Residents enjoyed music by Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf Friday morning, March 16. After lunch, residents and guests celebrated the March birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday presents were donated by Fairystone Baptist Church.
Saturday, March 17, Landmark residents were treated to “lucky floats” and challenged with puzzles in recognition of Saint Patrick’s Day. Sunday was National Oatmeal Cookie Day and residents and guests enjoyed oatmeal raisin cookies.
Although the weather has been very uncooperative, residents have managed to eat breakfast out locally March 20 and attend bingo March 22 at the local library. Tuesday, March 27, residents traveled to Mount Airy, N.C., for lunch and on March 29 they enjoyed Mexican food locally.
March 20, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, along with The Landmark Center, presented Five Wishes, a living will which talks about personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes of a patient. This is a time when the patient can talk with family, friends and doctor about how he or she wishes to be treated if they are seriously ill. For more information, contact Kim Chitwood, RN, Hospice nurse liaison at (276) 732-7872 or Bren Hankins, outreach provider representative at (276) 226-3221.This is your life; make your wishes known.
Once again the community children were invited to the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection for the annual Easter egg hunt March 24. After the welcome by Victor Williams and a prayer by Reverend Jim Churchwell, over 3,000 eggs were hidden in the hallways for the children to hunt. The Blue Ridge Bell Choir performed a variety of songs and refreshments were enjoyed by all. Peter Rabbit was also on hand for pictures. This event was hosted by Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, The Landmark Center Assisted Living and Memory Care neighborhoods.
The residents always look forward to our musical guests. Tuesday, March 20, they welcomed Sue Nester and on March 22 entertainment was provided by the Community Choir.
A journey which began at The Landmark Center in October 2017 came to an end on Saturday, March 24, with the Empty Bowls fundraiser to fight hunger in Patrick County. Landmark residents were the first to make bowls with the assistance of local artists Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayer during the monthly Community Art Class. Residents designed and painted their bowls in a later class. We are so thankful that we could be a part of this event.
Children from the Patrick Springs Head Start Program were our guests at The Landmark Center on March 27 for an Easter egg hunt. Residents gathered in the Landmark living room to witness all the excitement. I think the children set a new record; they found 500 Easter eggs in less than five minutes. After all the eggs were found the children thanked the residents for inviting them into their homes with a big hug and a big thank you. I have a big thank you to their teacher, Mary Quesenberry, and all of the other helpers.
Thank you to the Hannah and Her Sisters Seniors Group from the Fellowship Church in Ararat and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care for the beautiful handcrafted Easter cards sent to our residents.
The April Blood Pressure schedule times and locations includes: April 6: Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11 a.m. to noon; April 12: Patrick Seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; April 16: Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and April 17: STEP Seniors at STEP in Stuart, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be April 24 at The Landmark Center in Stuart, beginning at noon. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050. A light lunch will be provided.
If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center please stop by and fill out an application; we would love to have you on our team.
Until next time, see you at Landmark.