Good afternoon! It has been a month since I last posted so it seems like maybe we should update you a little on the happenings here at the Manor. Life has continued on in a new way due to the restrictions of COVID-19 but one thing that has been impressive in all of this is the ability of us humans to adapt to our circumstances! If we had been told 3 months ago this is what would happen – we would have said “There’s just no way!” but when you are faced with no other choice then “There is a way!” So our activity program was completely turned upside down but we have adapted many of the existing activities to this ‘new’ way. Story Hour has become ‘Intercom Story’ and everyone, residents and staff alike, are loving it! This will probably continue as normal programming after restrictions are lifted!! Presently we are reading from The Little House on the Prairie series and following the adventures of Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura & baby Carrie. Bingo is now ‘Intercom Bingo’. We are still trying to perfect Doorway Hymn Sing in place of Sing-A-Long.
Instead of going to the Manor Store the ‘store’ now comes to you – we have several carts that go around three times a week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Monday is an Activity Cart offering puzzles, books, magazines, craft kits, and other items; Wednesday is the Store Cart with candy, stationery supplies, cards and other items that can be purchased with ‘tickets’; and Friday is the Library Cart offering books, magazines, other reading material and Activity Packets with an assortment of circle words, word games, a poem and short story and other items to keep busy with. We’ve had several Intercom Poem Fests from poems that have been sent from far and wide to my WhatsApp – I certainly did not know there were so many talented people out there that had such an interest in reciting poetry!
We have been blessed with the singing that many groups have been broadcasting – and are thankful that our supporting congregations are continuing to broadcast singing on their regular scheduled Thursday evening. Another interesting activity is being able to FaceTime or make a WhatsApp video call with family or a phone call with family on the other side of the window! MANY, MANY THANKS for the Cheer Basket gifts – every single item is highly appreciated! The letters, cards, colored pictures and other items are all displayed on the wall, dresser or table – most of the Manor residents have received something every week for the last five weeks!! Psst . . . don’t forget us!!!!
One more item . . . the activity ladies decided to have an Ice Cream Cart this past Tuesday instead of the usual Popcorn Cart . . . so we came up with the following creation complete with the Ice Cream Song playing over the bluetooth speaker has it arrived at the residents rooms! It was a real hit!! Residents and staff could choose from 5 or 6 selections of ice cream bars.
Much more could be said about all the other departments and what they are ALL doing . . . but maybe I’ll leave that for someone else!!
Beginning this week the regular activity program and scheduled exercise groups have all been cancelled due to guidelines from CMS regarding the COVID-19 illness that is making its way around the world and nation . . . but that does not mean that everything is cancelled . . . as someone posted on a WhatsApp status:
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.
Also – our Heavenly Father and FAITH will not be cancelled.
So . . . life is going on and we are adapting and for the most part the residents are happy and taking everything in stride! We are doing what we can to help them stay in contact with you! It has been so much fun to see the Cheer Basket items coming in, flowers being delivered, cards & letters coming in the mail or Cheer Box, the pictures that grandchildren are coloring, songs being called in, etc. Everything is met with smiles and thank-you’s . . . it all makes the day so much brighter!! One couple was very enthused with the pictures they received from a grandchild!! The Activity Department has been going around every day with an Activity Cart that has an assortment of jigsaw puzzles, circle word and other brain teaser puzzles, coloring pictures, writing and coloring supplies, books and magazines, etc. that we are offering to the residents. It has been well-received. The completed brain teaser puzzles are put into a drawing for a small prize every day at 3:00. For a special treat on this First Day of Spring – we made some chocolate pudding and are serving it in ‘spring’ cups with green coconut grass and eggs on top! We tried something new today and read the 1st chapter of Little House on the Prairie over the intercom – it was received with good reviews. So we’ll continue reading a chapter a day at 10:30 in the morning. Tomorrow we’re going to try Intercom Bingo – those that want to play will have a clipboard with several run-off Bingo card papers – they will mark their numbers with a crayon when they hear the number called on the intercom. The Rehab department has tried several small exercise groups of less than 10 residents – of course, keeping their ‘social distance’!! One lady remarked “Is this what you call Western exercise?? . . . Wide open spaces!?” Another lady remarked to an employee “Just continue to carry on like you’ve started. Thank you so much for what you do!” So keep the good cheer coming . . . we all need it!! And . . . the sunshine today helps!!! Thank you for your songs and prayers!!
Join us on Tuesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Book Fair in the Manor Activity Room – you are welcome to donate books to give away or sell. If you are selling them please have your price and name on the books. Please have your donations here on or before 9:00 a.m. on the 14th. Come and browse – you may find something you like! “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…the man who never reads lives only one.” George R. R. Martin