It is hard to believe it is already the middle of October with the holidays quickly approaching.
As we have witnessed the devastation left behind by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, we are very thankful to be safe and sound at The Landmark Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are recovering.
Residents and staff worked together to create homemade spices to honor our L P Ns and dietary staff during Licensed Practical Nurses’ Week and National Healthcare Foodservice Week, October 1-7.
The month of September ended as Landmark residents welcomed a new group, the Senior Melodies, Friday evening, September 29. Saturday morning, residents were treated to makeovers by Mary Kay representatives Robin and Antonia.
The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held at The Landmark Center, Tuesday morning, October 3. If you served in the Armed Forces of the USA and would like to join others seeking comfort and support, you are invited to join us at The Landmark Center from 9 to 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided.
Residents traveled locally for lunch where they enjoyed Mexican food. In the afternoon, staff and residents participated in the Lay’s Flavor Challenge. They tasted the three flavors of potato chips and choose the crunchy taco flavor as the winner. After dinner, the FARM TEAM entertained the residents and their guest.
Thursday morning, October 5, residents shopped locally. After lunch, community guests joined Landmark residents for the Rook Tournament. Winners were Jesse Mae Vernon, Elizabeth Goard, and Aileen Arden. Each one received a pumpkin candy dish full of autumn mix candy. Refreshments were provided. Coordinators of this event were Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, and Daniel Quesenberry, assistant activity director.
The next tournament will be held in December. For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, extension 4514. Evening entertainment was provided by Charles Bowman from the group, Two Old Two Young.
Local square dancers and the Over The Hill Gang visited with the Landmark residents Monday night, October 2. Residents welcomed Mike Hall Friday evening, October 6. Faithful volunteers from Harvest Worship Center joined the residents Saturday afternoon, and members of Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church met with the residents Sunday afternoon.
The Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC sponsored a sock hop Saturday, October 7 at Rotary Field in Stuart. Landmark residents, in their ’50s poodle skirts, joined the fun. I believe they even got a glimpse of Elvis!
October 9-13 was Firefighters’ Week and Landmark residents and staff visited the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department on October 10 for a tour. The residents presented a basket of goodies to them in appreciation for everything they do for their community and Patrick County. Thank you to all of our firefighters in Patrick County.
Beth Ford, historical services assistant from the Reynolds Homestead, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group in the afternoon. Once again, an excellent program was presented to the residents and family members in attendance using stories, postcards, pictures, and calendars. Residents shared memories and stories from their past using the autumn theme. The Mountain View Singers inspired the residents and their guests with gospel music after dinner.
Landmark residents enjoyed breakfast at a local restaurant on the morning of October 12. They also welcomed local artists Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayner for the Community Art Class. Working together, they created the first of 600 bowls for the Empty Bowl Festival which will be in March of 2018 at Rotary Field. Each resident added a personal touch to their bowl using a variety of items.
Norma is directing the bowl making and is working with groups throughout Patrick County including school children. Money raised at the festival will be donated to the Patrick County Food Bank. Landmark residents are excited to be a part of this special program.
After lunch, Collinsville Country entertained the residents with a variety of music.
Later in the month we will honor our ministers during National Pastoral Care Week, October 22-28.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center on October 24, at noon. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, extension 4501. This event is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided.
On October 31, The Landmark Center will welcome community children for an evening of fun and safe trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m..
Until next time, see you at Landmark.