Trina Thykeson, CNA at Luther Memorial Home is all dressed up for our 4th of July Patriot contest, several staff and residents participated on Saturday, the 4th of July. God Bless America and the Red, White, and Blue!

Greetings from the Home” front …

Congratulations to our 4th of July costume winners – Residents Arlene Olstad and Kathy Thomas and Staff members Tracy Beckman, Bonnie Fisher and Trina Thykeson. Their red/white/blue clothing made for a very patriotic Saturday!! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Also, a very special THANK YOU to the individual who donated air plants and wooden bases for each of our residents to enjoy. The residents are fascinated that they need so little attention to thrive – the plants are perfect for resident rooms. The individual wishes to remain anonymous but we still send a super big thank you to them.

During Down Memory Lane, Molly showed vintage road maps from the 1940s – you know, the kind you got free from gas stations back when they pumped your gas, washed your car windows, checked your oil and tires and gas was $.89 cents a gallon. She also brought postcards from various roadside motels – one advertised rooms for $2.50 including stream heat and private bath. Hope I can find that one on my next vacation!

Andrea read Newscurrents on Monday morning and then the residents played Noodle Ball. Lots of laughing as they hit a balloon back and forth with those foam noodles. There was Bingo in the evening. Tuesday brought Men’s Group and Rhythm Band. On Wednesday Nancy played for Name That Tune and we had Easy Does It Trivia in the afternoon. There was Sit & Be Fit on Thursday morning and then Pretty Nails. Plus, Bingo in the evening. It is so nice to have Pastor Deb back for Church on Fridays, Bible Study and ministerial visitations. Thank you to resident Christ Larson who did a great job filling in for Pastor Deb when we were closed for visitations. Also, On Friday the Popcorn Cart made a visit to everyone. Saturday, we have a new activity called “Finish the Drawing” – hmmm it sounds interesting and then Bingo in the afternoon. Molly is here for Wheel of Fortune on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking of visitations – after our last testing, we moved into Phase 2 and friends and family members can now visit our residents inside – of course, everyone must follow North Dakota CDC guidelines. Residents are allowed ONE inside visitor at a time up to an hour, but if it is an outside visit, this can increase to two people for 20-30 min. Standard precautions remain for both visits, visitors must check in at the front desk to be screened, have their temperature taken and provide hand hygiene, both resident and visitor must wear a mask, social distance during the visit and no physical contact. You must call the activity office and make arrangement for an outside visit as times are limited. Please call Social Services to make an appointment for an indoor visit. We do provide Face Time, Skype, Zoom and Window visits also. We are excited to have the opportunity to have family and guests back in out facility, we know this will provide a great amount of joy and satisfaction for our residents. The health and safety of our residents and staff remain our number one priority. We will remain in phase 2 until determined by the Department of Human Services when we can move to phase 3.

We have 3 resident birthdays next week – Delberta Rossignol on July 12, Andrew Berg on July 13 and Evelyn Kennedy on July 17th. There are two Sun Center resident with birthdays – both on the same day – Helen Strand and Marlys Grotte on July 13th. Also, four staff members will be celebrating – Shelly Aune on July 11, Suzanne Olson on July 13th, Anna Bradner on July 15th and Taylia Hove on July 16th. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Until next time … a thought from Sir Winston Churchill … “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Make it a great week everyone – stay safe!