Gaymont Nursing Center
Pet visits this week featured the return of "Cosmo" the wonder cat, who had been busy making his rounds to other venues. He didn't lose his way, however, as he led his Mom immediately into Room 2 to visit his special friends Donna and Lillian. "Tessa," the Newfoundland, also was here after a respite of several weeks, and, of course, the every-Friday Golden Retriever, "Pheobe' checked in on all of her dog biscuit sources.
Several residents enjoyed a picnic in the park one afternoon and Martha Newland starred at a karaoke session when she joined Amy in a rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes." Mary Lou Soisson and Bev Randall won all four games of bingo, a rare occurrence. Residents enjoyed being part of the evening premier of the new Gaymont DVD showing for staff, family and friends. Following the viewing, the dietary department provided shrimp cocktail and sparkling grape juice, as well as spinach and asparagus wraps, several kinds of quiche and a variety of fancy desserts.
Every day of the week is designated to celebrate something and residents like the ones that refer to food. This week they celebrated National Zucchini Bread Day with warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread that was washed down with fruit smoothies or milkshakes. Ann Nickoli Baker brought her violin students in to play for residents, and they had a fun time raising money for the activities department with a white elephant sale with items provided by staff.
The Rev. Mark Bogan, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, held a communion service for residents. Robin Bleile, a communion distributor from St. Paul Catholic Church conducted a communion service for residents. The rosary followed. For the crafty crafters, residents painted the bird houses that residents have been putting together over the last few weeks. They were brightly colored.
Residents discussed a variety of topics at trivia group, famous animals, colors, presidents, old songs, abbreviations and states. Zella Kohler, Emma Butler, Shirley Mack and Gordon Harrod all did exceptionally well.
Residents took a group out to the movies to the film, "Meet the Robinsons." Everyone really liked it. "It sure was a good day to get out and have some fun," one person said.
During coffee break Stewart Bowlin, Nadina Wanshula, Zella Kohler and Jessica Woolf, activities assistant, played a couple games of UNO. Nadina won once as well as Zella. Faith was the biggest winner at bingo with three wins. Mary Patrick, Ruth Smith, Zella Kohler all won twice. Virginia Charity won the special game, where you had to have two bingos. Residents played jokereno over the weekend. Helen Tommas won four games. She had a really lucky card.
Since spring is finally here, residents celebrated it tropic style with our "Spring Fling." Residents all listened to the Beach Boys and all wore brightly colored lei's. Residents sucked down sweet fruit smoothies along with a very tasty fruit salad. The residents had so much fun.
Residents played three games of euchre. Dale Figley and Marlene Ward, activities assistant, were partners while Harold Zimmerman and Florence Silcox were also partners. Harold and Florence must have been real lucky that night, because they both won all three hands.
Norwalk Memorial Home
Storytelling is an art that is rarely practiced in life but a local storyteller visited residents and also played his harmonica. "Marlin" shared memories of growing up in a small town.
Iverna Fallecker is a frequent volunteer at the home and she keeps everybody thinking about heart-healthy meals. During her recent cooking class, Iverna prepared tofu cheese cake with fresh strawberries. Iverna also entertained at an evening activity with an organ concert.
Several musical groups entertained at the home this past week including Deette Zimmerman on the piano and the New London Baptist Singers.
Everyone's favorite dog, Bailey, has recently undergone surgery, but he is reportedly back to his usual self. Bailey truly is a therapy dog in every sense of the word. He visits rooms each day at the home and residents respond to Bailey when they are unable to respond to staff and family. Volunteers are also involved with this loveable pet. It is not unusual to see a resident, Bailey and a volunteer walking outdoors on the Fisher-Titus Medical Center campus.
A donation has been a topic for discussion. Caroline Culley donated four volumes of books written by Henry Timman on the history of Norwalk.
The lunch bunch traveled to Sandusky recently for lunch at Wendy's and a shopping trip to Target. This was the first time many of the residents had shopped at Target.