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Home Notes

November 21, 2012

Home welcomes new residents

We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country. Some were nurses, some physicians, a pharmacy technician, on the sea, on land, and in the air. We thank them all for their service.

We all have a strong sense of community and make a meaningful contribution as opportunities arise. Over the past few weeks, residents worked with personal care staff Dee Bouck, Mary Butler and Jan Scrafford to create Thanksgiving favors for in-patients at Bassett Medical Center. We also adopted a Christmas family again this year and are already raising funds to support the project. It gives us all a sense of purpose and fulfillment to be able to help others in need. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the home held a welcome party to recognize new residents Gene Dietz, Janet Gorman and Carrie Jane Watkins. Delicious hors d’oevres were served with a wonderful vodka punch. We enjoyed meeting the families and friends of the new residents. Gene lived in Schoharie for many years and his daughter, Dawne taught at Cooperstown school.We were glad to welcome Gene’s friends to the home and we’re looking forward to hearing him play the tin whistle. Janet has lived in many different countries, but settled in Cooperstown several years ago. Janet has two daughters, Teresa and Nancy, and a son, Raymond, who all attended the party with their families. Janet has many talents, including knitting beautiful baby afghans that she donates to Bassett Medical Center. Carrie Jane’s friends and children, Myra and John, attended the party with their families. Carrie Jane enjoys nature and social events at the home. We’re so happy to welcome them all to The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

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    January 3, 2013

  • Holiday celebrations have begun We have decked the halls of the home with garland, the greenhouses delivered a magnificent wreath for the door and the largest poinsettias we've ever seen, with pristine white cyclamen to accent the tables.

    December 20, 2012

  • Home welcomes new residents We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country.

    November 21, 2012

  • Summer has been busy at the home

    In the spring we held a workshop to create a shared vision of a summer program that would provide meaningful and enriching experiences. Residents and staff partnered to brainstorm creative ideas, then a planning committee of  residents and staff worked out the details to organize and schedule the events from June through August. We’ve had many enjoyable and actionpacked days, and our journey will continue in August.

    August 30, 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.

    May 11, 2012

  • Home Notes: Workshops held for Thanksgiving Home residents

    We welcomed Linda Keller, Ph.D. of the Bassett Research Institute and Ida Baker of NYCAMH who presented a six-week workshop for residents and staff.

    March 9, 2012

  • Home Notes: Residents enjoy harvest dinner

    The month of October was absolutely GOURD-geous at The Thanksgiving Home. We started off the month with a beautiful and festive harvest dinner for both staff and residents. As one big family, we sat around warm plates of turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious corn casserole and fresh rolls.

    November 10, 2011

  • Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September

    “Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” -- Sylvia Voirol
    The month of September began on a damp note at the home. The rains of  Hurricane Irene, flooded basements andwashed out roadways making it impossible for some staff to get to work during their scheduled times. Thank you to all who helped cover for each other during the rains!

    October 14, 2011

  • Home Notes: August is opera season

    “Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” - Langston Hughes There is a never a shortage of humor at the  Thanksgiving Home, andAugust was no different.

    September 15, 2011

  • Home Notes: July has been busy and with record breaking temperatures

    July has been busy and with record breaking temperatures it was a hot one! Bill, Jeanette, Leon, Patsy, Ralph and Dottie enjoyed the Forth of July fireworks with Laurie, Fred and Jaclyn, from the porch of the Otesaga.

    August 11, 2011