Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Since the New Year, the weather and been unbearable. This has been a topic our residents have been discussing with staff and with one another for the past week. We have canceled one of our bus trips due to the colder temperatures.  We are thankful for the warmer temperatures so we can take our residents out on their trips. They look forward to get out and go on the trips. Many times when we go shopping or out to eat, family members will meet their loved one so they can spend time together. We encourage our family members to participate in our activities with their resident.

    We have already started working on our February calendar and we will be having a full week of celebrating Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and the Chinese New Year.  Each year, the staff and visitors vote for Valentine’s Day King and Queen from each floor. We keep it a surprise and call their family members to let them know they won, to invite them in for the celebration. During Mardi Gras, we will be having foods from New Orleans for our residents to enjoy and the history about Mari Gras. During our Chinese New Year celebration, we will be having Chinese food.  We will be learning the Chinese zodiac, their culture, and tasting different kinds of foods from China. The following week, we will be having activities to celebrate the Winter Olympics. We will be having games gear to the Olympic with modifications for our residents and celebrations for the winners of the games. During the Summer Olympics our residents had a good time and they enjoyed the games with the Landmark Center residents.

    We are always looking and trying to find different kinds of activities for our residents. They really enjoy playing games, learning different things,  and trying foods they are accustomed to having. When we have these weeks of different kinds of activities, we will try to have our bus trips to places to eat to go along with our celebrations. We also will have arts/crafts or games, music, and movies to integrate with the theme.  This way, they might not get to go to the place, but they will be able to enjoy some of the culture and things they enjoy! Sometimes we get with dietary and our meals go along with the theme.  These weeks are also fun for the staff too. We try to integrate them in the themes by having dress down days and snacks for the staff!

    If you are interested in performing or visiting with our residents, please call and we would love to put you on our calendar. Call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804.

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

Christmas is a busy time of the year and The Landmark Center is no exception.  Residents welcome Christmas carolers from local churches, students from Trinity Christian School, and the Community Christmas Choir. They also enjoyed carols performed by Mike Hall, Sue Nester, Chords of Faith, the Mountain View Singers, and youth from Abiding Grace Church. Special thanks to employees from the local Walmart for remembering our residents at this special time of the year.

    Residents and their families were honored with a special dinner at The Landmark Center, December 9, 2017. Family members joined their resident for a delicious dinner and music, provided by Judy and Ralph.

Taking bus trips are always fun and residents have been on the go traveling to various locations in and around Patrick County. Bus trips include, Floyd on December 14 to shop for homemade bread, lunch in Mount Airy, December 19, a ride-a-bout to view the Christmas lights, December 21, and eating breakfast locally on December 26. January 2, 2018, residents enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant and shopping on January 4.

Wednesday, December 20, the Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC, along with Santa and his Elf, celebrated Christmas with Landmark residents. Each resident received a gift from Santa and delicious refreshments were provided by the Alzheimer’s Group. Santa’s Elf led the residents in singing carols including the Twelve Days of Christmas. We would like to thank this busy group for the party and all the hard work they do throughout the year to raise money to provided items for local Alzheimer’s patients. The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting at The Landmark Center will be January 23, 2018, beginning at noon. 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, ext. 4501. A light lunch will be provided.

Providence UMC provided the resident birthday gifts for the monthly birthday party on December 15. Residents and guest were served cake, ice cream, and punch.

Children from the community were invited to breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa December 16. The children were served hot cocoa and doughnuts and shared with the Clauses their wish list for Christmas, December 2017.

Thursday, December 21, residents welcomed Jim and Ellen Saunders for a special time of music and refreshments.

Landmark residents were treated to their very own Christmas party on Friday evening, December 22. Everyone was encouraged to wear red to the party; they enjoyed music and refreshments.

December 28, residents were invited to Winter Games. It was at this time several of us realized we did not know how to cut out a snowflake.  We all laughed at each other’s attempts and made a huge mess with each snowflake attempt. Finally, Daniel asked Google how to cut out a snowflake; they looked a little better, still not perfect. Other games included how many marshmallows can you stack in a tablespoon, who could draw the best snowman, and a snowball fight, using marshmallows. Thank you to the housekeeping staff for cleaning up our mess.

New Comers were welcomed to The Landmark Center, December 29, with brunch. Those attending warmed up with coffee and Danishes. Residents said good-by to 2017, and welcomed 2018, on December 31, with a New Year’s Eve party. All of us from The Landmark Center would like to wish everyone a very happy and blessed new year.

Residents and the community were invited to the monthly Operation Homefront meeting, January 2, at The Landmark Center. Anyone who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America is invited to attend. For more information, call Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org.

January blood pressure locations and times are as follows: 1/5 Meadows of Dan Seniors, 11-12 noon, at the Meadows of Dan Community Center. 1/11 Patrick County Seniors, 10:30-11 am, at the Rotary Building in Stuart. 1/16 Step Seniors, 10:30-11am, Step in Stuart. 1/18 Ararat Seniors, 10:30-11:30 am, at the Ararat Fellowship Church.

The community is invited to join us on February 1, 2018, for the next Community Rook Tournament, at The Landmark Center. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

If you would like to become a volunteer, stop by and fill out an application and join the fun!

Thank you to Hills Grove Baptist for the donation of treat bags to the residents.

Also, thank you to Miranda from Winston Salem, NC for the donation of Jigsaw Puzzles.

Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activites

The snow last week was beautiful. The residents would look out the windows and the patio doors watching the snow fall. They talked about how pretty the snow was and how it makes it seem like the Christmas season.  We talked about the last time we had a white Christmas and that we would love to have one this year.  The residents are getting ready for Santa to come for a visit on Saturday, December 16th for Christmas Family Afternoon.  We have invited family members to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. Each year we have our Blue Ridge Bell Choir to perform for their family members. They really enjoy playing for their family members and their families enjoy seeing their loved one perform.  

    This past week we went on a bus trip to Golden Corral in Mt. Airy.  Each month our Veterans pick a place where they want to go on their bus trip during their Veteran’s Club meeting.  They had a wonderful time at Golden Corral and on the bus trip up and back to the center. We laughed, picked on each other, and got to visit and learn a lot about each other and our families.  These guys are a great group of men and they are a joy to be around.

    During the past few weeks, we have been getting into the Christmas spirit with having activities. The residents got to make Christmas ornaments and cards that they sent to their loved ones. We also had food activities to help invoke memories of Christmas past. We had Gingerbread with lemon sauce and coffee. We will be decorating cookies, having hot chocolate, and spice cake. Many of these foods bring back memories and the residents enjoy having them again!

    Christmas is a time of the year that we should think of others who have less, those who are sick and the elderly. We have so many friends in and outside the Center. Many of the nearby churches are donating items for our resident’s stockings. We are truly blessed to have these churches and individuals, companies, and family members who adopt another resident for Christmas without them. We couldn’t provide a gift and a stocking for each resident to open on Christmas morning. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough for all you do for our residents year after year!

    The residents and staff at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection would like to wish you a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! “
 

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director 

Landmark Activities

Landmark residents celebrated Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Many gathered in the living room to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, continuing a family tradition. We have so much to be thankful for at The Landmark Center. This morning, as I work on this article in the arts and crafts room, listening to the group, One Accord, singing beautiful hymns and Christmas carols, I am very thankful for the freedom of worship and the peace it brings to the residents. Thank you to all our volunteers who share their time and talents throughout the year, here at The Landmark Center.

    Residents and staff are already busy with preparations to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas trees are dressed in bright colors and shining lights, the mantels adorn greenery, and Landmark residents participated in the local Christmas parade. Congratulations to those who created the Landmark float for the parade, which won the Grand Marshall Award.

    December 9, 2017, residents were joined by family members to celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas dinner. In addition, to a delicious meal shared together, they relaxed to music provided by Judy and Ralph. Thank you to Landmark Catering and the dietary staff for preparing the delicious meal and to everyone who helped make this time together possible.

    Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, led the game, Name That Tune, on November 30. Residents compete to see who can guess the name of the tune first and receive a prize. This activity is always a lot of fun!

    Bus trips have included a ride-about to Woolwine, November 28, and local shopping on the 30th and December 7th. Landmark residents traveled to Mount Airy, NC on December 5 and enjoyed pizza for lunch. Residents from the Memory Care Neighborhood viewed the Christmas lights on a ride-about, December 6th.

    Mike Hall entertained the residents after dinner on December 1, 2017. Saturday morning, Pastor Dave Boarman led the residents in worship. After lunch, residents welcomed friends from Harvest Worship Center for singing, scripture reading, and a time of prayer. Sunday afternoon, carolers from the Risen Lord Catholic Church went room to room and sang traditional Christmas Carols to the residents. Monday evening, The Over The Hill Gang provided music for the monthly Square Dance.

    The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held at The Landmark Center, December 5, 2017. The community is invited to join the Landmark residents the first Tuesday of each month, 9-10 am. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. The next meeting will be January 2, 2018. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Evening entertainment was provided by the group, FARM TEAM.

    Join us at The Landmark Center, December 16, 9-10 am, for breakfast with Santa. Children will have the chance to eat breakfast with Santa, have their picture taken with him, and even give their Christmas list to him personally. For more information, call (276) 694-3050.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held at The Landmark Center on December 26, 2017, at noon. For more information, call (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by the Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch is provided.

    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 Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge had a wonderful time making homemade Christmas cards with Dreamer Foley on November 29th.  Dreamer showed them how to put the cards together so our residents can send them to love ones during the holiday season. They really enjoyed being creative and expressing their crafty talent. Dreamer said she would come back around Valentine’s Day and they would make Valentine’s Day cards. Dreamer, thanks for sharing your talent with our residents!

    The residents are getting excited for the holiday season.  We have a lot of different entertainment coming in during the month of December. We have many activities planned for the residents to enjoy and to bring back memories of past Christmas. Many of our activities will have to do with their senses.  We plan on making pretzel houses instead of a ginger bread house. We are also having different kinds of foods, using different textures to make arts/crafts, and listening to different kinds of holiday music while we do these activities.

    During Christmas it gets very busy here at the Center. The resident love having family and friends in during the holidays. We will be inviting family members in on December 16th to help us celebrate Christmas and have refreshments. We will be having Santa for family and residents to have their picture taking with Santa. The Blue Ridge Bell Choir will be performing for our family members during this celebration.

    We have started something new this month; we will be taking just our veterans on an outing. This way they can spend time together and be able to fellowship over a meal. They decide where they want to go on their bus trip during their Veteran’s Club meetings. We have just started their club and they are enjoying quality time together while we serve them refreshments. Sometimes they talk about where they were stationed or about the war itself. Our Veteran chose Golden Corral for their first bus trip. They are looking forward to going and having a guy trip together.

    If you would like to share your talent with our residents, please call.  We would love to put you on our calendar. Just ask for Dee Dee at 276 (694-7161) ext. 1804.

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

“Hunger is always an issue in rural counties and Patrick County is no exception.”  This quote was taken from a recent article in the Enterprise about Landmark residents kicking off the “Bowl Fest” by making 14 bowls on October 12. On November 9, along with a local community artist, residents painted the bowls they created earlier for the “Bowl Fest” which is an international project to fight hunger. Landmark residents are excited to be a small part of this event.

     Landmark veterans and family members were honored with a pinning ceremony, provided by Mountain Valley Hospice, on November 9, 2017, at The Landmark Center. Veterans were also recognized during the Ribbon Cutting for the Grand Opening of the new Veterans Hall at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, Saturday, November 11.

Friday, November 10, residents welcomed a new entertainer, Ben Shirley, to The Landmark. We look forward to his return in December. After dinner, residents enjoyed beautiful Southern gospel music performed by Roger Wells.

Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, and Becki Turner, volunteer, both from Reynolds Homestead in Critz, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group, November 14, 2017. Beth shared with the residents’ and family members’ folklore and stories about various rocks discovered in and around Patrick County. She shared the legion of how the Fairystone was created and the residents loved it.  As usual, residents shared their own memories and stories from their past experiences. Residents always look forward to this activity.

Bus trips have included breakfast at a local restaurant, November 14, and a trip to the local library for an adult coloring class, November 16. On November 21 Landmark residents enjoyed lunch in Mount Airy, NC.

Evening entertainment has been provided by the Mountain View Singers, Chords of Faith, and Sue Nester. Children from Abiding Grace Church joined the residents for fun and games on November 15.

New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center with the New Comer’s Social, November 16. On Friday, residents celebrated November birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday gifts were provided by the Landmark staff.

The Landmark Center welcomed new staff members with a Meet and Greet Wine Social on the evening of November 16. Community guests, as well as family members and staff, were on hand to toast our New Administrative Team; Janna Foley, Administrator, April Walker, LPN, Healthcare Coordinator, Victoria Bennett, Memory Care Coordinator, Elizabeth Nester, Memory Care Resident Care Coordinator, CNA, RMA.

Students from the senior cosmetology class at Patrick County High School provided manicures for Landmark residents, November 21. Residents enjoy the extra attention provided by these young adults.

Please join the residents on December 7, for the next Community Rook Tournament, 1:30-4 pm, in the dining room. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

Landmark residents and family members will be celebrating this wonderful time of the year with an Old Fashion Family Christmas, Saturday, December 9, 2017, in the Landmark dining room.  They will share together a traditional Christmas dinner which will include a Turkey Carving Station. Entertainment will be provided by Judy and Ralph.

    The community is invited to join Santa and Mrs. Clause for breakfast at The Landmark Center, December 16, 2017, 9:00-11:00 am. Come and have your picture made with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4501.

December blood pressure locations and times are as follows: 12/08: Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Meadows of Dan Community Center, 11:00 am, 12/11: Ararat Seniors at the Fellowship Church in Ararat, 10:30 am, 12/12: Step Seniors at the Step Building in Stuart, 10:30 am, 12/14: Patrick County Seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30 am.

The next Operation Homefront Meeting will be December 5, 9-10 am, at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

The Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be at The Landmark Center December 26, starting at noon. For more information, call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch is provided.

If you would like to volunteer at The Landmark Center please stop by and fill out an application; your time and talent is always welcomed.

Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge have had a wonderful time in the past few weeks celebrating holidays with many of our family members and guests. We would like to thank Laurel Wagoner and her mother Kaye for coming in and decorating pumpkins for Halloween. The residents had a wonderful time doing this activity. Laurel’s grandmother, Ruth Martin who is a resident here at the Center participated in the activity and was proud of her creation along with other residents. During our Community Halloween night we displayed the pumpkins outside on the patio. We would like to invite Laurel and Kaye to come back to do another activity with the residents, since they had such as good time and used their imagination to decorate their pumpkins.   

    We would also like to thank Stuart Elementary School for their invitation to participate in their Veteran’s Program at their school on November 9th.  The children did such a wonderful job of having the school decorated for the occasion and the program in which the children participated in was fantastic. The teachers and children really put in a lot of hard work to make it a great event for our veterans in Patrick County. Our veterans really enjoyed seeing and hearing the little ones singing  and how they participated in the program.

    Here at Blue Ridge, we also honored our Veterans with a pinning with Mt. Valley Hospice that same afternoon. We are proud to have twenty eight Veterans here at Blue Ridge and we thank Mt. Valley Hospice for coming and doing their pinning program for our veterans.  On November 10th we had a Veteran’s  Day Parade in the hallways were most of our Veterans participated in. We went up and down the hallways with other residents and staff members “Thanking them for their service” and clapping for them. After the parade they were served refreshments in our dining room.  On Veteran’s Day we celebrated with the ribbon cutting for our new Veteran’s Hall at Blue Ridge. We had the honor guard to come in and help with our Flag Ceremony. During the celebration, SPC Gerard Sanders pinned each of our Veterans. We invited the family members of our veterans to participate in the ceremony.  During the ceremony each Veterans name was read, with their history of their branch they served and the history of their military career.  We are very proud of our Veterans and we “Thank” them for their service for our freedom!

    The Alzheimer’s Association had a “Yard Sale” for the residents of Blue Ridge on November 9th in the recreation room which everything was free for the residents. We invited residents down to go shopping. They really enjoyed visiting with the ladies from the group and they had a great time shopping for themselves.  Staff also was invited to come in and shop, for staff members everything was a dollar! Staff members got some good deals! We are planning another Yard Sale with the Alzheimer’s Association next year! Our residents love to have this activity!

    We are booking entertainment for Christmas. If you or your group would like to perform for the residents, please call so we can put you on the calendar! Call 276-694-1761 ext. 1804 and ask for Dee Dee! The staff and residents of Blue Ridge would like to wish all a “Happy Thanksgiving”!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

Landmark residents traveled to Danville, Virginia, to the Tank Museum on October 27, 2017; while on the bus trip they also enjoyed a picnic lunch.  Residents were amazed by the huge rooms lined with tanks from many eras. We celebrated Frankenstein Friday with a cake modeled after Frankenstein’s head, ice cream, and green punch which matched Frankenstein’s skin color. After dinner, residents visited the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, for Fan Appreciation Day. The ladies were thrilled to meet Ryan Blaney, the #21 driver, to get his autograph and have pictures taken with him.

    Sunday, October 29, residents and guests celebrated National Oatmeal Day with oatmeal cookies. On Monday, Fairystone Baptist Church led the morning worship service. After the afternoon Bingo game, they were challenged by a Candy Corn word search puzzle and sampled candy corn, in honor of National Candy Corn Day. In the evening, residents, community guests, family members, and staff attended a Halloween Party which included music, dancing, and refreshments.

    Administrator, Janna Foley, transformed The Landmark Center into the game, Candy Land, as the theme for Halloween. Staff members dressed in “candy costumes” as well as traditional costumes.  The stage was set for Halloween trick-or-treat night. Community children were invited to The Landmark Center for fun and safe treats. The residents waited anxiously while holding a bucket full of candy for the children to arrive. Residents love to see the ghost and goblins!

    Helen Cowley, volunteer, and Ann Sheppard, family member, assisted the residents in making a Peanut Butter Pudding Cake, during the Cooking Club, November 1. The best part is when we taste the finished product which is almost always delicious.

    Bus trips have included local shopping, November 2, lunch in Mount Airy, NC, November 7, and a trip to Stuart Elementary School on November 9, where our Veterans were honored for their service in the United States Armed Forces.

    Landmark residents and staff enjoyed, The Many Ways to Use Vinegar activity November 2. We were surprised by all the different ways to use vinegar; from cleaning, whitening laundry, and helping ease some of those aches and pains. After dinner, Two Old and Two Young, entertained the residents with a variety of music. Pastor, Dave Boarman, led the residents in a time of worship, November 4, and after lunch, residents welcomed Harvest Worship Center for a time of singing, worship, and prayer.

    Monday evening, November 6, residents welcomed local square dances and the group, The Over The Hill Gang, for a time of music and dancing. Residents love to join in on the fun!

    Susan Foster from Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care led the Operation Homefront meeting November 7, 2017, at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join the Landmark residents to connect, support, and recognize local heroes. For more information call (276) 694-4416. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be at The Landmark Center, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at noon. For more information, contact The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    Mark your calendar and join the Landmark residents December 7, 2017, for the next Community Rook Tournament, 1:30-4 pm, in the Landmark dining room. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext.4514.

    If you would like to volunteer at The Landmark Center just stop by and fill out an application and join all the fun!

    It is our pray that each and everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Corrdinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Blue Ridge residents had a wonderful time visiting with the community children on Halloween night. We had around 125 or more area children to visit with us. There were so many different costumes and age groups who visited. They were all cute and some of the parents also dressed up with their children. Many of our staff members and resident’s family members came by with their children to celebrate Halloween with the residents. We got to meet a lot of our resident’s grandchildren and great grandchildren during trick or treat. Our residents love having children to visit their home. The residents often ask staff members about their children and they love to hear stories about our children and seeing pictures of them.  

    We will be celebrating Veteran’s Day with the children of Stuart Elementary School. Each year they invite us to celebrate Veteran’s Day with the children. Our veterans have a wonderful time and they are truly honored to be able to participate in their event. We also are planning to start taking our veterans out on a bus trip to destinations they decide to go. We will be finding this information our during our Veterans club activity which we have started.  We are honored to serve these men, because they have giving so much of themselves for us! We are blessed to have 29 veterans at Blue Ridge at this time.

    Our residents have been making Christmas ornaments, which we will be selling. We will be making different ornaments for sale until Christmas. Our residents love arts/crafts and making things to sale or to give to their family members, they take so much pride in their work and they love to see the end product. This past week, we made wood round ornaments, they got to choose their own stamp, and the choices were: a deer, tree, Santa Claus and a rooster for a country Christmas theme tree. They were really proud of their ornaments! We have planned sleds, cupcake, and using clear ornaments with different techniques for the inside.

    We are already booking entertainment for December. If you or your group would like to entertain our residents, please call. We would love to put you on our calendar. Call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804. We look forward to having you come and visit with us!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

There have been new and exciting changes in Landmark’s Memory Care and Assisted Living Neighborhoods. The Landmark Center welcomes Victoria Bennett, CTRS, CDP, Elizabeth Nester, CNA, RMA, CDP, and April Walker, LPN, HCC. Victoria comes to us from Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and is the new Memory Care Coordinator. She attended Radford University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy. Elizabeth is the new Resident Care Coordinator; she has been working on Memory Care since February, 2017. April also comes to us from Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and is the new Health Care Coordinator. We welcome each of you and look forward to working with you in the future!

    Saturday morning, October 14, residents joined the children from Two Hands in painting jack-o-lanterns. Thank you for sharing your Saturday morning with us. Sunday afternoon, residents competed in the Jeopardy Game answering questions about Halloween and Resident Rights; it was a tight race to the finish line. October is Resident Rights Month.

 

    Students from the Senior Cosmetology class of Patrick County High School pampered the residents with manicures on October 17. Residents enjoy meeting the students almost as much as getting a manicure. In the afternoon, residents traveled to Ferrum for a special ice cream treat. After dinner, local artist Sue Nester performed for the residents and guests.

    Memory Care residents rode to Martinsville, October 18, and enjoyed lunch out.  On the 25th they shopped and ate lunch locally. They are always doing something fun and interesting in the neighborhood.

    October 18, Helen Cowley, Cooking Club volunteer, family, and staff, assisted Landmark residents as they recognized Alaska Day, 1867, by making homemade vanilla ice cream. After dinner, the youth from Abiding Grace Church and residents built their own Haunted House. Residents always look forward to a visit from these children.

    The Patrick County Library really outdid themselves this month! Each third Thursday Landmark residents attend an Adult Coloring Class at the local library. This month they were surprised by a showcasing of their art. They were so excited to see their pictures framed and on display. Thank you for providing the class and always going the extra mile which made our residents feel so special.

    Landmark residents celebrated the October birthday on October 20, 2017. They enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch while listening to party music. Sycamore Baptist Church donated the birthday gifts this month.

    Landmark residents had a busy weekend, October 21 and 22, attending the Apple Dumpling Festival on Saturday morning. Many purchased apple dumplings and ice cream. They welcomed members from Harvest Worship Center Saturday afternoon for a time of praise and worship.

Sunday, October 22 was National Nut Day and residents celebrated with mixed nuts and solving a “nutty” Word Search puzzle in the afternoon.

    The residents raced to find the most hidden items in the Halloween Scavenger Hunt activity, October 24. After lunch, they went on a ride-about to Meadows of Dan to view the changing leaves.

In the spirit of Halloween, Laura and the residents made slime during the morning activity on October 26. Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, led the game, Name That Tune, in the afternoon. Each time a resident guesses the correct song title they receive a prize. Thank you for providing this fun activity. If you would like to become a volunteer please stop by and apply or for more information call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    October 22-28 was National Pastoral Care Week. October 25, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center honored the pastors who visit our facilities with a luncheon at The Landmark Center. We appreciate you sharing your time and talents as you minister to our residents.

    Many of the residents at The Landmark Center took advantage of the opportunity to vote by using an absentee ballot for the November 7, 2017, election. I would like to thank Susan Taylor for all assistance with this process.

    Don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour before going to bed, Saturday, November 4, 2017. Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday November 5, 2017.

    A special thank you to Linda Hall for the donation of hats to our residents!

    The community is invited to the next Operation Homefront meeting November 7, 2017, 9-10 am, at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the Unite States of America join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    November 2017 blood pressure times and locations. 11/6: Lowe’s Foods, 11 am-1 pm. 11/9: Patrick County Seniors at Rotary Field, 10:30-11 am. Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 11/14: Step Seniors in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be November 28, 2017, 12 noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, 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. A light lunch will be provided.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator