Dietary Week this year was October first through the sixth. The Dietary Department started the week off with Monday as “Kiss the Cook” day. The Dietary staff passed out Hershey Kisses to all the staff and residents on that day. Some of us did get kisses on the cheeks from the residents. It was a fun day. The next day was cookie day where we made cookies for all the staff at the Health Center. Wednesday was a nice carry-in meal and we brought some of our specialties that we made at home to share with everyone. On Thursday the Dietary Department made a cake for the pay day meeting. The cake was decorated in a sports theme with sayings like “Team Work,” and “There is No ‘I’ in Team.” This was the kick off for the big tailgate party on Friday. Everyone was asked to wear a shirt or ball cap to represent their favorite team, whether it be baseball, football, or even a NASCAR team. We cooked polish sausage and brats on the grill, grilled some onions and had all the other “fix en's” for a regular tailgate meal. Residents and staff really enjoyed it. It was also a time to remind each department that working together as one team makes this a good place to work and working as a team for one goal: making this the best home for our residents.
We have been staying busy with activities during this busy holiday season.
In October, we had Trick or Treat night. We gave the residents candy to hand out to all the kids in the community who came. The residents had a wonderful time. On Halloween we had a party for all of the residents; some of the residents and staff dressed in costume for the occasion.
On December 6th we are having a bazaar and country store. Some of the residents have made things they want to sell, so stop in and check us out!
In December we also have our annual potluck. That is when we invite family members to bring a covered dish, we supply the meat and beverage, and everyone has a wonderful evening of food and conversation, as well as a visit from Santa and his elf. Come have a pleasant evening with us on December 13.
2007 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk
Fort Madison Health Center’s team “Magic Makers” participated in the memory walk at Crapo Park in Burlington, IA. Staff and family members represented FMHC. The local Boy Scouts assisted with the opening and closing ceremonies. Officer Boomer and Reno gave demonstrations of the canine’s help with the police department. Doug Vandiver and Kathy Dye entertained with music. A lot of activities filled the park throughout the day, and lunch was served to all who participated.
During the month of September we had a bake sale, sold pedometers, tacos, snacks, held a silent auction, $1.00 jeans days, accepted pledges, and raised $610. Great job, team! Thanks to everyone who participated - we hope to see you next year at the 2008 Memory Walk.
Service Awards/Retirement Ceremony
Fort Madison Health Center honored the following 2007 recipients for five, ten, fifteen and twenty-five years of service: Sheryl Gant, five years; Tenile Aldridge, Shirley McMurray, Beth Todd, ten years; Deb Bruno, Caroline Gastelum, Sharon Loffler, fifteen years; Reva Anderson, twenty-five years. Pins were given to each. Reva Anderson retired after twenty-five years of service. Each facility and Inhance presented Reva with a Thomas Kincade musical light house and a beautiful gold necklace. Cake and punch were served to all who attended. Reva will be missed by all.
Congratulations to Vera Wright, who has been a member of the Moose Lodge for fifty years. Vera states that she joined in 1956 when she was thirty-three and has remained a faithful member for fifty years. Vera stated that she joined because she liked the nice people, dances, meals the first of the month and around Rodeo time. She also enjoyed the pot lucks. Vera remembers playing the piano for ten years at the meetings, always playing Blessed Is the Tie That Binds. Vera also remembers the Christmas parties for the children and how much fun everyone had.