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Nursing Home Notes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Twilight Gardens Home

The Rev. Francis Speier, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church held a Catholic Mass. People, who weren't able to attend were visited in their rooms. Easter will be here sooner than you can shake a rabbit's tail at, and people are hard at work making plastic canvas Easter baskets. It's a slow process, but it's going well.

There was a large crowd down as usual for bingo. Leona B. had three wins. Volunteer "Mike" won the special game, and gave his prize to Virginia C. There were 11 people that won once. Bill N. won twice along with Jean W.

While EHOVE nursing students were here staff got a lot of them to bring down people to play some board games and eat some popcorn. Residents had another successful Wal-Mart outing. The time changing makes it still light out when residents leave, which is really nice, Jeanette H. made copies of her pictures that she wanted, while Freda M. enjoyed just getting out in the fresh air. Carol F. and Grace P. always enjoy shop until you drop.

Residents ordered Domino's pizza last Saturday and it didn't last long.

Emma Butler and Carol Fries sang karaoke. For the rest of the time the wonderful activities girls (Jessica Woolf and Val Newell along with special guest Lucinda Dixon, dietary aide) entertained the group with their singing skills. Some plugged their ears and others said that it was good.

Euchre club was back in action. Dale F. and Mark E. were partners and Florence S. and Marlene W. were partners. Mary Patrick won three times and was the lucky winner of the day. Emma B., Jeanette H., Diane L. and Freda M. all won twice. Jeanette won the special game where you had to have two bingos on your card to win. Greg Richards always brings a nice crowd down.

Gaymont Nursing Center

The Red Hat Society ladies (and one husband) "brought down the house" this week as they entertained residents. Their costumes were stunning and their comedic skits a delight. The New London Baptist Singers provided gospel favorites to top off the family potluck Mardi Gras gathering. The dietary department provided shrimp, black beans and rice, chicken gumbo and a "King cake" while family members added a variety of side dishes and desserts. Reigning as queen and king of the event were Lynn Borgia and Jerry Fahning.

Charlotte Burras scored the most points at bowling this week and bingo winners were Joan Mongillo, Lucille Weisenberger, Kay Walton and Julius Herics. Picture badges were made by residents and sold to staff members who provided family photos.

Staff members dressed in green for St. Patrick's Day and residents enjoyed reuben sandwiches, shamrock cookies and green milk shakes. Pianist Joel Allen shared his talents and "happy hour" included impersonator Tim Baker performing as Frank Sinatra. Rocky, a toy poodle, has joined our pet family as a regular visitor along with Phoebe, the golden retriever, and Miss Pinky a kitten brought in by Janet Freehling of Old Mason Animal Rescue.

Norwalk Memorial Home

A sure sign of spring is butterflies and Norwalk Memorial Home is preparing. A recent addition to the home's pets included a butterfly garden.

Of course, the butterflies are only larvae right now, but with tender loving care and a month's time, they will turn into beautiful creatures.

The Shelby Line Dancers demonstrated their skills recently and for most residents, they could hardly keep their hands and feet still. These four young members of an area senior center had donned western ware. At the completion of their performance, the ladies did an Irish jig.

Speaking of the Irish, St. Patty's Day was celebrated throughout the week. Rita Stieber played favorite Irish songs on her accordion. This event included a snack of Irish Soda Bread. Morning stretch was accompanied by Irish tunes and on St. Patty's Day, all residents were given Irish pins to wear.

During bingo, residents had to call out "top of the morning to you" when they won instead of bingo.

A March birthday luncheon was held in the sun room honoring Tilly Henes, Eileen Braker, Bev Shields, Pat Brady and Eleanor Gorley.

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