Gaymont Nursing Center
As per tradition at Gaymont, residents kicked off National Nursing Home Week with the annual Mother's Day tea. More than 60 guests were treated to finger sandwiches, delectable deserts and several flavors of tea. Carnation corsages from West End Florist in New London were given to each mother in attendance and Patty Resor, daughter of Ileta Malcolm, won the door prize a gift certificate from Sheri's Coffee Hour, a teapot and a variety of teas.
Mayor Sue Leach read a proclamation for residents and staff on Monday morning and residents were "off and running." Students from the EHOVE adult cosmetology class were here a couple of days to offer manicures. Larry Russell and Friends entertained at the monthly birthday party honoring Rosella Schnellinger, Joyce Florek, and Carl Williams. On National Chocolate Chip Day fresh from the oven cookies were passed out to everyone. Staff members dressed casually to participate in Beach Party Day and enjoyed a picnic lunch along with residents. In the late afternoon, there were milkshakes and fruit smoothies to enjoy. Beach bags with the Gaymont logo and flip-flops were given to each employee in appreciation of their services.
Included in this extraordinary week were the usual Bible study, Protestant and Catholic worship services, craft sessions, card games and social gatherings. A special game of "dollar bingo" was played by both residents and staff on Thursday and pizza from M&M Pizza House was served to everyone on Friday.
Its National Nursing Home week here at Twilight Gardens, so in honor of this occasion residents came up with a theme called "Treasure our Residents."
The dining room looks like "Pirates of the Caribbean." Residents and staff both have a chance to pick out a key to see if it will open the treasure chest. Also, they have gold coins with all of the residents' names on them and a different coin gets picked out of the jar every day of National Nursing Home Week. All who are picked, whether it is by the treasure chest or the coins will receive a gift card to Wal-Mart. So far winners for the coins are Zeke Morgan, Monday; Mary Francis Phillips, Tuesday; Ruth Smith, Wednesday; and Dorothy Harp, Thursday. Residents who picked out the correct key to open the chest are, Barb Robinson and Elaine Tieben. So far no staff has picked out the right key.
Barbara Wierzel, a Eucharistic minister from St. Paul Catholic Church, held a communion service for residents.
Bingo winners were Stewart Bowlin with three wins. Bill Nestor and Leona B had two bingos. June Brown won the cover all and won a nice lap robe. Residents played a spring time word scramble with words all pertaining to spring. Faith Meinkie and Stewart Bowlin got the most correct.
The Rev. Margaret D'Anieri, pastor of St. Paul Episcopal Church, conducted a communion service for residents. She read Psalm 67 and also talked about it.
For the annual Mother's Day tea there was a nice crowd. Residents all talked about their fond memories of their mothers. Some brought in pictures of their mothers when they were younger. The entertainment was provided by Eleen Reed, who played some older tunes. Residents had cake, banana pudding, and many different flavors of teas.
Residents had prizes for the oldest mother, most grandchildren and who traveled the farthest. The winners were Jean Walek oldest mother, Lois Horn most grandchildren and Shirley Mills traveled the farthest.
It's national salad month, so residents had a large salad bar with all the fixings to put on their salad. Robin Bleile, Rosemary Bellamy and Mary Ellen Stehle, eucharistic ministers from St. Paul Catholic Church, held a communion service for residents. Reciting the rosary followed.