Christmas Is Almost Here!

Well it’s December, and whether we feel ready for Christmas or not – it will be here soon. Once in a while around Christmas, we get asked for gift ideas for our residents. I thought I would post a few suggestions for those of you that would like to get something nice, but feel a little blank.

  • Shower gel or lotions
  • Perfume, Cologne, Body Spray
  • New clothes – dresses, shirts, etc.
  • Soft, non-skid socks
  • New comforters, quilts, throws, etc.
  • Sweaters or jackets
  • Books or Magazine subscriptions
  • Subscription with  local florist for monthly bouquet
  • New wall hangings to make their rooms feel “homey”
  • Calendars (larger print)
  • Puzzles

And if you would like to give a monetary donation to Moundridge Manor for something special, the following are a few items we would love to have:

  • Odoscope for the West Unit (we only have one for the whole building) – $400
  • Pulse Oximeter for ear lobe (more accurate oxygen reading for those with poor hand circulation) – $350 or $650, depending on type
  • Ipad (s) for the Activity Dept. (would be wonderful for illustrating topics in Circle of Friends, and for interactive one-on-one activities) – around $900 each
  • And for those of you that are feeling really, really generous 🙂  Activity Bus/Van (would allow us to take multiple residents with wheelchairs on outings) – ?? A LOT!!

Wishing each and every one of you a special Christmas season!

Hello Again!

Sorry about the lack of updates over the last few days! It was incredibly busy here on Friday, I actually had off on Saturday and Sunday, and Monday…. well, Monday was a Monday which oozed over into Tuesday, and suddenly here we are smack in the middle of another week! Pretty flimsy excuses, but it’s all I’ve got! 🙂 Moving on… as of Monday noon, all residents displaced by the flood were back home at the Manor. We had 23 come home on Thursday, 23 on Friday, 13 on Saturday, and 13 on Monday. So is life back to normal at the Manor? Not entirely. The first six rooms on Hall 1 had to have about 12 inches of sheetrock along the floor ripped out, so along with new floors on all of Hall 1, the first six rooms are also getting some new sheetrock and paint. Because those rooms are not yet finished, the residents who normally reside there have been given temporary homes in other rooms. The front offices are all getting new floors, some new sheetrock, and some remodeling (something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time). So currently, the Moundridge Manor Secretary, Office Manager, CFO, and Administrator are all sharing the Cottonwood Pointe room – Travis and Kevin have the “corner offices” and Rae and I are the “front offices”. LOL! Oh, and the D.O.N. is in the storage room adjoining Cottonwood Pointe! So no – not quite normal yet! But everyone is glad to be back, and  I think we all have a new thankfulness for the support of friends, family, church, and community; we could not have pulled through this ordeal without you!

Disaster Update #8

Hello! Just a quick update to let everyone know that twenty three residents are now safely back under the roof of Moundridge Manor! The homecoming went very smoothly with the help of numerous volunteers and extra staff on board. As each resident came through the doors at the west entrance, they were met with warm greetings and applause by an impromptu welcoming committee made up of volunteers and staff from numerous departments. It seemed like whenever the cry went out “The van is here”, or “The bus has arrived”, people would just pop out of the woodwork to help welcome them home!

A special thank you to the volunteers who helped make the day a success – whether you are one of the guys who helped load all of the furniture, clothes, and “stuff” into the trailer and haul it back to the Manor, or if you helped clean, or pushed residents through the line, or put their clothes away, we appreciate every one of you!

Disaster Update #7

Well, it’s been another busy day! The volunteers from Suncrest and Sedgwick were able to get all the tile off of Friendship Lane floors last night except for seven rooms. Guys from Supreme Floor Company and Jay’s Floor Covering, along with volunteers, board members, and other workers were here first thing this morning to start laying the new flooring. Most of those have been working hard all day and are still here; they have made amazing progress. A big thanks to them for their dedication, and also to Vince and Mark for getting those vinyl planks here so quickly; they rolled in about 7:30 am.

Tomorrow is the big day that we have been looking forward to for over a week now; the return of some of our residents!! Pam Decker and her activity crew have been blowing up balloons, hanging banners, and making personalized signs for each room welcoming them back. It takes an unbelievable organizational effort to get ready to re-admit seventy-some residents! Karla and her assistants have been working for the last few days, just figuring out when and where and how to staff. Joyce Penner and her housekeeping department have been cleaning all available resident rooms and common areas. Veleda Loewen and the laundry gals have been doing loads and loads of wash- all clothes in all closets in the affected rooms, along with towels and bedding. Sharon Schmidt and the dietary department have been doing a wonderful job feeding any and all workers – construction crews, board members, our staff, city workers,  – you name it, they’ve fed ’em! And it’s been good! Tonight’s supper was a real treat; knowing there would be numerous staff and floor coverers working late, Cris & Jody Ratzlaff came in and grilled hamburgers for us! MMmmm, good!

Think of us tomorrow… I have a feeling that it will be a hectic day, but a good one!