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Jan 3, 2008

Nursing Home News -- January 2008


Welcome to a new year of the “Nursing Home News”.  Around this time when many people are making New Year’s resolutions, we’d like to offer you a few New Year’s tips to improve your nursing home visits:

  1. Set a schedule – Time management experts will tell you that if you don’t pick a specific time to accomplish a task, it risks never getting done.  Such it will be if you say to yourself, “I’ll try to go visit Betty when I have some free time.” Instead, say “Every Monday after work, I’ll go right to the nursing home for one hour before going home.”  If you only have time to go once a month, pick a day such as “The first Tuesday of the month”.  Write it on your calendar.
  2. Try to be relaxed – Even if you can’t stay long, pull up a chair and sit down.  This is very important because it establishes that you are a visitor, not just one of the many people (doctors, nurses, aides) that pass through the room each day.  Try not to look at your watch constantly.  Speak a little slower, and maybe a little louder.  When it’s time for you to go, there’s no need to apologize, just ask if you can continue the conversation next time.
  3. Don’t ‘judge’ your visits – You don’t need to bring anything with you.  You don’t need to have anything particularly inspiring to talk about.  Just show up.  Remember that there are no “uncomfortable silences” at the nursing home.  Many of the residents have no one to talk to all day – so your mere presence makes a difference.  If you find it difficult to sit in silence, bring a game, or bring the newspaper and discuss the headlines.



Friday, January 4th, 2:30PM – “Reaction Reading” -- This event will be held at Park Meadows and is led by board member Vi Asmuth.  Residents will be invited to participate in a program that consists of choral reading of poetry.  The group reacts with active participation, knowledge, opinions, feelings, and imagination.  You are welcome to come out to participate.

Monday, January 14th, 2:30 – 4PM -- Casino Time! – A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab -- At 2:30 there will be a bingo game.  Once we are finished with Bingo, we really up the stakes and move on to Blackjack!  The residents will be playing for “Bingo Bucks” and prizes.


Saturday, January 26th, 9AM – 12PM – Strategic Planning Session – The Friends Across the Ages Board of Directors, along with other interested volunteers and supporters, will be conducting the first of two strategic planning sessions to help guide the future path of our organization.  The last time we did a similar strategic planning was five years ago, and it was very productive.  If you’d like to be involved, please reply to this email and let us know!  It will be held at Barr Systems.


Thursday, January 31st, 3-4PM -- Birthday celebration – Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in January. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know!



Remember, be sure to check above to find out the nursing home at which an event will be held.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

All events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). If you've never been to a nursing home before, feel free to reply to this email and let the coordinators (Steve and Allison Blay) know what events you'll be attending, so they will be looking for you. You can also call them at 381-1117. 



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