January/February 2015 So thankful for our blessings… rom the Director of Nursing: Becky Meyer F Happy Holidays to you all. I hope the new year brings good health and joy to you and your loved ones. We are thankful for all of the residents and family who have been with us this past year. We have been blessed with hard work from the CAB and Lions Club, volunteers for activities, local Pastors and hard working/loving staff. I am proud to work in Pigeon Falls and be part of such an excellent organization. Church Street Community Club Caregiver Support Program Are you caring for a loved one? Take a break with others and attend the Caregiver support group that is being held at Pigeon Falls Health Care Center. We will meet every second Thursday at 1:30 in the Maple Heights Dinning Room. Respite care and transportation is available if you contact the ADRC in advance, the number is 715-538-2001. For the Month of January we will have someone from the Alzheimer’s Association here to answer questions that you may have. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Call the ADRC at 715-538-2001 or Dakota Baumann at 715-983-2293 for more information. Bonnie Nelson and Sharon Dahl helping decorate our home. Decorating and Christmas Traditions Pie Making Pumpkin Pie Making! As pumpkin pie continues to be a tradition for Thanksgiving, we continue to enjoy making the pies here at our home as well. This year we made nine pies and boy were they delicious. We want to thank all the family members who came in and enjoyed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Each year the first week in December our residents as well as the Citizen Advisory Board members gather to decorate our home. Our decorations were absolutely beautiful this year. We want to thank Sandy Maudal, Helen Lyga and Carmen Johnston for assisting with decorating. Some of the other traditions we have here at our home is Norwegian baking, we worked very hard making crum kaka, snowballs as well as sunbackles. We all really enjoy reminiscing about our heritages. The Peace Lutheran Ladies Aid came in as well and did a Christmas Program for us all. We enjoyed the music as well as readings. We want to thank all who were part of the program and for all of the many goodies we received. We also want to thank the Knit Wits for the Prayer Shawls the Peace Lutheran members received. Throughout the month we had several Christmas Caroling Groups here to perform for us. We want to thank the Whitehall School District, Hale and Hardee 4H, and Elk Creek Lutheran Church. December is really a magical month. PIGEON FALLS HEALTH CARE CENTER AND COUNTY RIDGE RESIDENTIAL CARE APARTMENT COMPLEX P.O. Box 310 Pigeon Falls, WI 54760 PH: 715-983-2293 Fax: 715-983-5700 TREMPEALEAU COUNTY HEALTH CARE CENTER W20298 State Rd. 121 Whitehall, WI 54773 PH: 715-538-4312 Fax: 715-538-2426 www.tchcc.com • Skilled Nursing Facility • Institute for Mental Disease • Facility for Developmentally Disabled FARNHAM COMMUNITY LIVING CENTER ADULT FAMILY HOMES • Riverway North & South • Hickory Ridge • Appleway • Cloverway • Elmwood • Maplewood • Oakwood • Pinewood From the Administrator: Rosemarie Thesing Rummaging and Hiding Things According to the National Institute of Health, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may start rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers, closets, the refrigerator, and other places where things are stored. He or she also may hide items around the house. This behavior can become a bother or even dangerous for the caregiver or family members. If you get angry, try to remember that this behavior is part of the disease. In some cases, there might be a logical reason for this behavior. For instance, the person may be looking for something specific, although he or she may not be able to tell you what it is. He or she may be hungry or bored. Try to understand what is causing the behavior so you can fit your response to the cause. Rummaging—with Safety You can take steps that allow the person with Alzheimer’s to rummage while protecting your belongings and keeping the person safe. Try these tips: 1. Lock up dangerous or toxic products, or place them out of the person’s sight and reach. Love Light Ceremony 2014 On December 7 we had our Love Light Ceremony where we honor and remember those dear to our hearts. We had special music from Mike and Pat Congdon as well as a message from Pastor Mary Ann. With the lighting of our tree and the remembering of our residents who have past over the last year, it was a very special night. We want to thank the Citizen Advisory Board for bringing in baked goods, all those who purchased Love Lights as well as those who attended the program. 2. Remove spoiled food from the refrigerator and cabinets. Someone with Alzheimer’s may look for snacks but lack the judgment or sense of taste to stay away from spoiled foods. 3. Remove valuable items that could be misplaced or hidden by the person, like important papers, checkbooks, charge cards, jewelry, and keys. 4. People with Alzheimer’s often hide, lose, or throw away mail. If this is a serious problem, consider getting a post office box. If you have a yard with a fence and a locked gate, place your mailbox outside the gate. You also can create a special place where the person with Alzheimer’s can rummage freely or sort things. This could be a chest of drawers, a bag of objects, or a basket of clothing to fold or unfold. Give him or her a personal box, chest, or cupboard to store special objects. You may have to remind the person where to find his or her personal storage place. Donations: The Pigeon Falls Health Care Center is always looking for donations of bird seed and dimes as well as fun-sized candy bars. We are also looking for red or Valentine’s Day fabric. If you are interested in donating, please contact Lauren Filla! Upcoming Music Events and Special Events All are Welcome! Music with David Kiral January 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Music with Karen & Jerry CLOVERWAY RESIDENTIAL CARE APARTMENT COMPLEX January 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Music with Mary February 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. BLAIR APARTMENTS Music with David Kiral February 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Music with Gert and Friends February 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoying the music of Mike and Pat Congdon during the Love Light ceremony. We will be having a Sweetheart Supper on February 17. More information to come. Veterans Day Program On November 11 we take time to honor our Veterans for their years of service in our military. This year we honored those who were part of World War II as well as the Koren War. We want to thank all those who served, Bob Hanson, Oliver Leer, Ray Jensen, Tom Olson, Francis Foss and Gaylord Hanson. We want to thank Valerie Lorenz for assisting with the program. We appreciate you, Veterans. Our veterans who were honored during our Veteran’s Day Program. (Not pictured, Gaylord Hanson) Peace Lutheran Conﬁrmation Kids Visit On November 19th the students from Peace Lutheran Confi rmation class came to our home for a game night followed by Bible Study and Class. During the evening our residents and students enjoyed playing Bingo as well as interacting between each other. We want to thank Pastor Mary Ann as well as the students for coming over, we enjoyed it. We are looking forward to the next time! Peace Lutheran conﬁrmation students and our residents enjoying Bingo! October 16 – December 19: ”THANK YOU” To all of our volunteers for the years of service you have given to the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center! JANUARY BIRTHDAYS Resident/Tenants: Sheila Olson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5TH Mary Beth Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8TH Dorothy Vito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9TH Marcella Semb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20TH Gerda Von Uhl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23RD FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS Resident/Tenants: Melva Olson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3RD Edgar Goplin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7TH Oliver Leer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17TH Melva Sagen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27TH • Joyce Cooper and Muriel Gilbertson for assisting with Poker Keno. • Doris Estenson and Carol Hanson for coming in and assisting with Bingo. • Mavis Jessie, Leona Larson and Dorothy Eimon for assisting with the worship services. • Father Woody, Pastor Bowman, Pastor Pastor Guthrie, Pastor Johnson, La Verne Schaefer and Pastor Dissmore for facilitating worship services. • Scott Brown and Wanda Skroch for leading Sunday Worship. • Becky Maule for leading Rosary. • Deane Chase for leading Musical Devotions. • Muriel Gilbertson for the donation of dimes and newspapers. • Pigeon Falls Lions Club for donating poinsettias for our residents to enjoy. • Joyce Cooper for the donation of dimes for Poker Keno. • Jeanette Erickson for the donation of Christmas Cards. • Peace Lutheran Ladies Aid for the monetary donation for Resident Gifts. • St. Peter and Paul’s Ladies Aid for the monetary donation for Resident Gifts. • Gathje’s for the donation of poinsettias. • Sue and Dale Olson for the donation of birthday cards. • Muriel Gilbertson for the donation of clothing. • Family of Peggy Steinke for the donation of candy and money for bingo prizes. • Helen Stalheim for the donation of cards and calendars. • Sandy Maudal for the donation of candy and cards. • Linda Trotter for the donation of calendars and cards. • Linda Hanevold for the monetary donation in memory of Mary Ann Huﬀ. • Pigeon Falls Lions Club for the donation of Poinsettias. • Thrivent Financial and Barb Staﬀ and family for the donation of Poinsettias If you are interested in volunteering at the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center, please contact Lauren Filla at 715-983-2293 or [email protected] We would love to have you! November Birthday Party Each month we have a birthday party to celebrate our resident and tenant birthdays. This month we celebrated our birthdays with music from Russ Anderson and Friends. We want to wish Peggy Steinke, Tom Olson, Gaylord Hanson, Alethea Waldera and Bob Hanson a happy birthday and a year filled with joy and happiness. Mavis Hanson receiving her Prayer Shawl from the Knit Wits! P.O. Box 310 13197 Church Street Pigeon Falls, WI 54760 Pigeon Falls Health Care Center Pigeon Flyer Our November Birthdays! Social Services and Business office are asking residents/family members and Legal guardians to bring in current insurance cards to be copied and scanned. Folks may or may not have had changes in insurance information; and bringing current Insurance ID cards will help us to ensure that we have accurate information to better assist residents and family. Please bring insurance cards including: Medicare card (red, white and blue), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage card, Prescription drug card, and Forward health Card. Please call Janice or Penny with any questions.
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