It is very hard to believe September is over; the holidays will be here before we know it!
National Assisted Living Week, September 11-17, continued as we honored our staff with a surprise each day in honor of their hard work and dedication to the residents. On Monday all staff was treated to a candy bar, Tuesday, they were provided with the ingredients to make their own S’mores. Wednesday was Super Hero Day with all staff and residents receiving a super hero sticker; all staff was treated to cupcakes. Thursday, September 15, the treat for that day was fresh doughnuts and Friday sodas and chips were provided for all staff. All our staff is “SO-DA” bomb!
Family and friends were invited to join the residents for an old fashioned dinner Thursday evening, September 15. Our guests were welcomed by Victor Williams, CEO, and administrator Melinda Collins introduced the newest members of The Landmark team. Daniel Quesenberry, activities, asked the blessing for the meal.
Everyone enjoyed delicious meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and strawberry shortcake. The dining room tables were decorated with white tablecloths, red and white checked table runners, and bright yellow goldenrod adorned the table’s center. After dinner all were invited to the living room to play “Family Feud.” Thank you to everyone who helped make this week so great.
Youth from Abiding Grace Church and residents shared together one last activity of NALW Wednesday evening, September 21. The activity was “connect with the past.” Residents shared with the children some of their past experiences and how technology has changed during their lifetime. The children shared how they use technology today and the effect it has in their lives.
September 13, Beth Ford, historical services assistant, and volunteer Becky Foley from the Reynolds Homestead led the monthly Art Fusion meeting at The Landmark Center. In keeping with the theme, “keep connected,” the program leaders shared how technology has made it easier to connect with family and friends.
This program was educational and as always interesting. The strength of the Art Fusion program is communication as residents share their memories and stories, realizing how our past connects us all today.
Residents traveled to Mabry Mill Tuesday, September 13, and enjoyed a time of fun and fellowship. September 20, they ate lunch at a local Mexican restaurant and on September 22, residents attended the Patrick County Fair. After eating a traditional dinner some of the residents played games, checked out the animals, and listened to the groups providing entertainment. As usual, this trip triggered many memories of past fairs from the residents. Tuesday, September 27, residents traveled to Mount Airy, N.C., to go shopping and purchased a milkshake for the ride home.
Volunteers providing evening entertainment include Chords of Faith, FARM TEAM, and Sue Nester. Thanks you for sharing your time and talents with the residents of The Landmark Center. If you would like to become a volunteer call (276) 694-3050, extension 4514.
Student from the senior cosmetology class of Patrick County High School returned September 20, and provided complete manicures for the Landmark residents. This is always a special event as residents and guests become friends by the end of the school year. We look forward to their return in October.
We have mums and winter pansies for sale at the Big Greenhouse; located between The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. Call (276) 694-3050, extension 4501, for more information.
Join the Landmark residents for a Rook Tournament October 6 from 1:30-4 p.m. in the dining room. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, extension 4514. This event is coordinated by volunteers, Jim and Ellen Saunders and Daniel Quesenberry, activities.
You are invited to our new monthly Family Education Series which will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Our “Hold Your Hand” series will cover many different topics affecting families and caregivers who are currently caring for a senior citizen.
Join us Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in the recreation room. The address is 105 Landmark Drive, Stuart. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC, (276) 694-7161 or Melinda Collins at The Landmark Center, (276) 694-3050.
October 23-29 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. The community is invited to join us at The Landmark Center on Monday, October 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. for an introduction to massage, the history and benefits of massage, and conditions that can be treated with massage. On Wednesday, October 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. visit to learn about massage hands-on. Learn about the different modalities, watch demos, and give and receive a hand massage.
The community is invited to an Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting Tuesday, October 25, at The Landmark Center, 227 Landmark Drive, Stuart, beginning at noon. For more information, call (276) 694-3050 or (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be served.
Until next time, see you at Landmark.