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Kind Regards: ‘programs to keep us motivated and active’

Kind Regards seriesIn the Kind Regards series, we share grateful letters from residents and families. Reading the firsthand experiences of those we serve renews our passion and purpose. It’s our hope that they touch your hearts, too.
The following email comes from Sharon, a resident in independent living at Fairway Knoll in Germantown, WI, and was sent to Duane Larson, Senior Vice President of Site Operations. Sharon writes:
I would like to bring your attention to the FANTASTIC job the staff here are doing during this difficult time.  Of special mention is our Life Enrichment Director, Nina Raasch. Nina has developed multiple programs to keep us motivated and active, all the while upholding the safeguards recommended for our protection. Let me name several.
There are programs by way of our community’s two closed-circuit TV channels, such as:

  • Bingo – with a prize cart taken to the apartment doors of winners
  • Morning Burst – our version of Good Morning America
  • Chair exercises
  • Bible Study and church services
  • Special programs such as Meet Your Neighbor and information presentations

There are also plenty of fun activities, such as:
  • A coloring contest – the three top winners each got a plant
  • A contest to count the Tootsie Rolls in the jar – the winning guesser won the jar full. Also: guess the DumDum's, Cheese Balls, Swedish Fish and M&M's.
  • A Positivity Parade – the entire staff parade around exterior of building, wearing funny costumes, and we wave at them from our balconies and windows.
  • Worksheets from Brainy Bunch sessions.
  • A library cart being taken around.
  • Arranged conference calls to discuss current events or to meet as a book club
  • Kits for residents in Independent Living to make May Baskets for residents in Assisted Living and Memory Care units.
  • “World of Hearts” Kits for residents to cut out hearts to decorate their windows. 

These are some of the things that come to mind. I'm sure I don't have them all.  As you can see, our staff have been very busy.  We have maintained the 6 feet social distance guideline and have worn masks and used hand sanitizer — staff as well as residents. Also, we have been encouraged to stay in our apartments. Our meals and mail have been delivered.
Nina is always coming up with new ideas for us, and the rest of the staff are always ready to help carry them out. They all deserve a huge THANK YOU.

Bingo at Fairway Knoll     May Day baskets     Positivity Parade

Morning Burst     Morning Burst presenter     Candy Jar

Kind Regards is a regular feature that shares the letters, hand written cards and emails we receive from those we serve. Beyond expressing appreciation, these letters remind us how important and needed our ministry is and inspire us to offer our best. All letters shared with permission.

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