Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge had a wonderful Easter. They enjoyed seeing all the community children come to their Easter Egg Hunt. The residents love having the children come into their home to visit and to have fun. They enjoyed playing the bells for the event and many of the visitors talked about how well they played. Our residents take pride in playing the bells for their visitors.  This year we had something different, we invited our guest to come inside to participate in an Easter parade down the hallways to the Gazebo where they were served refreshments. The residents made hats for the children to wear which was made from paper plates and paper bowls. They really did an excellent job on them and the children along with their parents loved them. Also this year, we had three Easter bunnies walking around having their pictures taken with the children. We estimated that we had around 300 people to attend the hunt. We look forward to next year’s hunt, and we might have to increase the amount of eggs we have to go along with the number of children we are having!

    The residents enjoyed a meal at Golden Corral last week. This is one of our favorite places to eat.  The residents put down their names on the list a month ahead for this trip. Many times we have a list carried over to the next trip because so many residents want to go to Golden Corral to eat. We will be going to Elizabeth’s Pizza this week and a ride around the county. Next month we are planning a visit to Mabry’s Mill. We have been looking forward to returning to the parkway for a good meal and being able to see beautiful scenery on our way up and back down the mountain.

    We are working on honoring our volunteers on April 27th during National Volunteer Week. We can’t thank these people enough for all they do for our activities programs and our residents. They give so much of themselves to other and they don’t ask for anything in return. They are special people and my God bless each one of them for their giving hearts!

Dee Dee Via
Activties Director

Landmark Activites

Landmark residents welcomed community guests to the April 6, 2017, Rook Tournament at The Landmark Center. Charlotte Eggleston, resident, was the big winner of the tournament; other winners were Shirley Rae and Jim Saunders. Each winner received an Easter Bunny filled with candy. Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, and Daniel Quesenberry, Assistant Activity Director, coordinated this event. Refreshments were provided by Landmark Catering and the Dietary Staff. If you enjoy playing Rook we invite you to join us for the next Rook Tournament on June 1, 2017. For more information contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    Also, on April 6, children from the Patrick Springs STEP program joined Landmark residents for an Easter egg hunt. Although the weather did not cooperate for the planned outside egg hunt the children and residents had a lot of fun hiding and hunting the eggs inside The Landmark Center. Thank you to everyone from the STEP Program for being our guests at Landmark. After dinner on this busy day, residents were inspired with beautiful hymns performed by the Community Easter Choir.  

    April 1, residents were inspired by the words of volunteer, Pastor Dave Boarman.

    Sunday afternoon, April 2, residents and guests celebrated National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day with delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    Residents always look forward to the monthly Square Dance activity. Volunteers are one of the most important assets to every activity department. We appreciate each of you for sharing your time and talents with us here at The Landmark Center.

    The Operation Homefront meeting was held at Landmark, Tuesday, April 4. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, you are invited to join Landmark residents the first Tuesday of each month, 9:00-10:00 am, in the living room. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org  The next meeting will be held May 2, 2017. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. Refreshments will be provided.

    Bus trips include local shopping, April 4, a seafood lunch in Martinsville April 11, and Stuart Baptist Church for the program, The Last Supper, on April 13.

    The Art Fusion Discussion Group met at The Landmark Center on Tuesday, April 11. This meeting is led by Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, and Becky Turner, volunteer, from Reynolds Homestead.  Beth shared with the residents’ memories, stories, and poems from Easters past. As usual, residents had a great time. After dinner, residents relaxed to gospel music provided by the Mountain View Singers.

    Landmark residents attended an Easter Party in the afternoon of April 13. Refreshments were provided by the Landmark Dietary staff. After dinner, the group Almost There entertained the residents with inspiring Gospel music.

    The “Hold Your Hand” Family Education Series met on April 13 at The Landmark Center. Lois Barbour, RN, was the guest speaker. For more information contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC (276) 694-7161 or Melinda Collins at TLC (276) 694-3050. Light refreshments were provided.

    “Practical Strategies in Dementia Care” a workshop for caregivers, will be Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, at The Landmark Center. Doors will open at 8:30 am with registration. For additional information about the workshop, guests speakers, and the Landmark Center, or to register online, visit landmarkassistedliving.com To register by phone, call (276) 694-3050.There is no charge for attending; however, registration is needed for lunch.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be Tuesday, April 25, 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, you can call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be served.

    The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection will honor group volunteers on April 27, 2017, with an appreciation dinner. If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center stop by and fill out an application!

    Until next time – see you at the Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge are getting ready for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place on April 15th at 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. We will be having two different hunts with the ages of 1-5 years old starting at 10:30 and ages 6-12 years starting at 11:15.  The residents will be stuffing over 3000 eggs for this event. We will also be having the bouncy house the children can play in while waiting for their age group egg hunt. Peter Rabbit will be at the event for you to have your pictures taken with him. Our residents have been practicing their hand bells so they will be able to perform for the Easter Egg Hunt. They are also working on Easter crafts so they can be on display during the holiday.  

    The residents enjoyed going to the Wal-Mart shopping this past week. They enjoyed shopping for new spring clothes, snacks, and Easter gifts for loved ones. Staff members have fun helping the residents look for clothes and other personal items. Some of the residents shopped for new Easter outfits to go out to their church services with family members on Easter Sunday.  The residents also had a wonderful time at Captain Tom’s Seafood in Martinsville. It’s been a long time since we have been to Captain Tom’s and many of our new residents asked to go there. They talked about when they were home how they would go out to eat with their family members to Captain Tom’s and how much they enjoyed the food. Residents and staff members had a full belly on their way back to the Center. We all enjoyed the food!

    We are working on National Volunteer Week which is the week of April 23-29th. During this week, we like to honor our group volunteers with a meal at the Landmark Center which will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to spending time with our volunteers and being able to honor them for all they do for our activities programs and for our residents. We are also working on many community events which will be held later this year for the community to enjoy, such as another “Splish-Splash” event for the summer! We look forward to seeing you at all our events!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

 

Landmark Activities

Landmark residents, guests, and staff celebrated March birthdays and Saint Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17, with a party. Vernon Harris and Shelly Roberts entertained everyone as they enjoyed green birthday cake, green ice cream, and green punch. Birthday gifts were donated by team member Lakin Rogers, Executive Assistant. Residents and staff were encouraged to wear green to the party.

    New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center, March 16. Refreshments were provided by Landmark Catering and the dietary staff.

    The Landmark Activity Department is pleased to welcome two new team members to the Activity staff. Jill Hairston, LPN and Memory Care Coordinator, and Micha Mordue, activity assistant. We are looking forward to working with you!

    March 19 – 25 was American Chocolate Week and throughout the week residents were treated to brownies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pound cake, chocolate milk shakes, chocolate cookies, chocolate covered raisins, and M&Ms. Thank you to all of the residents who participated in these activities.

    Residents traveled to Mount Airy, NC, March 21, and enjoyed pizza for lunch. March 23, the destination was Ridgeway. Other bus trips included lunch at the local Mexican restaurant March 28, and local shopping March 30.

    Cosmetology students from Patrick County High School provided manicures for Landmark residents, March 28. Residents always look forward to visiting with the students each month.

    Evening entertainment at The Landmark Center has included the Chords of Faith and Sue Nester.

    Join the Landmark residents April 6, for the next Community Rook Tournament. Registration begins at 1:30 pm, in the dining room, with the tournament starting at 2:00 pm. For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The final class in the Balanced Living with Diabetes Series will be held April 6, at the Patrick Henry Community College, Stuart site. Seating is limited! Call to register at (276) 694-3341.

    Students from the Patrick Springs STEP program will be joining us on April 6, 10:00 am, for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Landmark Courtyard. After dinner, 7-8 pm, in the living room, residents will be entertained by the Community Easter Choir and the group, Two Old and Two Young.

   

April Blood Pressure Dates and Locations:

  • Monday, April 03: Lowes, 11am-1pm

  • Monday, April 10; Ararat Seniors-10:30 am, Friendship Church

  • Tuesday, April 11: Step Seniors-10:30 am, Step Building, Stuart

  • Thursday, April 13: Patrick County Seniors-10:30 am, Rotary Building, Stuart

  • Friday, April 14: Meadows of Dan Seniors-11 am, Community Building,

Meadows of Dan

Join us for the next “Hold Your Hand” Family Education Series, meeting on April 13,

6-7 pm, at The Landmark Center, in the Multipurpose Room. This series will cover a variety of topics which affects families and caregivers who are currently caring for a Senior citizen. This month, Lois Barbour, RN, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC (276) 694-7161 or Melinda Collins at TLC (276) 694-3050. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Community is invited to join Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center, for the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 15, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am until noon. In addition to over 3000 hidden eggs we will also have a Bouncy House, food, music, prizes, and the Easter Bunny. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4501.

The Landmark Center is hosting a Practical Strategies in Dementia Care Workshop, Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. Doors will open at 8:00 am. Throughout the day there will be a number of guest speakers discussing a variety of topics. To register your seat, please register by April 17. To register by phone, call (276) 694-3050. The workshop is free however registration is needed for lunch. For additional information about the workshop, guest speakers, and The Landmark Center, or to register online, visit: landmarkassistedlivingcenter.com

The April Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center, April 25, at 12:00 noon, in the Multipurpose room. For more information, you can call The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. The program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

If you would like to become a volunteer, stop by The Landmark Center for an application!

Until next time – see you at the Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

The Landmark Memory Care Neighborhood OPENS!

The Landmark Center is happy to announce the opening of the Landmark Memory Care Neighborhood! The ability to offer this much needed service to those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia is greatly needed in Patrick and surrounding counties.
According to the Alzheimer's Association data, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease and it is expected that this number could rise has high as 16 million by 2050. This means that every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.
By Landmark offering this much needed service, we are now able to offer a safe and secure environment for our Residents to live while continuing to receive the loving, compassionate care that Landmark has offered for over 20 years.
Our staff has underwent numerous hours of dementia specific training in the months leading up to today in preparation for this opportunity to serve Patrick County.
For more information, please contact us at 276-694-3050.

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

It’s hard to believe that time goes by so fast! It just seems that we got over Christmas and now we will be celebrating Easter here at Blue Ridge on April 15th with our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The residents of Blue Ridge and The Landmark Center look forward to seeing all the community children come in to find all the eggs that the residents spent hours on stuffing! They love seeing them get the eggs up and watching them enjoy themselves. We will be having at least 3000 eggs in our hunt. There will be two different age groups in the hunts and each hunt will have 1500 eggs each. It seems each year the hunt gets larger and we might have to have more eggs for the growing crowd. This is one of our favorite community events for our residents to participate in. They enjoy playing the bells for the community and being able to visit with the children and show off their crafts.

    During the month of April, before Easter, the residents well be getting ready for the event. They will be busy coloring eggs, stuffing eggs, decorating their Easter bonnet and doing other fun activities related to Easter. We like the residents to do crafts that will decorate the dining room tables and have their arts/crafts on display for our visitor to see. Each year, we like to look for different ways to color Easter Eggs and different snacks to have during these activities. We have some good snacks planned with the use of Peep’s.  

    The residents have been having a good time planning their bus trips this month for April. We will be going to many restaurants and we will start going back to Tin Pin Alley.  Many of the residents we have taken to the bowling alley have never bowled in their life, so this is sometimes a new experience for them and they have so much fun! We also like to have us a snack after we have played our games.  Ha, bowling is hard work, its exercise! We have to treat ourselves!

    We look forward to see you at our Easter Egg Hunt and other events we have planned for the year!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

 

Landmark Activities

Friday, March 3, 2017, residents and staff were urged to dress in blue and unite for a future free of colon cancer.

    Residents welcomed Pastor Dave Boarman Saturday morning, March 4, and the Wayside Singers, Sunday afternoon, March 5. We are very blessed to have so many faithful volunteers.

    The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held March 7 at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, you are invited to join us at The Landmark Center, 227 Landmark Drive, Stuart, VA, the first Tuesday of the month, 9-10 am. The next meeting will be April 4, 2017. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Refreshments will be provided.

    The Dietary Department invited residents and staff to a food show March 8, in the dining room. Johnathan Stanfield, Assistant Dietary Manager, along with the dietary staff, prepared an assortment of new foods for everyone to taste; some of which may be added to the menus.

    Local artists joined Ursula Allen, March 9, for the Community Art Class. Volunteers assisted the residents in creating a St. Patrick’s Day Card and drawing a colorful spring picture. The group, “Two Hands,” joined Landmark residents March 11 for crafts and fun.

    Bus trips have included a local shopping trip and breakfast on Thursday morning, March 9. Residents also ate lunch out at a local restaurant and traveled to the Patrick County Library for an Adult Coloring Class.

    The Landmark Cooking Club, led by volunteer, Helen Cowley, have been preparing dishes with a touch of green which included, Watergate Salad, Green Grape Salad, and Green Apple Candy Pie. The best part of this activity is the taste test which all recipes have passed with flying colors.

    The “Hold Your Hand” Family Education Series meets the second Thursday evening of each month, 6-7 pm, in the former Physical Therapy room at The Landmark Center. This series covers a variety of topics which affects families and caregivers who are currently caring for a Senior Citizen. For more information, contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC (276) 694-7161 or Melinda Collins at TLC (276) 694-3050. Light refreshments will be served.

    There will be an Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on March 28, 2017, 12 noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information, you can call The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

    The community is invited to join the Landmark residents, April 6, 2017, 1:30-4:00 pm, in the Landmark dining room, for the next Community Rook Tournament. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The Balanced Living with Diabetes Series continues on April 6, 4:30-7:00 pm, at the Stuart Site of Patrick henry Community College. Seating is limited. Call (276) 694-3341 to register.

    Special thanks to our evening entertainment: Mike Hall, Patrick Springs Church of God of Prophesy, Almost There, Roger Wells, Mountain View, and Abiding Grace Youth, Game Night. If you would like to become a volunteer call (276) 694-4514 for more information.

    Until next time – see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Spring is just around the corner! This winter hasn’t been so bad. We have had a few cold weeks, but for the most part, we’ve had a warm winter.  It’s hard to believe winter is almost over and Spring will be marching in. I really don’t think that the residents of Blue Ridge have gotten cabin fever this winter, because on the really warm days, we took them outside for fresh air.  With Spring around the corner, we will be planning more activities for the patio. We love being able to get the residents outside in the sunshine and letting them get fresh air. We also like to play games and have small group activities on the patio. With the change in the weather, we will be starting our Greenhouse up for another year of planting. The residents really enjoy getting their hands in the dirt and seeing their seeds grow.

    This past week, we went shopping at Wal-Mart took some of our new residents. They really enjoyed being out in the community and being able to shop for themselves. Some of our residents aren’t from Patrick County or the surrounding counties. They are from another state or other parts of Virginia. We like to get them out and about so they can see our county and make new friends in the center. Bus trips are a good way of getting residents to know other residents on different floors. We also went to Golden Corral for lunch on March 9th. This is one of our resident’s favorite restaurants and when they see it on the calendar; they let you know fast they want on the trip.

    We are working on our annual Easter Egg Hunt which is planned for Saturday, April 15th at 10:00am-12:00 noon at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and the Landmark Center. We will be inviting the community children to this event and we look forward to seeing you there! More information to come in the next few weeks!

    If you are interested in volunteering your time or talent please call Dee Dee Via at 276-6947161 ext. 1804. We would love having you join our Blue Ridge family !

Dee Dee Via
Acitivites Director

 

Landmark Activities

Landmark residents, guests, and staff celebrated February birthday on February 17, 2017. Vernon Harris and Shelly Roberts provided Southern Gospel music as everyone enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch provided by Landmark Catering and the dietary staff. The birthday gifts were donated by Hill’s Grove Baptist Church.

    Residents and guests were served cherry cobbler and ice cream Sunday afternoon, February 19. Friday, February 24, residents were treated to homemade French Fries in observance of French Fry Friday. Many commented, “This brings back memories from the past of just how good French Fries used to be!” The residents enjoyed one last February treat on February 27; Strawberry ice cream floats. Just mix strawberry soda and vanilla ice cream; it is delicious!

    Residents have traveled to a variety of locations on the bus trips. Tuesday, February 21, they ate lunch at the local Mexican restaurant and shopped in Stuart on the 23rd. The destination was Bassett Forks on February 28 for lunch and shopping, and a ride up Floyd Mountain on March 2 to purchase delicious treats. With the early spring temperatures residents have enjoyed the beautiful scenery while on their trips.

    Thank you to those who have provided entertainment at The Landmark Center these past two weeks: Sue Nester, Community Primitive Baptist Church members, Two Old and Two Young, and Jackie Belcher.

    Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, led the game, “Name That Tune,” February 23. Residents are given a prize each time they can correctly name the tune; they always have a great time playing this game. Thank you to Jim and Ellen for sharing your time and many talents with the residents.

    Jonathan Stanfield, Assistant Dietary Manger, has joined the Landmark Team! Welcome to The Landmark Center.

    An Operation Homefront meeting was held at The Landmark Center, March 7. These meetings honor and support Veterans and family members at Landmark and throughout the county. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided.

    March blood pressure dates and locations are as follows: Thursday, March 9, 10:30 am – Patrick County Seniors at the John D. Hooker Building. Monday, March 13, 10:30 am at the Friends Mission Church in Ararat and Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 am – STEP.

    The “Hold Your Hand” Family Education Series continues on March 9, 6-7 pm, at The Landmark Center, in the former Physical Therapy room. This series covers a variety of topics which affects families and caregivers who are currently caring for a Senior Citizen. The guest speaker this month will be Tammy Kruse, RT, presenting a program on Respiratory Health in the Elderly. For more information, contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC (276) 7161 or Melinda Collins at TLC (276) 694-3050. Light refreshments will be provided.

    The March Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be at The Landmark Center on March 28, 2017. The meeting will begin at noon with a light lunch being provided. For more information, you can call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050 or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

    The “Balanced Living with Diabetes Series” continues with meetings on March 16 and April 6, 4:30-7:00 pm, at the Stuart site of Patrick Henry Community College. This is a free series and seating is limited, so register as soon as possible by calling (276) 694-3341.

    The next Community Rook Tournament will be April 6, 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Landmark Dining room. Refreshments will be provided. Call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext.4514.

    Don’t forget to spring forward! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March12 at 2:00 am; don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

    If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center drop by or call (276) 694-3050.

    Until next time – see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

     Blue Ridge residents have been having a great time with all the days to celebrate in February! Each year, the staff members and visitors vote for Valentine’s Day “King and Queen” from each floor. This year’s winners were Franklin Rose and Annie Alley on 1st floor. 2nd floor winners were Bob Peacock and Agatha Tolbert. West Wings winners were Curtis Young and Willie Smith. Each Queen was given a tiara, a box of chocolate, a dozen red roses and a certificate. Our Kings received a crown, a certificate and a box of chocolate. We are so proud of our winners. During the Valentine’s Day Party, many family members came to see their loved one crowned and be part of the celebration.

    The residents were excited to go to a new restaurant this past week.  As we are on some of our bus trips, we see other places we would like to try out. While we have been on some trips in Mt. Airy, we noticed the Asian House. That’s when some of our residents said they wanted to go and give it a try. They enjoy trying new things and different kinds of food. On our way back from a bus trip to a new restaurant, the” Food Critics” go to work. We asked if what they ordered was good, what were their thoughts about the service; was the place clean and if they wanted to come back to this restaurant. We have a good time getting their input on their bus trips and the places they like to go to!

    Next week the residents will be celebrating “Mardi Gras”. This is always one of the resident’s favorite days to celebrate. We will be having beads, masks, feathers and some New Orleans foods. We will also be finding out fun facts about the Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans and the people that live there.

    We are currently working on our calendar for March. If you or your group would like to volunteer your time, please call me,  Dee Dee Via, at 276-694-7161 ext 1804. We would love to put you on our calendar!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director