Waldron Nursing Center: Enjoying Summer Celebrations
By Christine Lees
Waldron Nursing Center residents enjoyed a great treat with Lucy Isabelle Wagner, age 10, coming to play the cello for her great grandfather, Vester Lee Hutchens, along with a good crowd of other residents in the day room. It didn't take long for word to spread throughout the hallways that there was some good music going on in the dayroom. Along with Lucy, her mom, Crystal (Hutchens) Wagner, her grand-mother, Judy Hutchens, her aunt, Kelly (Hutchens) Slater) and her cousins, Abigail & Elijah Slater also spent time visiting with Vester and the other residents.
Everyone is ready for Lucy to come and play for them anytime.
Other activities that have been keeping residents busy was Sunday singing with Rick Byce, Church services with Pat Ray Biggs, David Hines, Winfield Baptist, Temple Baptist group, reminiscence with Diane Miller, the fireworks activity with delicious watermelon was also a big hit with a large crowd of the residents going out back with Alex and the nursing staff to watch the ground display. A special "thanks" to all of the staff who helped buy the fireworks. Bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with our great Volunteers Doyle Wayne & Pat Morales helping out. Pat is also very faithful to help with the craft activities. Freedom Church singers, nail painting and scrap-booking.
Residents celebrating at the monthly birthday party was Kellow Holland, Wanda Ferguson, Bob Mays, Snookie Kalpakoff, John Clopton, Ernest Burson and Dorothy Shepard. The dietary department provided a delicious cake and punch. Kellow Holland's family also gave him a Special party in the Family room on July 1st as Kellow turned 100 years young.
The residents really enjoyed the monthly activity by the Ouchita Regional Hospice staff, Sorena Loyd and Stephanie Midgette. Our special activities of "Be Uncle Sam" and "Baseball" was well attended along with the "Over the hill gang" singers. These are just a few of the things keeping residents busy each day along with the activity cart that my assistant, Alex Carter, takes around to each room in the mornings for residents to choose magazines, word search puzzles,trivia quizzes or the adult art pages. These are extra activities that the residents really enjoy doing as well as seeing their art work displayed on the art wall by the resident dining room.
In closing our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Ora Dean Roseberry and Loreida Parish. They were both such lovely ladies and will be missed by all who knew them. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the many sad days ahead.