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May 11, 2012

Home Notes: Celebrations abound at the Thanksgiving Home

—  April was a month of celebrations and much to appreciate. We had a 90th birthday celebration for Wanda Noyes on April 4 including her family and friends.

Personal care staff Dee Bouck worked with residents to hand paint Easter eggs for the tree in the activity room.

They ran a string of soft white lights and decorated the tree with the delicate painted eggs and we all enjoyed the view! The Easter Bunny surprised us all with hidden eggs full of candy treats. The residents received clues and everyone successfully located their eggs. Jameson Gable and Lauren Miller helped the residents find their eggs and then enjoyed their own Easter egg surprise.

We welcomed families to join us for a delicious Easter Sunday dinner and everyone enjoyed the meal.

We celebrated April birthdays with residents Wanda Noyes, Art Laidlaw, Julia Gil; and staff Kathy Lindberg, Laura Black, Sheila Jones, and Sandy Brigham.

Birdwatchers with Nancy Rackmyer was a special program on Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and residents and staff enjoyed watching three eaglets and their parents on a webcam. The Decorah Eagles are growing daily and via the webcam we can observe them and learn about how eagles are cared for by both parents. It’s an amazing view of nature!

We would like to thank Chaplain Betsy Jay for her presentation on MOLST forms (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). It was a very good program and she answered questions from residents and staff.

We hosted Casino Night as residents, families and friends joined us for a night of fun.

The home was decorated as a Casino with five blackjack tables, roulette wheel, horse wheel and shell game. The residents selected the treats and drinks that were served.