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News & Updates
After finding the season’s first strawberries the last weekend in April, CEO Sarah Stewart provided our elders with a tasty seasonal surprise and a fun-packed afternoon. In came several boxes of plump, sweet, juicy strawberries virtually calling out, “We need shortcake and whipped cream!”
Several elders stepped up to the plate (um . . . pun intended!) and helped prepare by washing and capping the plump little orbs of delight. Others prepared the bowls with shortcake and stood by with whipped cream. Then bowls were filled . . . and filled . . . and filled. Not many would turn down this delightful treat.
Soon elders began appearing on the horizon with sniffing noses and hungry eyes. All were rewarded with a bowl of this refreshing springtime dish.
Only one complaint was murmured throughout the sleepy-eyes and empty bowls; “I wish I had room for more!”
Oakview is honored to present our award-winning Kelly Scarbrough and her beautiful artwork to each of you. Kelly transferred her beautiful spirit into a stunning depiction of gorgeous dogwood blooms for the “Dogwood Art & Photography Contest” in April. We proudly announce that Kelly won 3rd place in this in this local community event sponsored by the Paducah Civic Beautification Board. I was present soon after Kelly was notified of her win. Her face glowed with joy shared by her friends—we salute Kelly for her accomplishment and are thrilled for her.
What has lots of colors, lots of food, lots of fun and beaucoup smiles?
Why, Spring Break, of course!
Our spring break carnival was enjoyed by one and all. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the temperature was just right-not too hot and not too cold. Several family members joined our elders for hot dogs, ice cream and-–best of all—FUNNEL CAKES! Quality of Life director Judy Yetter kept the excitement going with carnival games and face painting. Lots of our elders donned the colorful carnival hats provided for everyone. Whether sitting in the sun and enjoying the music, manning a booth, or eating, nothing-like-it-carnival food, our elders, staff, and families enjoyed a wonderful day of fun!
February has been lots of fun so far at Oakview! We’ve had bunches of great activities, including a Groundhog Day Social, our own Super Bowl, and yummy treats for several days around Valentine’s Day. The weather has been weird—warm one day and cold the next!
Our bunny, Siggy, continues to win the affection of practically everyone. Who can resist a soft warm little furry creature who loves to be petted? We’ve noticed the days getting longer—yeah! Not too long until spring! Several of our families visit often and we claim them as our own. Friendly pets show up most days, accompanied by stakeholders and family members. Our wonderful volunteers bring sunshine to the hearts of elders and staff. We are thankful for people who give themselves for our elders.
All-in-all, to quote Mr. Rogers, at Oakview, “it’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood!”
Last week we had our Celebration of Life service. We had great speakers and an appreciative audience.
Chaplain Frank Queen from Lourdes Hospice shared some interesting information about grieving. He noted that in this modern time, we don’t mourn the way we did in times past. We have a funeral and expect everyone to go on with their lives after a couple of days.
I remembered that very afternoon. I made several reminder calls about our service and it was clear that some family members were still suffering from the loss of their loved one. A couple of days and a nice funeral just do not complete the mourning process.
Pastor Kevin Gaunce pointed out that growing older helps us recognize and long for our true home, our home with our heavenly father. He shared personal stories about people he has observed, and pointed out that our elders are people with a history and it is good to know the real person, the things that they did in life, their hopes and dreams, and accomplishments and families.
I am often reminded of this when I attend a funeral. Usually there are videos and pictures of the person in earlier years. At one of these funerals, a wife told me tearfully that she wished we could have known her husband as he was in those pictures.
We had beautiful music performed by Savanna Gardener and I thought of the blessing of music. It is such a pleasure to be uplifted through song.
Quality of Life Director Judy Yetter decorated and worked hard in several ways for this service. She spoke eloquently about our efforts to make our Oakview home a true home for our elders. We put a lot of effort into getting to know our elders in a meaningful way. It is a blessing to discover our elders’ history, to find out who they really are.
The service truly is a celebration of life. It is good to remember.
Oakview Nursing and Rehab recently celebrated the completion and unveiling of the Serenity Bridge Unit last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
Click the link to read the newspaper article in the Marshall County Tribune-Courier
Signature HealthCARE is proud to once again be named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “Best Places to Work in Healthcare!” Only 100 nominees make the list each year and this is the fourth time Signature HealthCARE has been named to the list! The ranked order of nominees will be revealed in October.
To see the full list, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1PqBuQk
“You never get too old to enjoy life,” said a 91-year-old Signature resident who traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla. earlier this year, the fourth consecutive year Signature has taken groups of residents on vacation. Check out the video above for highlights from the trip, and be sure to click the links below for additional coverage.