Landmark Activities

Memory Care residents joined the Assisted Living residents for entertainment by Two Old and Two Young, Thursday, July 6, Mike Hall on July 7, and crafts with TWO Hands on Saturday morning, July 8. They also traveled to Mabry’s Mill, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for lunch July 12 and Ridgeway on July 19 for pizza.

    Sunday, July 16, was National Sugar Cookie Day and residents enjoyed cookies in the game room, later they welcomed members of Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church for singing and preaching.

    The monthly Operation Home front meeting was held on July 11 at The Landmark Center. Those in attendance painted red, white, and blue pictures which included the American Flag. If you served in the Armed Forces of the Unites States of America you are invited to attend these meeting to connect, recognize, and support our local heroes. These meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, 9-10 am, in the Landmark Living Room. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, from Reynolds Homestead, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group, also on July 11.Residents were shown local paintings of the outdoors, lakes, and mountains. Residents shared memories and stories about places from their past; they also talked about West Virginia and its mountains. The residents always have a lot of fun in this program. After dinner, residents were led in worship by singers from Mountain View Mountain View United Methodist Church.

    Each Wednesday afternoon, volunteer, Helen Cowley, joins the residents for the Cooking Club. On July 12 we made a Strawberry Upside Down Cake which was delicious. Residents, staff, family guests, and Helen worked together to prepare the cake and topping to be baked. As the cake baked the delicious aroma of strawberries filled the room and surrounding hallways. As we “patiently” waited to taste our creation residents reminisced about family and meal time at home. What a blessing to share memories with each other. On July 19 the Cooking Club grilled corn and pineapple.

    Bus trips have included pizza for lunch in Mount Airy, NC, July 11, breakfast at a local restaurant on July 13, local shopping July 18, and an adult coloring class at the local library July 20.

    Local artists led the residents in the Community Art class, July 13. Residents were assisted in creating beautiful sun-catchers using items found in our homes. Residents now have them hanging in the windows of their rooms and in the Arts & Crafts Room. In the afternoon, residents were entertained by the group, Collinsville Country.

    Residents took part in a Spelling Bee on Friday morning, July 14. Everyone in attendance received Landmark Bucks to spend in the Country Store on Monday. After dinner, residents relaxed to the beautiful music of Roger Wells.

    Member from Harvest Worship Center joined the residents on Saturday, July 15, for a time of singing, worship, and prayer. Residents and guests were treated to ice cream sundaes on Sundae Sunday.

    Throughout Patrick County people are savoring fresh tomatoes from the garden. Landmark residents were treated to a “Tomato Sandwich Picnic” in the courtyard July 18. There is nothing quite like a tomato sandwich and friends while on a picnic! Local singer, Sue Nester, entertained the residents after dinner with gospel music.

    The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center on July 25, 2017, at noon. For more information call The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be provided.

    The next Community Rook Tournament is scheduled on August 3, 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Landmark Dining Room. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The next Operation Homefront meeting will be August 1, 9-10 am, in the Landmark Living Room. Contact Susan Foster, (276) 694-4416 for more information.

    August Blood Pressure Schedule: 8/4/17-Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11 am-noon. 8/7/17-Lowes Foods in Stuart, 11 am-1 pm. 8/10/17-Patrick County Seniors at Rotary Field, 10:30-11 am. 8/14/17-Ararat Seniors at Ararat Friendship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 8/15/17-Step Seniors at the Step Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    September 10-16, 2017, is National Assisted Living Week. The theme this year is, “Family is Forever.” Throughout the week we will be having special programs for the community, volunteers, staff, and families of our residents. There will be more information to come!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

With the hot temperatures we have been having the last week; we have to go outside on the patio early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. But as long as we can get outside for some fresh air and sunshine our residents are happy.  In the mornings we like to have patio exercise and play games. In the afternoons we just like to enjoy the cooler temperatures and maybe have some refreshments and reminisce about the good old days.

    This past week, we celebrated Hawaii. We had a luau in our West Wing dining room. The room was set up with a water and beach scene while our residents felt they might have been at the beach. They got to learn about the history of the islands and some fun facts about them too. It’s always exciting for our residents to learn new things and to experience the foods of different cultures. When you think of Hawaii you think of pineapples, so they were served pineapple upside down cake with nonalcoholic Blue Hawaii drinks. Our dietary team is always so wonderful to prepare all these delicious foods and drinks when we request them.  Sue Forrest, activities assistant, dressed up in a grass skirt during the activity. Each resident was given a lei when they entered the dining room.  The mood was very festive and the residents had a wonderful time!

    This week the residents had a Banana Split Afternoon and we celebrated residents who were born in July with our monthly Birthday Party. We would like to thank the area churches for supplying our residents with a gift. This month Sycamore Baptist Church provided the gifts. Each month with their donations, it puts smiles on many of our resident’s faces, because many of them don’t have family members to bring them a gift. It lets them know their special day wasn’t forgotten.

    Our weekly bus trips are still one of the resident’s favorite activities. This week they went riding around the county and they got to go to Golden Corral. So many of them love eating at the Golden Corral, it’s one of the places they want to go to monthly. Next week we will be going to Stuart Family Restaurant and riding around the county. We try very hard to get all those residents who want to go out put on the list so everyone will have a turn to go out on a trip.

    If you or your group would like to perform for our residents, please call 276-694-7161 ext. 1804 and ask for Dee Dee. We would love to put you on our calendar!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

My office is located next to the Memory Care Community entrance at The Landmark Center. Every day I hear the joy and laughter of those who call Memory Care home and the caring staff who provides for those folks daily. Often I can hear the laughter of Memory Care Coordinator, Jill Hairston, joining in! Often I tell Jill that they are “having too much fun.”  Monday, June 26, Memory care residents traveled to Eden, NC, for ice cream and on July 5, the destination was Mount Airy, NC, for fried chicken. On June 29 they celebrated National Hat Day by creating and wearing their handmade hats for a contest. Anna Epperson was awarded the grand prize for having the most creative hat; Helena Marsh and Annie Nolen won second and third place. Can’t wait to “hear” about all the fun in July!

    June 23, residents cooled off with ice cold watermelon in the Landmark Courtyard. On the 24th they were uplifted by song and word by James Setliff and on Sunday, June 25, residents and guests enjoyed strawberry shortcake. Monday morning, June 26, Charles Lawson and Fairystone Baptist Church led the residents in song and worship. In the afternoon residents were treated to “Sunshine Smoothies while relaxing in the courtyard.

    Residents traveled to a local restaurant for breakfast June 27 and on June 29 they ate lunch at the local Mexican restaurant. Tuesday evening, July 4, Landmark residents attended the fireworks at Dehart Park in Stuart and on Wednesday, July 6, the destination was Ridgeway for ice cream.

    On June 27, Landmark residents had a blast playing “Let’s Make a Deal.” If you have ever watched this game show you know the contestants must take a chance to win either a great prize or a dud. The prizes ranged from red, white, and blue hats to a rock! We all had a good time and most were happy with their winning prize.

    It was great to have volunteer, Bobby Nance, back and feeling better after being absent for a few weeks. Bobby has been a volunteer at The Landmark Center for nine years and residents and staff look forward to his weekly visits. Helen Cowley, also a longtime volunteer, leads the weekly Cooking Club each Wednesday. On June 28 we made tasty fried apple pies. Although this is not a new recipe, everyone loves to roll out the dough for the crust and add the fruit which becomes a delicious fried pie just like mamma used to make. The best part of this activity is when we taste the finished product; fried apple pies are the best.

    Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers for over ten years, lead the game, “Name That Tune,” Thursday, June 29. Ellen plays a tune on the piano and residents guess what song it is, Jim decides if the answer is correct and he then awards a prize to the resident. He and Ellen insert a certain amount of humor into the game and everyone has a fun time. Jim and Ellen, along with Daniel Quesenberry, also coordinate the Community Rook Tournament.  The next tournament will be August 3, 2017. If you would like to know more, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    Local singer, Jackie Belcher, entertained the residents with beautiful Southern Gospel music on Friday morning, June 30. After lunch they celebrated National Ice Cream Soda Day with refreshing Coke Floats.

    A favorite volunteer, Pastor Dave Boarman, shared the gospel with Landmark residents Saturday morning, July 1, 2017. In the afternoon residents were blessed by a visit from Harvest Worship Center. We appreciate all the volunteers who share their time and talents with our residents of the Landmark Center. If you would like to become a volunteer please stop by Landmark and fill out an application or call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514 for more information.

    Residents celebrated Independence Day with a fireworks word search puzzle and watermelon in the Courtyard. It is our prayer that each and every one had a happy and blessed Fourth of July!

    July blood pressure locations and times: July 13, Patrick County seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:00 am. July 17, Lowe’s in Stuart, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held at The Landmark Center on July 25, 2017, at Noon. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact The Landmark Center, (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

    Thank you to Tamesa  Williams for the donation of Jigsaw Puzzles to the Landmark residents.

    Residents and staff of the Landmark Center remind you that July 2, 2017, was the halfway point of 2017!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Our Fathers had a wonderful time during the “Father’s Day” celebration, which began on Friday afternoon. First, they started with a lunch down in our recreation room. We had planned for a cookout, but it got rained out. They still got to enjoy their meal, which was cooked outside before the rain. They had hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and their choice of beverage. Even with the rain, they had a wonderful time.  On Sunday morning, our fathers were invited to a Father’s Day breakfast where they were served homemade pancakes, sausage, bacon and their choice of beverage. They loved having the different kinds of syrups for their pancakes.  They enjoyed fellowshipping with one another and the staff members. During events like this you learn a lot about the residents and their past lives. It’s very interesting to hear about their lives and they enjoy kidding around with the staff members. Later that afternoon, we held a Father’s Day Reception where we crowned our “Fathers of the Year”. Each year staff members vote for Fathers of the Year, one from each floor.  This year’s winners were: Warren Patrick, James Graham and Herman Vaughn. Each father received a crown and a “Father of the Year” certificate. We also invite their families in to help us celebrate this event.  We want to congratulate our “Fathers of the Year”.

    The residents have been enjoying the cooler days this past week. We have been able to take them outside and have some of our activities on the patio. Its fun to talk about their childhood, what it was like growing up in Patrick County, and talking about what they did to make a living after they were grown. One of their favorite summertime activities is reminiscing while having tomato sandwiches. A tomato sandwich brings back memories of working in the tobacco fields, getting up hay or just working in their gardens. Just the taste of something can bring back a memory for all of us. We like to reminisce a about having a RC cola or a Dr. Pepper with peanuts in them, moon pies, beanie weenies or Vienna sausages and crackers, pack of nabs and a little Debbie cookie when you are working in tobacco for a break.  Just remembering things like this can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Although it was hard work working in tobacco, you can still remember how good all of these things tasted back then and the fun you had during the breaks.

    In July, we have plans on taking our residents to Mabry Mill, Stuart Family Restaurant, Golden Corral and to Wal-Mart shopping. We also have plans on going to Dippers for ice cream along with our around about bus trips. Our residents will also be able to go on an in-house vacation to Australia. We have many fun activities and a learning experience planned for this week.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director  

 

Landmark Activities

Local community artist joined Ursula Allen for the Community Art Class on June 8. Residents were assisted in creating beautiful summer art using watercolors and stencils of flowers and birds. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with our residents.

    Landmark individual volunteers were honored on Friday, June 9, with a spaghetti luncheon at The Landmark Center. Each volunteer received a gift and certificate of appreciation. Thank you to all of our volunteers for sharing your time and talents with our residents.

Landmark residents celebrated Donald Duck’s 83rd birthday on Friday afternoon, June 9, with orange dreamsicle ice cream floats; they were refreshing and delicious. Happy birthday Donald and many more! In the evening, residents relaxed to beautiful, Southern Gospel music by Roger Wells.

    Monday afternoon, June 12, residents enjoyed ice cream sundaes in the courtyard while learning about strange and often dangerous herbal “cures,” black magic, legends of love, histories and wild superstitions; it is all what’s called Flower Folklore. June 12 was Flower Folklore Day.

    June 13 residents traveled to Philpot Dam for a picnic lunch and cookout. Residents had a great time as they ate the hotdogs which were grilled by Daniel and viewed the beautiful scenery surrounding them. After arriving home at Landmark, residents were invited to the Art Fusion Discussion Meeting which is presented by Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center, and Homestead volunteer, Becky Turner. The theme for the meeting was “summertime” and residents had no problem discussing their summertime memories of feasts, swimming, ice cream, watermelon, and trips to the beach and lake. They also discussed old timey books about the mountains and the people who grew up there. The program was great as usual!

    The Cooking Club, led by volunteer, Helen Cowley, prepared a Strawberry Shortcake on June 14 since it was National Strawberry Shortcake Day. It was fun and delicious.

    Residents attended a monthly adult coloring class at the local library June 15. On Tuesday, June 20, residents ate lunch in Mount Airy and on Thursday, June22, they shopped locally.

    Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf entertained the residents Friday morning, June 16, with a mixture of ole timey songs as well as newer music. The residents enjoy singing along with familiar tunes and learning new songs. In the afternoon, residents and guests celebrated June birthdays at the monthly birthday party. They were served cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday gifts were donated by Mountain View UMC. Unfortunately the rain put a stop to the planned cookout in the Courtyard for the Father’s Day and C. N. A.  Cookout so the Dietary Staff saved the day by preparing the meal for our honored guests. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day special!  After a busy day residents relaxed to music by the Chords of Faith in the Landmark living room.

    The Landmark Center was the place to be on the evening of June 17th. The community was invited to the second annual Splish Splash Bash. Kids of all ages enjoyed the water slides & bounce house. This event was also a fundraiser for the Patrick county Alzheimer’s Group.

Over the weekend members from Harvest Worship Center visited with Landmark residents and on Sunday afternoon, June 18, Father’s Day, residents and their guests were treated to peach cobbler and ice cream. We hope all dad’s had a great day.

    Sue Nester entertained Landmark residents Tuesday evening after dinner and the youth from Abiding Grace Church joined the residents Wednesday evening for fun and games.

    New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center Thursday, June 22, with a New Comer’s Social. We are very pleased to welcome you to the Landmark family.

    Thank you to Patti Nelson for your donation to the Landmark residents.

    Get ready for the next Landmark Community Rook Tournament on August 3, 1:30-4 pm, in the dining room. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Daniel Quesenberry at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The next Operation Homefront will be held at The Landmark Center on Tuesday, July 11,

9-10 am, in the living room. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided.

    July blood pressure locations: July 7: Meadows of Dan Seniors—Meadows of Dan community Center 11-12 noon. July 10: Ararat seniors—Friendship Mission Church 10:30-11 am. July 11: Step Seniors—Step in Stuart 10:30-11:30 am. July 13: Patrick County Seniors—Stuart Rotary Building 10:30-11 am. July 17: Lowe’s BP—Lowe’s in Stuart 11 am-1 pm.

    The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet on July 25, 2017, at noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information, call TLC (276) 694-3050 or BRTC (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

We have been working hard on our in-house vacation week. We will be starting our vacation on July 31st through August 4th. We have gotten our activities ready for this week of fun and laughter. We will be visiting the coast of Australia, The Great Barrier Reef, The Outback and the Rain Forest. The vacation will start as we visit Sydney and learn about the culture and the people of Australia.  Each day we will visit different places in Australia. The residents will get to do activities that go along with that area.  They will also try different foods and drinks from the Australian culture. It’s always fun to plan and bring our residents these types of activities.  We will also be getting our staff involved in the activities and we will be having special events for them too!

    This past week, our residents had a good time going out to the Dollar Tree. They got a lot of personal items, snacks, and fun items to have in their rooms. They also took a trip riding around the county just looking at the beautiful scenery. Our residents look forward to going on these trips. This week we will be going to Golden Corral, and next week to The Asian House in Mt. Airy. The Asian House has become one of their favorite places to eat. We are planning our bus trips for next month. The residents want to go to Stuart Family Restaurant, Golden Corral, Mabry Mill and Wal-Mart. We go on bus trips twice a week. We divide the bus trips into Around About and going out to eat, shopping or a special event in the community. We love getting the residents out into the community and they have a good time along with the staff members. During our trips we can find out a lot of information from our residents about their past life, what their favorite foods are and about their families.  

    The residents of Blue Ridge love to have visitors. We are always looking for new activities for our residents to enjoy. We would love to have you to come in and share your talent with us! If you would like to volunteer your time or talent, please give us a call at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804 we would love to put you on our calendar of events!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

 

Landmark Activities

Guests from the community joined the Landmark staff and residents, Thursday evening, May 25, 2017, for the Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Memory Care Neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and chilly temperatures to join us for this very special event.

    The activity staff at The Landmark Center welcomes new team member, Laura Peltier. Laura is experienced in both Assisted Living and Memory Care and will be a great asset to the Landmark Community.

    Over the Memorial Day weekend residents welcomed James Setliff on Saturday, enjoyed an Ice Cream Social in the courtyard on Sunday, and ate watermelon during the Memorial Day Celebration on Monday afternoon.

    Tuesday, May 30, residents traveled to Infinity Akers Petting Ranch in Ridgeway and experienced a “day out’ they will not soon forget. Many of the residents fed baby goats using a baby bottle, made friends with a lama, and became a snake handler! They also enjoyed a picnic lunch prepared by the Landmark Dietary Staff.

    Residents went shopping locally on the morning of June 1. In the afternoon, community guests joined Landmark resident for the bi-monthly Community Rook Tournament. Winners were Willie Mae Ray, Elizabeth Goard, and Jesse Vernon; each winner received a prize. This tournament is coordinated by volunteers, Jim and Ellen Saunders and Daniel Quesenberry, Assistant Activity Director. Refreshments were provided by the Landmark Dietary Staff. Please make plans to join the residents on August 3, 2017, for the next tournament. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514. After dinner, residents were entertained by singer, Charles Bowman. Charles sings a wide variety of tunes which includes gospel and Classic country. His music always puts huge smiles on the resident’s faces!

    Doughnuts and coffee were served to the residents Friday morning, June 2, in celebration of National Doughnut Day. Saturday, June 3, residents welcomed Pastor Dave Boarman and on Sunday afternoon residents and guests were served cheesecake and punch in celebration of Cheese Day.

    The Over the Hill Gang and local square dancers performed for the Landmark residents Monday evening, June 5. This is a favorite activity at the Landmark Center; residents always look forward to watching and joining the dancers on the floor.

    The Operation Homefront meeting was held at The Landmark Center on June 6. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join the Landmark residents for support and conversation. The next meeting will be on July 11, 9:00-10:00 am, in the Landmark living room. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org. Refreshments are provided. In the afternoon, residents traveled to Ridgeway for ice cream and after dinner residents were treated to music by the F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M. This group performs with an element of Western Swing and traditional Folk music. You can’t keep from tapping your feet and clapping your hands.

    Gentlemen from the Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection will be honored with a Father’s Day cookout in the Landmark Courtyard, Friday, June 16. We would like to wish all dads a very happy Father’s Day.

    The community is invited to the second annual Splish Splash, we are having a bash happening between The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection on Saturday night June 17, 2017. The fun will begin at 6:00-10:00 pm with free admission to the activities. Come and enjoy the Bounce House Extreme, Lava Twist, and the Slip N’ Slide. After all the fun in the sun sit back and relax while watching the Movie “Trolls” which will begin at 9:00 pm. Snacks and refreshment will be available. This event is a fundraiser for the Patrick County Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be June 27, 12:00 noon, at The Landmark Center. This program is sponsored by the Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be provided.

    Thank you to Donna Foree for your donation to the Landmark residents.

    Until next time-see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents at Blue Ridge had a wonderful time during National Nursing Home Week. They had a fun filled week of different activities to enjoy and they learned about different culture’s foods and enjoyed showing their talent to their friends.  They also had a good time going on a picnic to DeHart Park and taking a bus ride on the parkway, stopping off at Mabry Mill to see the beautiful scenery.  It’s always fun to plan these events hoping the residents will enjoy themselves and to have something different for them to enjoy. We are always trying different activities. Some are hits and some are misses.  

We are now working on our in-house vacation which we will be going to Australia this year. We have been brain storming different ideas and activities for the weeklong event. These events are always a lot of fun for our residents and we try to incorporate the staff into these events also. With Australia, we can go to the beach or the desert.  We research facts about the places we are going to visit, such as the food, differences in their culture, and games.  Sometimes we have to adapt the games or food, but that’s what makes it fun for us and our residents.  When we all can learn something new, it is exciting. We hope to have our in house vacation during the month of August. We are working on getting supplies in for the event.

The residents went to Wal-Mart this week to do some of their own shopping. They love getting new outfits, snacks, arts/crafts and some like shopping at the deli for food.  We are planning on a trip to the Dollar Tree, Mabry Mill, Golden Corral and the Asian House in Mt. Airy. The residents are always giving us a list of places they want to visit or eat at. These are their trips and we try to always take them were they want to go. Each month we also have Around About bus trips; this is where we take the residents just riding around the county, on back roads just looking at the beautiful scenery of Patrick County.

It’s hard to believe it’s already June, the spring is really going by fast. We like to have the residents outside as much as we can in the late early morning or late afternoon. They love going outside to sit  in the sun, visiting with their friends and playing games. We like to have freeze pops while sitting out on the patio and trying to guess the flavor too!

We are already working on our July calendar. If you or your group would like to perform for the residents, please call Dee Dee Via, at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

 

 

Landmark Activities

Ursula Allen, along with other local artist, met with Landmark residents on May 11 for the Community Art Class. Residents were assisted in creating a beautiful butterfly which they could use to decorate their room for spring, or wear as a pin. Thank you to these faithful volunteers for sharing your talent with us at The Landmark Center.

Landmark ladies spent the morning being pampered with make-overs, manicures, and hair styling, May 12, in preparation for the afternoon Mother’s Day Tea. Special volunteers included: Heather Rider, manicures, and friend, Carey, hair stylist, and Robin Rolen and friend for Mary Kay make-overs. Thank you making our residents’ look and feel so special. Later, family and friends joined Landmark residents in the dining area for the Tea Party. Guests enjoyed hot and iced tea, cucumber sandwiches, cheese and crackers, mini-cheesecakes, chocolate cake, and lemon poppy seed cake. Thank you to Thyra Biggs for assisting with the day. After dinner, residents were entertained by singer, Roger Wells.

Beautiful spring pictures were painted by Landmark residents, Saturday morning, May 13, with the assist of volunteers from the TWO Hands Group. This group consists of children and adults who have made it their mission to put a smile on all faces. Residents look forward to their return in June.

Bus trips have included lunch at Bassett Forks, May 16, and the Patrick County Library, May 18, for an Adult Coloring class. Residents went shopping locally, May 22, a Mexican lunch in Martinsville, May 23, and a trip to the Train Station, May 25, in Bassett. Saturday, May 20, residents attended the Strawberry Festival in Stuart. While traveling to the location residents also enjoy the lovely colors of spring.

Mrs. Laura Clifton celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends, May 17, at The Landmark Center. Mrs. Clifton has been a resident of The Landmark Center for 4 years and is most definitely a part of the Landmark family. She loves working Jigsaw Puzzles and being with family and friends. We love you, Laura!

Landmark residents enjoyed the music of local singer, Sue Nester, Tuesday evening, May 16, and the youth from Abiding Grace Church for Game Night on May 17. Residents look forward to your return in June.

Residents welcomed Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf for a sing-a-long Friday morning, May 19. Mr. Purcell led the residents as they sing “Ole Timey Songs.” In the afternoon residents celebrated the May birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Resident birthday gifts were donated by Grace Baptist Church.

On National Strawberries and Cream Day, May 21, residents ate fresh strawberries and whipped cream at the afternoon activity. Thank you to the dietary staff for providing this delicious treat.

In between the showers and storms residents have been enjoying the sunshine and birds in the courtyard when possible. Many love to get a “sun tan”! Tuesday afternoon, May 23, we had planned on enjoyed the birds singing and the sunshine while sipping ice cold lemonade and rocking in the rocking chairs; the weather did not cooperate, so we sipped our lemonade in the Game Room and we will enjoy the sunshine soon.

Thursday afternoon, May 25, residents welcomed volunteers, Jim and Ellen Saunders, for the Name That Tune game.  Ellen play tunes on the piano as residents make their guesses; Jim makes the final decision and awards a prize. Everyone has a great time. Also join Jim and Ellen for the Community Rook Tournament on June 1, 2017, 1:30-4:00 pm, in the Landmark Dining room.  For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

May 23, I traveled to Woolwine Elementary School for my grandson, Jackson’s, Pre-K graduation. I love this little 5 year old with all my heart and wish only the very best for him in his future. It is my wish, along with the residents and staff of The Landmark Center that all who are graduating this spring have a blessed future.

June Blood Pressure locations and times: June 2, Meadows of Dan Seniors, Meadows of Dan Community Center, blood pressures and Bingo-11-12 am. June 5, Lowe’s Foods in Stuart-11 am -1 pm. June 8, Patrick County Seniors, Rotary Field in Stuart-10:30-11 am. June 9, Farmer’s Market in Stuart-8-12 am. June 12, Ararat Seniors, Friendship Mission Church-blood pressures and Bingo-10:30-11:30 am.  June 13, Stuart Seniors, Step Building, blood pressures and Bingo-10:30-11:30 am.

The next Operation Homefront meeting will be on June 6, 2017, 9:00-10:00, in the living room at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States you are invited to attend this meeting. For more information, call Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. These meeting are sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org  Refreshments are provided.

Join the Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting on June 27, 12:00 noon, at the Landmark Center. For more information, call The Landmark Center at (276) 693-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. These meetings are sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided.

    If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center stop by and fill out an application in the front office.

Until next time, see you at Landmark.

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection

This is a very busy week for our residents as they celebrate “National Nursing Home Week”. It started with a Mother’s Day Tea. We invited family members to come in and celebrate Mother’s Day with us and we crowned our “Mothers of the Year”. Each year staff members vote for Mothers of the Year, one from each floor. This year’s winners were Illa Hall, Susan Freeman and Thelma Wilson. Each one of our mothers received a tiara, a dozen red roses and a certificate of “Mother of the Year”. We always keep it a surprise from our residents and we invite their family members to share in this event.  All our mothers are special, that way we have the tea to celebrate each one of our mothers and all they have given to us throughout our life time.  Our mothers have a special place in our hearts and they always will!

On Monday, the activity staff decorated the recreation room with stars and stripes for National Nursing Home Week. The theme this year is “Sprit of America”. We also decorated our nursing stations with flag banners. That morning, our residents and staff members shared their talent. Illa Hall shared her quilt making with the residents. Odessa Ousley played her harmonica to “Sweet By and Bye. Sue Forest accompanied her on the piano and they played it again with the residents singing alone. Nannie Biggs showed one of her puzzles that she had worked. Margaret Bocock shared her card making skills. Peggy Yeatts and Mabel Stowe showed their crocheting items they are working on and had finished. Residents Rachel Kelly, Kathleen Olson, and Angie Costanzo showed their dancing skills. We had a lot of fun and the residents had a good time sharing their talent with the rest of the resident. Staff members Francine Jones performed for our residents. She dressed up like Dianna Ross and sung “Stop in the Name of Love”.  The residents really enjoy Francine and her talent! At the end of the program, all residents and staff members participated in the “Chicken Dance”. That was a lot of fun!  Jennie Gregory and friends performed karaoke for the residents, which many sang along with them. Later that night David Via came to perform with a little bluegrass and county music.

Tuesday, some of our residents enjoyed a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They got to stop at Mabry’s Mill and have their picture taken.  The veterans of Blue Ridge were honored with snacks and patriotic music performed by Sue Forrest. We are blessed with having twenty six veterans at Blue Ridge. Each veteran was given a flag, a patriotic hat, and a flag button. We are so thankful and blessed to have these men in our lives. Each one is a hero; they scarified so much for our freedom.  That afternoon, the resident had fun playing bingo. This is one of their favorite games. They look forward each week to win a prize off the Bingo cart. Our Bingo cart is stocked with donation items such as personal hygiene items, puzzle books, coloring books, caps, jewelry and snacks.  That night the Mountain View singers performed for the residents.

Wednesday, the residents had their weekly church service in the recreation room. We are so thankful for the Patrick County Ministerial Association. These ministers take time out of their schedules to come and take care of our resident’s spiritual needs each week.  We are also blessed with the Patrick County Retired Teachers Association for coming once a month and performing for the residents.

Thursday, some of the residents enjoyed having a picnic at Fairystone Park.  Each year we try to take our residents on a picnic and share their memories of camping out, fishing, and going to the park with their children to swim or going boating.  We always have a good time, and the food seems to taste better when you it eat outside.  That afternoon we honored our individual volunteers with an afternoon tea. We are so blessed with having a wonderful group of volunteers who love to give their time and share their talent with our residents. We can’t thank all of our volunteers enough for what they do for our residents and the activities department.

Friday, as our celebration winding down, we are having foods from different cultures; Italian, Irish, Mexican, African, and Chinese. We like to give our residents a variety of food from all over the world, which they have never tried. During this activity, the residents talk about the origin of the food, their taste and if they enjoyed it and would eat it again.  We end our week of activities with having some  watermelon. We love having watermelon for our residents during the hot days of summer!

We are now working on our in-house vacation week, which we will be in August. We have to get our supplies in and research done on the places we want to visit.  We always try to make it a learning experience for our residents and a fun one!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director