Gaymont Nursing Center
Resident council elected a new president for the coming year. Receiving the most votes was Ileta Malcolm. The dietary manager and licensed social worker were invited to attend and answer any questions posed by residents. Residents made suggestions and voiced concerns as each department within the facility was discussed. Menus for upcoming holiday meals were chosen as well as outing destinations for the coming months.
Games played this week included Left-Center-Right, Name That Tune, and of course, bingo, where 20 residents were winners. On Fat Tuesday, fresh paczkis were served at coffee hour. The Rev. Mark Bogan of St. Peter Lutheran Church facilitated a Protestant worship service, while volunteers from St. Paul Catholic Church assisted with the celebration of Ash Wednesday and Clark Fisher conducted an evening Bible study.
National French Fry Day was observed as residents assisted with preparing homemade fries, and Men Only Club met one evening to enjoy perch and beer. The movie of the week was "The Scout" a fantasy/comedy about baseball, starring Albert Brooks.
Norwalk Memorial Home
Let's Party! New Orleans has nothing on Norwalk Memorial Home as they celebrated Mardi Gras throughout the week. Residents began preparing table centerpieces for the Mardi Gras dinner. They also watched a video of Mardi Gras, followed by a discussion of clothing to wear, food and places to go during the celebration.
Residents of The Carriage House joined Norwalk Memorial Home in a cookie social. Homemade cookies made by residents of both facilities were shared along with a delicious cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Dorothy George gave a beautiful piano concert for everyone's enjoyment.
February birthday residents were treated to a special luncheon, courtesy of the Dietary Department.
Residents exercised in a multitude of ways. Of course, the standard Fitness Fun class was held, but also a rousing parachute game tossing such unusual items as pom poms, a plastic egg full of beans and even Kermit the Frog. During a snowball toss, residents were amused when Bailey, the home's dog, caught the snowball and proceeded to eat it.
National French Fry Day was celebrated on Feb. 16 (a very tasty holiday) with residents peeling potatoes and deep frying french fries. Following the potato feast, Iverna entertained on the organ.
Sunday church services were conducted by Ken Downing. Ken is a remarkable young man. Although he is sight impaired, he also plays the piano and leads the songfest.
The weather may have been frightful with the blizzard of 2007, but the desire for chocolate was stronger as we had a big turn out for our annual chocolate party, that was held Feb. 15. Residents had entertainment provided by "Keyboard Cleats." We had a lot of chocolate to eat, and boy was it good. Betty Simon a resident here at Twilight Gardens, hopped out of her chair to boogie down to Elvis' song "Blue Seude Shoes", and finally sat down three songs later.
The Rev. Margaret D'Anleri, pastor of St. Paul Episcopal Church, offered a communion service. She read a passage from St. Luke's gospel and gave a devotional. Residents all sang "Fairest Lord Jesus."
For bingo Ruth Smith had a very lucky card. She won four times. Faith M. and Jeanette H. won twice. Stewart B. won the special game where you had to have a picture frame to win. Calvery Baptist Church came this past weekend.
For President's Day we played a word scramble game with words pertaining to presidents. Everybody did well. Faith M. and Stewart B. came out on top. Freda M., Zella K. and Ruth S. all won twice at bingo.