Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Until next time … a thought for the week … Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations ….