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Nursing home notes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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Residents had their typical group down to take note to Greg Richards' talk about the current events going on and their attention-grabbing facts that the residents might need to know. Monica Powers from St. Paul Catholic Church held a communion service for residents. Reciting the rosary followed. For craft class residents continued painting their bird houses.

Residents took a jam-packed bus load out to EHOVE to eat at the Young Chef Inn. Chicken core don-blue was the main dish, along with rice and a salad. Others had a choice of Chef Burgers and dessert. The desserts were strawberry pie or drunken apples, some enjoyed ice cream sundaes.

For the spelling bee, the residents read from a poem book by Helen Steiner Rice and picked words as they went along. They spelled 118 words. Winners with 16 words were Mary Patrick and Florence Silcox. Faith Meinke had 15 words. Zella Kohler and Helen Tommas had 13. Bill Nestor had nine words.

The church service was canceled, so residents made the best of it and played a record of hymns and then read a few stories from Guidepost and discussed them in comparison with life and how people take things for granted, how residents should care for friends and neighbors according to God. The Rev. Margaret D'Anieri, pastor of St. Paul Episcopal Church, held a communion service for residents. She then read a gospel of John, gave a short devotional and the residents sang some hymns.

There was a great turn out of people who attend the monthly birthday party. Leah Flaherty played the piano and did some singing. Residents ate some ice cream, cake and punch. The residents had a bunch of fun at bingo. Stewart Bowlin was the big winner with four wins, alongside with Lil Cesa. Dorothy Colish and Linda Daughtery won the special game where you had to have two bingos on your card to win.

The residents had a special memorial service for one of the residents that died, Jeanette Hayden. Gretchen Franklin, from Stein Hospice, held this memorial service.

Norwalk Memorial Home

The first week of May was full of celebration at Norwalk Memorial Home. Not only did residents enjoy a little sunshine, but the week also included activities to commemorate May Day and Cinco de Mayo.

On May Day, residents reminisced about what that day meant to them as a young person and enjoyed a bowl of fresh fruit with their favorite beverage. In the afternoon, Vera and friends visited to teach a craft class and residents learned how to make May flowers using cupcake holders. They are now beautifully displayed on the bulletin board and in other places around the facility.

Residents also prepared for Cinco de Mayo by making Empanadas to share with their Spanish friends visiting on Friday evening. The Spanish youth choir and dancers from St. Paul provided entertainment. In appreciation, punch and the dessert were provided.

Many residents traveled to Sandusky this week to eat at Diana's Restaurant. Everyone was too full to eat dessert, so many ordered these big crme puffs to go and a huge piece of carrot cake.

During one coffee corner this week, residents talked about Ohio and figured out riddles. Another morning, residents read the newspaper, especially horoscopes, and also talked about the articles the read. Coffee corner is held daily in the morning to begin the day. The kitchen staff supplies residents with a different snack each morning with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Other activities included morning and afternoon stretches, cooking class, life enhancement class, bingo, and holy communion and rosary.

Residents also had piano and choir practice for their upcoming talent show. In addition, The Calvary Baptist Church youth entertained residents this week with wonderful music.

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