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Nursing home notes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Twilight Gardens Home

Chapel Friends was back in action this past Sunday. Joan Yarber's picture "When I Come Home to Heaven" was the focus of the message from the Chapel Friends. The Holy Spirit is represented by a dove, the hands are of God. The Father and Jesus is shown hugging someone who just went to heaven. The picture also shows a rainbow. Marilyn Salisbury, Dessie Pinkman, Donna Hite, Joyce Orechia gave the presentation. Ken Drew sang and Leah Flaherty played the piano. Look for glamour shots in the newspaper, and in the activities department. The beautiful ladies and a few men are: Carole Schnellinger, Virginia Charity, Jeanette Hayden, Leona Boetticher, Carol Fries, Charlotte Kramer, Florence Silcox, Mary Patrick, Ruth Smith, Zeke Morgan, Betty Beal, Vera S., Phyllis Schmuck, Lil Cesa, Lucinda Dixon (dietary), Marlene Ward (activities department). Shauna Fries applied the makeup to all of the ladies. Residents played word/trivia game with a lot of people down for this. Faith Meinkie and Zella Kohler got the most correct. You scream, I scream, we all scream for ... banana splits??

We had a large group down to enjoy these scrumptious treats. Good conversation and full bellies was the highlight of the afternoon.

Weekly bingo winners were, Helen T., Faith M., Jeanette H., Gordon H. and Zella K. all won twice. Faith won the special game where you had to have a picture frame on the card to win. Thursday's bingo winners were: Faith M. with four wins, Phyllis S. and Mr. Drew (visitor) won twice. Maxine Brown (volunteer) won the special game.

Gaymont Nursing Center

Roberta Baker said, "Man, I haven't had one of those since I was a kid!" as she finished off her peanut-butter shake on "Peanut Butter Lovers Day." That was the beginning of many daily observances. The dietary department provided roast pork for National Pig Day and in honor of the anniversary of the premier of the film "The Sound of Music," residents viewed the classic movie while enjoying their popcorn and sodas.

At craft class residents made smile buttons to wear for "I Want You To Be Happy Day," as Charlotte Burras, Joan Mongillo and Roberta Baker worked on their scrap booking and photo album projects. Lynn Borgia, Susan Beck and Kenny Root were three of the many residents who benefited from the homemade cakes and cookies donated by family members when they won games of bingo.

While listening to music from the "Big Band" era, residents chose instruments and played along, and a special CD of country music that was made by one of our nurses was enjoyed at an evening happy hour. At resident council meeting, Joan Mongillo volunteered to accept the position of president when Ileta Malcolm requested the position of vice-president instead. Donna Ratliff celebrated a birthday this week with family and fellow church members at a party in the north wing.

Norwalk Memorial Home

The long awaited Mardi Gras dinner was held last Saturday night complete with gumbo and king cakes. Keyboard Cleats was the evenings entertainment with his wide repertoire of Mardi Gras blues. Of course, the event wouldn't have been complete without headbands, masks and beads to wear.

Arts and crafts class was held with Vera Albright. Under her direction, residents made St. Patrick's Day centerpieces for the tables in the dining room.

The Guiding Lights continue to be a favorite entertainment group. They played for the Friday afternoon happy hour. Other musical programs for the week included the Calvary Baptist Church youth and Iverna at the organ. Larry Russell and friends led a rousing sing-a-long. Residents were all winners with their twice weekly bingo. (Wouldn't you like those odds for the lottery?) Mother Goose, resident, has been filling in while Krista Wagner, activity coordinator has been on vacation. She led the Left Right game and also composed the home's daily newspaper "Today's Headlines."

Sunday church services were conducted by Rev. Adrian Doll of the First United Presbyterian Church.

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