LMH Activity staff clowning around served cotton candy and pop during Nursing Home Week. These clowns brought many smiles to our residents, and the cotton candy was yummy!

Greetings from “The Home” front …

We would like to say Thank you to Becky Gunderson for knitting a “fidget muff” that can be used by a resident who is restless. The soft texture of the yarn and gadgets to feel help them to relax. It is a great asset for calming busy hands.

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to send cards for our residents or brought treats for staff. Dr. Ostlie brought snacks and soda for all staff – what a great treat and show of appreciation for us.

Since the residents are currently confined to their rooms, the activity staff have been busy coming up with unique ways to entertain them. Besides providing word search games, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, DVDs and magazines, the staff have been using Channel 98 (our inhouse TV station) to read the newspaper or short stories, reminisce down memory lane, do exercises and listen to live concerts. Door to door visits include playing trivia, noodle ball, and enjoying the “pop cart” with sodas and candy. And best of all “Hallway Happy ½ hour”. We also tried our hand at karaoke! I don’t think we will be on American Idol anytime soon!

I missed a few birthdays last week so here they are and I hope these people had a great day. Residents Marie Tollefsrud on May 24th and Linda Erickson on May 27th. Sun Center residents Alivia Flaten on May 24th and Grace Wolden on May 27th. Also, two staff members had birthdays - Pam Sedler on May 23 and Alyssa Eichhorn on May 27th., Next week resident Dan Walden has a birthday on June 2nd. Sun Center resident Delores Evans has her birthday on June 3rd. Staff members Alyssa Eichhorn has her birthday on May 27th, Lauren Sailor on May 30th and Jaiden Denault on May 31st. Also, staff members Chandra Campbell and Zach Turpin were married May 15th. Best wishes to all of you and enjoy your special day.

We also say Good Bye to Susan Hoyt – a 16-year member of our staff who is retiring on May 28th. All our best to you Susan on your retirement – go and enjoy yourself!

Resident Gerald Evenstad passed away on May 24th. Gerald always enjoyed a good joke and visiting with staff. Rest in Peace Gerald.

Until next time… a thought for the week … all limitations are self imposed.