Hello from our home to your home. It has been a while since we have written an article for the paper, so we will try and get caught up our news.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family members who were invited. We served a dinner of turkey, dressing, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and hot rolls, followed by everyone’s choice of pie. We served around 300 dinners total. Ruth Evans and Colleen Lakey volunteered to cut the desserts for the dinner, they were much appreciated .
Then, it seems like it was time to decorate for Christmas and we had a total of over 100 Christmas trees throughout the building. Ava Art Guild and the Ava Art Club brought over miniature trees to decorate residents rooms, and our dining room tables. We had carolers, church groups, children groups coming in to spread the holiday cheer through our home.
On December 23rd we served a Christmas dinner to our residents and family members. Our dietary department served a ham dinner with all the trimmings. Once again, Ruth Evans and Colleen Lakey volunteered to help cut the desserts for our dinner. Santa Claus made a flying stop to visit with us in the afternoon. Presents were handed out to all of the residents with Santa asking some of the residents if they had been naughty or nice. Sylvia Souder came and took pictures all day and we loved them. Sylvia has a nice touch with the camera. Lola Mayberry and Norma Stillings sang Christmas songs to get everyone in the mood for Santa’s appearance, but we had to be patient for his arrival, because he had so far to travel. We (residents) were amazed, surprised and blessed by all the joy of giving exhibited that afternoon with all our families here with us. Thornfield General Baptist once again gave gifts to all the residents. The love they show our home is totally amazing.
Our Christmas could not be complete without our awesome family members who helped buy Christmas for our residents—Betty Kennedy family, Pauline Knisell family, Bill and Macie Shireman, Neva Vinson family, Ava Jr. High Student Council (buying gifts for 15 residents), Dee Dee Wilkerson, Walnut Grove Church, Ruth Evans, the veterans groups, Sandy Church, Copeland Corporation and the employees of Heart of the Ozarks. Our community makes Christmas for our residents. We appreciate all the groups and families who thought of our residents this year.
Ava Elementary fourth grade class won the penny contest and donated all of the proceeds to our Music and Memory. We are in the process of buying IPods for our residents with dementia and alzheimer’s. For more information to watch a video clip go to http:// music and memory.org. Ava Kiwanis Club donated $100.00 to the program and it was appreciated.
We also had the Kiwanis weekly meeting here at our home and our Director of Nursing, Angie Wilkerson showed a video and gave a talk on the Music and Memory program.
Christmas Day our dietary department also encouraged family members to come and have dinner with their loved one.
Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center had its First Annual Health Fair with several local businesses having booths. The following business attended, Ava Drug powered by Walgreens, Family Pharmacy, The Hearing Aide Company, Muscular Pain Relief of Ava, Douglas County Health Department, Missouri Ozarks Community Health and Wellness Center, Ava Place, Gentiva Home Care, Intrepid Home Health, Hospice Compassus and Three Rivers Hospice. A very nice crowd attended and toured our new therapy department remodel.
Lots of free giveaways were given away. The health fair ended with the drawing for a 50” inch big screen television which was won by Carol Fuller.
The activities department has lots of help while I (Connie Burris ) was on vacation for a couple of weeks. I work with an awesome group of co-workers, but best of all
I have the most awesome volunteers of all time.
As we start the New Year we are blessed with the thoughts of everyone’s kindness throughout the year. And this year if you would like to volunteer please call Connie at 417-683-4129.
Our monthly birthday party was held on January 19th with awesome band playing for the party. Cakes were provided by the Faith Rock Church and the ladies stayed and helped pass out the cake and ice cream. Residents having birthdays in January are Vonnie Lysdol, Sherwood Aid, Dessie Ludwig, Don Taylor, Barbara Cupp, Sharon Tucker, Dewey Simpson and Gloria McCullough.
We had several seasonal jig-saw puzzles going during the holiday seasons. We now have a neon color puzzle going, boy it sure is bright.
Our activity schedule is getting back on schedule, our cooking club has been making different dips to share with the staff, today the residents made a hot spinach, artichoke and asparagus dip served with chips. Movie and popcorn is always a big hit with our residents, Smokey and the Bandit was shown two times during the day with a large crowd watching each time.
We have had several residents getting to go home since December, they are Barbadean Laughlin, Roy Ellis Stephens, Micheal Baney, Ronald Gunning, James Johnson, David
Wylie, Arthur Cox, Walter Bowers, Barbara Rowe, Mary Hale, Stephanie Nelson, and Don Nelson.
We welcome our new residents to our home, they are Lewis Burris, Charlene Bennett, Clara Russo, Carol Simmons, Anna Vandenberg, Harold March, Virginia Plaster, Earl Toothman, Myrl Cox, and Nancy Dalton.
God Bless You From Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.