BY CAROL AFFOURTIT
As we enter into the middle of summer, let us pause and relish in the fact that we have been blessed with such lovely weather.
Life in our Eden Alternative Community is blessed as well. Under the guidance and loving arms of our administrator, Laurie Blatt, our home is a place to cherish.
Our Eden bulletin board displays ``Life’s Simple Pleasures’’ on which staff and residents have put together a collage of what we hold dear as pleasures to us.
In our community, such delights as the love and companionship of a pet, fondness for gardening and bird watching, music and laughter, the liveliness of children and the peacefulness of sitting on our many porches, enable our residents and staff to enjoy those pleasures.
For me, my simple pleasure is hugs. My mantra is ``at least three hugs a day keeps the blues away!’’ Whether a hug is to say hello, offer support, share a joy or sorrow, or just show you care, it is one of the simplest actions, but can mean so much to the giver or receiver. In my 23 years at the Thanksgiving Home I can’t fathom the amount of hugs I have given or received, buteach and every one holds a special place in my heart and has made my life so rich and fulfilled.
The mission of our Eden Home is to offer our residents a community free of the plagues of helplessness, loneliness and boredom.
When you see the vision of camaraderie and love shared by residents and staff, you can only think, ``family.’’ As we visit together, day by day _ sharing life stories, enjoying activities, meals, joys and sorrows, you can’t help but know the Thanksgiving Home is truly special.
Throughout the years, I have come to know the families and friends of our residents. When these people visit our home, they know their loved ones are in a truly special place and are cared for by staff who love what they do. We are a family in every sense of the word, and meet the needs of each and every resident as if they were our own parents or grandparents.
The past two weeks many residents enjoyed visits from family and friends. MarthaQuinn enjoyed visiting with the Doyle’s from Maine, lunch out with granddaughter, Bridget and dinner with two dear friends, Lucille Gilchrest and Betty McCarthy. A new great grandson, Grayson, born June 30th added to her joy.
Pat DeBaun has had a busy summer with daughters Laura and Ellie, going out for dinner and sailing on the boat.
Art and Natalie Laidlaw had a lovely visit with Mary and Peter Clark. Veronica Seaver took Fannie Navarra and Julia Gil to the Blue Mingo for lunch and Dot Gardner had lunch with her son Mark.
July 21st, Sara Siegel, Max Ofer and Renee Freidman put on a skit depicting the history of the Braille System, their way of celebrating History Day. July 22nd, staff and residents took off for Camp Minnetoska for our annual summer picnic and July birthday party.
The cake, artfully decorated by Darcey Schilling, was a replica of a picnic blanket, decked out with food, goodies and even ants!
We had a wonderful time and provided our own entertainment by singing summertime songs.
July 29th, Janet Saporito led ``Laughlines,’’ a get-together for jokes and laughter. Later that afternoon, ``Tea and Sweets’’ brought residents and staff together to celebrate our cat Ginger’s 6th birthday. Iced tea, lemonade and molasses cookies were served.
BY CAROL AFFOURTIT
- Home Notes
- Pete Rose on deck for TLC The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn't being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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