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Nursing home notes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Twilight Gardens

Residents went shopping last week, including a couple of new people. Penny and Wendell Martin joined the group and just loved Wal-Mart and can't wait to go again. Everyone got what they needed. The Rev. Francis Speier pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church conducted a Mass for residents. He also anointed the residents. The ones who couldn't attend, he visited them in their rooms.

During coffee break, Iverna Fallecker played the organ while residents drank their favorite beverages and had cake. Also exercise class was going on in the activities room. Residents did some stretching exercise and hitting the balloon in the air.

The weekly bingo winners are Dorothy Colish with four wins, Zella Kohler, Nadinia Wanshula, Emma Butler and Virginia Charity all won twice. There were a lot of people that won once. Mike won the special game on Tuesday. Labelle came and continued to read from the book "Christy".

Kentucky Derby was in action, as residents played a new game with dice. Each resident picked out a horse one to six. Virginia Charity had horse No. 5 and it won five times. Some of them bet on whose horse would win each race. The people that picked No. 5 to win were, Stewart Bowlin, Shirley Mack, Dot Zeigler and they came in with four wins each. Number one horse was Zella Kohler with one win, No. 2 horse was Mary Francis Phillips with one win, No. 3 horse was Florence Silcox with one win and No. 4 horse was Vera Sanzhoff with one win.

The chapel friends brought the message of Psalm 68:6 to their Sunday service. God makes a home for the lonely. Piano playing and song was provided by faithful volunteer Leah Flaherty and Ken Drew.

This month is national strawberry month so residents decided to have strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping.

At Euchre club residents had a lot of fun. Residents played three games. Marlene Ward and Harold Zimmerman were partners as were Dale Figley and Florence Silcox. Harold and Marlene won all three games. They all ate popcorn and drank pop.

The usual group was down to listen to Greg Richards talk about current events. He read from the paper and talked about his Europe trip he will be taking this week.

At First Christian Church in Sandusky, residents went to the Circle of Friends luncheon and took a group out there to enjoy food and conversation.

Norwalk Memorial Home

Monday was a happy day for residents. Bailey the residents' dog had been in the hospital last week and he came home today to smiling faces, tears of joy, and a big welcoming as he came in the front door.

Coffee corner followed and residents talked about the sad outcomes of all those tornadoes. Larry Russell and friends came out to sing along with residents and a couple of residents even and danced. In the evening the Joyful Noise Group came out and sang beautiful heartfelt songs.

At coffee corner residents shared "Roast and Toast" and talked about the deer that decided to shop at Hill's Interiors and also talked about making those soft biscotti's from the recipe that was in the Norwalk Reflector. In the afternoon, residents practiced for the upcoming talent show. There is one person who will be playing the piano, and residents have a choir group that will sing two songs. Volunteer Theresa Lane went around and traced hands that she will cut out and will be used during National Nursing Home Week as a special art work project.

Coffee corner and stretch was held Wednesday to Elvis Presley songs. Bible study was held with Chris Ruth, volunteer. Catholic communion was held by parishioner Billie Smith.

The trip this week took residents to Mansfield and they ate at Cheddars.

Residents continue to work on scrapbooks that will proudly be displayed on open house of National Nursing Home Week which the public is invited to attend. Iverna, a favorite entertainer, gave an organ recital.

Saturday was a big day as all of the women were pampered for a Mother's Day tea. Each person received their own tea cup. Plates had a number hidden underneath that revealed prizes. Each resident and guest received a flower pin that was made by the Tuesday crochet club, enjoyed a fashion show. Family, friends, and staff come in to model wedding dresses, prom dresses, casual clothes, and children modeled summer outfits, including one that came from Hawaii.

Sunday residents enjoyed new floral table cloths and a small centerpiece, with each vase containing three different colors of flowers. The vases were donated by volunteer Theresa Lane. These will be enjoyed all summer long.

In the afternoon, residents had church service with Tony and Sarah Williamson. Also Sue Thorten and daughter came in to visit each lady (room to room) and gave them a special gift.

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