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

Landmark Activities

Please join us on May 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm, and be a part of the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Landmark Memory Care Neighborhood and meet some of our new staff. For more information, call (276) 694-3050.

 Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center honored their group volunteers Thursday evening, April 27, 2017, during National Volunteer Week. President/CEO, Victor Williams, welcomed the guests and shared much they are appreciated for everything they do for our residents. The volunteers were served barbeque, baked beans, potato salad, and slaw. Guests could choose from a variety of desserts. Each volunteer received a certificate of appreciation and a gift. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with our residents. We will be honoring our individual volunteers at a later date.

Residents welcomed Bobby Nance and members of Mayo Christian Church, Friday evening, April 28. Residents were treated to homemade ice cream, and enjoyed playing games with their guests.

April 30, residents, family members, and guests were served carrot cake in celebration of Bugs Bunny’s 79th Birthday. The homemade carrot cake and punch were provided by Landmark Catering and the Dietary Staff.

The group, The Over the Hill Gang, was joined by local square dancers Monday night, May 1, for the monthly Square Dance. Residents love this activity and often join the dancers on the floor. This group has been volunteering at The Landmark Center for many years and have always been a big hit with both residents and their guests.

Tuesday, May 2, was a very busy day at The Landmark Center beginning at 9:00 am with the monthly Operation Homefront meeting. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join us the first Tuesday of the month to connect, recognize, and support our local heroes. This month residents attending created an American Flag using strips of red, white, and blue material. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Refreshments are provided. Residents also welcomed local volunteers which come monthly for a Sew & Mend Day. We appreciate those who take time out of a busy day to assist in providing for resident needs.

Students from the Patrick County High School Senior Cosmetology class joined Landmark residents for their final visit this school year for Spa Day, May 2. During the year residents and students become friends so they will certainly be missed. We wish these young ladies the best in their future.

Bus trips have included a trip to Mount Airy for fried chicken, May 2, and lunch in Floyd, May 9, which also included shopping for goodies at the bread store. Residents also ate breakfast at a local restaurant in Stuart on May 11.

May 4, residents attended a Spelling Bee, resident, Georgia Goard, was the winner of the game, receiving Landmark Store Coupons to purchase items from the “Country Store.” In the evening, residents enjoyed music by Charles Bowman. Mr. Bowman performs a wide variety of tunes which include country, gospel, and “just plain silly songs.” He puts a big smile on the resident’s faces!

Residents attended a Cinco de Mayo party on May 5 in the dining room. The room was decorated with bright colors, setting the stage for an exciting party. Ice cream was served and afterwards they took turns whacking a Piñata filled with candy. After several attempts the Piñata finally gave up and shared the candy with the residents. After dinner, residents relaxed in the living room, to beautiful gospel music performed by Mike Hall.

May 7-13 was National Raisin Week and residents and guests were treated to Oatmeal Raisin cookies in the afternoon.

Tuesday, May 9, Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, and Becky Turner, volunteer, from Reynolds Homestead, led the Art Fusion Discussion Meeting at the Landmark Center. Beth shared with the residents about the Rev. Bob Childress, the six Rock Churches he built using Native stone, and how they were made famous by the book, “The Man Who Moved a Mountain.” The residents enjoyed the meeting very much.

May 9 is Coca-Cola’s birthday (1886). In celebration, residents enjoyed Coke Floats in an authentic Coke glass. Did you know when Coca-Cola was invented it was used for medicinal purposes; now we just like to mix it with vanilla ice cream and enjoy. In the evening, after a busy day, residents relaxed to gospel music performed by the Mountain View Singers before going to bed.

Members from the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church shared uplifting gospel music Wednesday evening, May 10, at The Landmark Center. They also played Hand Bells for the residents.

The BIG Greenhouse has plants for sale. It is located between The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4501.  

The next Community Rook Tournament will be held June 1, 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the dining room.

The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be May 23, beginning at noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information, call (276) 694-3050 or (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.

Residents and staff of The Landmark Center would like to congratulate each and every graduate and wish you the very best of luck in the future; especially Mr. Will Taylor who is part of the Activities Team at The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge enjoyed having a sing along with Sycamore Singers on May 4th. The Sycamore Singers have been volunteering at Blue Ridge for many years.  They come once a month and the resident look forward to having them come into their home. The residents enjoy visiting with the members and singing many of their favorite hymns that they grew up on.  

    Blue Ridge and The Landmark Center held a volunteer banquet on April the 25th honoring our group volunteers. We are truly blessed with some many wonderful and talented people in Patrick County.  We can never thank these groups of people enough for volunteering their time and talent. Just this year, we have had to say good-bye to some of our groups due to them having health problems. We would like to thank the Pleasant View Singers and Ronnie Trent and Friends for their many years of service to Blue Ridge and the Landmark Center. We truly will miss having you come into the Centers to perform for our residents and will miss visiting with you. We want to thank you all for your years of volunteering.  

    We have been working on National Nursing Home Week which is celebrated May 14th-20th this year. We look forward to celebrating the theme, Sprit of America. We have planned to honor our veterans, visiting the different cultures of the residents, discovering the resident’s talents, honoring our individual volunteers, and going on a picnic. We will also enjoy some musical entertainment, have watermelon and go on our bus trips during the week.  We will start the week out with honoring our mothers with a Mother’s Day Tea which will be held on Mother’s Day, May 14th. We will be crowning our “Mothers of the Year” during the tea. Each year staff members vote for our Mothers of the Year. This is a special day for our mothers and we look forward to being able to share their special day with them.

    Our residents are glad that Mabry Mill is open for the season. We have a bus trip planned for May 25th to go for a ride on the parkway and have lunch there. This is one of our favorite places to have lunch. The scenery is beautiful and the food is delicious. During our travels on the road we have seen some beautiful places in Patrick County. Many of the roads we go on, we to have never been down before. So it is an adventure for the staff, too.  We look forward to you seeing on the road!

    IF you would like to volunteer or entertain our residents, please call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161, ext. 1804. We would love to put you on our calendar and have you as a volunteer.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

Thursday, April 13, residents welcomed local community artist to The Landmark Center for the Community Art Class. Residents were assisted in covering flower pots with a collage of beautiful spring flowers which they cut from magazines. Residents always enjoy this activity and now they have a beautiful pot in which they can plant a flower from the Greenhouse in to enjoy in their rooms. After lunch, residents were entertained by the group, Collinsville Country in the living room. Residents were then invited to an Easter Party were they enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Landmark Catering and the dietary staff. In the evening residents were uplifted by gospel music by Almost There.

    Pastor Norman Biggs led a Good Friday Communion Service on April 14. Bread and grape juice were given to the residents in reference to the broken body and shed blood of Jesus for our sins. We appreciate the service of all of the ministers who share their time and talents to inspire our residents. In the evening, Roger Wells entertained the residents with beautiful southern Gospel music.

    Community children and parents attended the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Saturday, April 15. In addition to the big egg hunt, the children were treated to a visit with the Easter Bunny, an Easter Parade through Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, which led to decorated cookies and punch, a bouncy house, and candy filled eggs. The staff of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center, along with the children, always look forward to this event.

    Monday, April 17, was National Cheeseball Day; residents celebrated the day with a delicious cheeseball and crackers provided by the Landmark dietary staff.

    Residents traveled to the local Mexican restaurant for lunch, Tuesday, April 18. Thursday, April 20, they attended an Adult Coloring Class at the local library. April 25, residents went to a local restaurant for a Frosty. They enjoyed breakfast out locally on Thursday morning.

    Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf led a resident sing-a-long on Friday morning, April 21. Mr. Purcell plays the guitar and residents join in and sing tunes from long ago. He also shares the history of many of the selections he plays. Residents often reminiscence about many of the songs played. In the afternoon, residents and guests celebrated the April birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday gifts were donated by Brenda Howard. After dinner entertainment was provided by Chords of Faith.

    A new activity added this month is provided by a group from Harvest Worship Center. Members from the church come and share their time and faith with the residents of The Landmark Center by reading scripture and prayer. They also bring gifts to the residents which are made at Children’s Church. We appreciate all of our volunteers for everything you do.

    Other volunteers include Sue Nester and the Youth Group from Abiding Grace Church.

    The BIG Greenhouse is now open! The greenhouse is located between The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information call (276) 694-3050.

The next Community Rook Tournament will be held on June 1st. Make plans to attend! For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    May blood pressure locations and times: May 05: Meadows of Dan Seniors BP & education, Community Center, 11am-12 noon. May 11: Patrick County Seniors BP, Rotary Field, 10:30-11am. May 15: Ararat Seniors BP & education, Friends Mission Church, 10:30-11:30am. May 16: Step Seniors BP & education, Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:30am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held May 23, 2017, at The Landmark Center in the multipurpose room. The meeting will begin at noon and a light lunch will be provided. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050.

    Join us at The Landmark Center on May 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm, for the Grand Opening of the new Memory Care Neighborhood. For more information, call (276) 694-3050.

    Until next time – see you at the Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

 

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