The residents celebrated National Nursing Home Week with a “carnival” theme. We played all kinds of carnival games during the week and we had many groups into the center for entertainment and for visits.
We thank David Via, Patrick County Dancing Arts and Mike Hall for coming in and entertaining our residents. We also had Patrick County Chamber of Commerce members in for “Chamber Business after Hours.” The Nettle Ridge Church group came to have lunch with their members who are residents here at the center, individual volunteer appreciation tea, and a Mother’s Day tea.
Our week began with the Mother’s Day tea which was held in the recreation room on Mother’s Day. Our dietary department provided a wonderful selection of finger foods and different kinds of tea and lemonade.
We also crowned our Mothers of the Year, voted on by the staff at Blue Ridge. This year’s winners were Vivian Bennett, Pat Wood and Helen Shough. Each mother received a dozen pink silk roses and a tiara.
We also recognized our mothers who are over 100 years old. They are Grace Martin, Lillie Dalton and Sarah Lemke. They also received a dozen of pink roses and a tiara.
On Tuesday night we hosted “Chambers after Hours” in our recreation room at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. Chamber members were served wine or lemonade and finger foods provided by Blue Ridge Dietary Department. This was a great time for fellowship with the area businesses and being able to make new friends.
On Wednesday, the Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church ladies’ group had lunch with residents Betty Mabe, Nannie Biggs and Mable Stowe. Their church group visits and has lunch with their area ladies often here at Blue Ridge. Our residents love having their friends visit with them and to have lunch together like old times.
Thursday, we honored our individual volunteers with an afternoon tea. All our volunteers do so much to help with our activities and allow us to offer more activities for our residents. Most of these volunteers come weekly to help with activities or they provide entertainment for the residents. We are so blessed to have these wonderful people in our activity program.
We are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, please come by and see Dee Dee Via or call (276) 694-7161, extension 1804. When you become a volunteer at Blue Ridge, you become a friend and a family member to our residents and staff.
During all the games, our residents had a choice of prizes. We had many different prizes to choose from and we had “Blue Ridge money.” Our Blue Ridge money will be for our residents to shop at our yard sale, which the Alzheimer’s Association will be putting on for our residents. Most of the residents choose the money so they can shop during the yard sale.
Our activities department is now working on our in-house vacation week. We haven’t chosen our designation yet, but we are going to have a fun-filled week of activities for our residents,