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Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center

Hello from our home to your home. We have been so busy we forgot to write our news article last week – sorry about that!

This last week has been a special week, it was National Nursing Home Week.  Each and every day had a special emphasis.

We started our week off with Western Day, a shoot out at the OK Corral, A big hoedown in the afternoon at the monthly birthday party.  Lola Mayberry and her band played for the birthday party.   Cakes were provided by the Ava United Methodist Church, and Mrs. Kelly stayed and helped pass out cake and ice cream.   Everyone was dressed in western wear getting ready for the BBQ with family and friends.  The dietary department grilled burgers and hot dogs for everyone to enjoy along with pistol packing potato salad, campside baked beans, and Annie’s apple cobbler.

Tuesday morning we woke up to Safari Day and a huge bear was sitting in the main dining room.  We had a wild dog show at 10:00 with Yorik and everyone enjoyed the wild show he put on.  We appreciate his owners Jon and Marilyn Slanton.  In the afternoon we had a Scavenger Hunt, Call of the Wild games,  and Jungle Nails with Whitney.

Wednesday morning the scene changed, we woke up to everyone in their pajamas, curlers in their hair.  We made S’mores  and passed them around to residents and staff. At lunch time we had a sandwich bar set up so that we could help make our own lunches.  After lunch a bed making contest was held in the main lobby with director of nursing, Angie Wilkerson’s, team winning the race.  Everyone was laughing so hard and having a good time.

Judy Kent came and did sleepytime games with us.  A baby photo contest was held with everyone trying to guess who everyone was.

Thursday morning we traveled to Hawaii and had a wonderful time at the Volunteer Tea for  our volunteers.

The dietary department set up a luau for our volunteers.  Carol Carson won the door prize.  They are important to the ongoing of our activites.  We love and appreciate each and everyone.

Friday morning we went back in time to the 50’s.  50’s at the Hop, the area was decorated with guitars, juke box, old telephones, hoola   hoops and big pictures of Elvis.  Ike and LaVern Ashby treated everyone to ice cream floats at the Big Daddy Soda Shop.  Hospice Compassus brought

in the soda and we fixed everyone up with grape cows, orange cows, strawberry cows,  root beer floats and coke-cola floats.

My strawberry soda was delicious and quinched my thirst-so cool!  Lunch was a cold plate trio served with lettuce and tomato, crackers and Elvis Presley’s pineapple cake.

We appreciate Mike Burris who helped decorate each night.   All the residents and staff were all active in each celebration.

The workmen are making headway on our new therapy room.  I know it is slow, but we must consider they have to keep other maintenance work done so we are patient, but  it’s going to be a great improvement.

Our foliage and flowers are doing good and we have more flowers to fill all of the empty urns and some will be to decorate the new entertainment center at the front entry.  It’s a lovely building and permanent gazebo.

We appreciate the Hadeen family for providing us with a new magnification machine.  Everyone has enjoyed it.

My brother in California likes to treat all the residents to something special, so next week he is giving us a watermelon fest. This is really a once-a-year treat for us.  We appreciate it, Galen!.  Galen spent twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force, now lives in California and hopes to fly home for a visit with family and friends in July.

Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Alice June Johnson, who went to be with her, Jesus.

Congratulations to Carl Smith and  Lorene Robertson on getting to go home.

We would like to welcome our

residents to our home; they are Lena Goss, Loredo Uhrich, Mae Cox, Glenda Williams, Frances Aid, Dorothy Slate and Wayne Yeary.

We have started getting ready for our 29th Annual 4th of July Celebration that will be held on June 27th.  If you would like to have a booth please call Connie at 683 -4129.

God Bless You from Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.


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