On April 19th 2016, twenty-two residents and several stakeholders spent the day in the great outdoors! The residents decided that they wanted to spend their Spring Break at Freeman Lake Park here in Elizabethtown. It was the perfect day for an outdoor outing! While the grill was going, stakeholders and residents played horseshoes and lawn darts. Some residents enjoyed the swing set, while others sang along to oldies music. Once lunch was ready, we all sat down and enjoyed the feast! After we were all stuffed with burgers, potato salad, and dessert, we relaxed and enjoyed the view. The ducks and geese were very welcoming of our company, even though they didn’t get any of our food. We were able to watch the paddle boats scoot across the water as well as people jogging with their dogs. The local fire department was also there for our entertainment! We are not one hundred percent certain what they were up to, but we came to the assumption that they were training. It was a truly blessing to get to spend the day together at the park!
News & Updates
Lots of Easter fun was had at SHC of Elizabethtown! We kicked the Easter celebration off with an Easter Social. We had fellowship, shared Easter stories, and ate (of course)! Brownies and ice cream are always a hit!
That night, the Easter Bunny showed up for pictures with residents, stakeholders, and their kiddos. The kids enjoyed hunting Easter eggs, refreshments, and spending time with family. The residents and family members were so happy to watch the kids having a grand time. One resident said, “I never thought that I would be able to watch my grandkids hunt eggs again! Thank you for making this happen!”
We had a blast at our St. Patrick’s Day Party. We spent time together watching NCAA games, playing games, and eating good food. We love any opportunity to get together and have some fun!
Pet therapy is a proven way to enhance people’s mental and physical well-being. These are two reasons why, at Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown, we encourage as many pet visits as possible! We encourage family members to bring their loved one’s pets in to visit them as often as they can. We have Bentley the bunny that lives here full time and Bailey the pup that comes in daily for visits, but that just isn’t enough for us sometimes, and this is why we invite Penelope the pig and Cocoa the miniature therapy horse in to visit with us.
There was not a single person in the building–stakeholder or resident–that didn’t smile from ear to ear when they came. Seeing Penelope and Cocoa brought laughs and memories to our residents from their younger years. We were able to hear stories of life growing up on farms, of their families, or pets that they once had and loved. Residents lit up with tons of questions about Penelope and Cocoa, and were extremely happy to hear that Cocoa is expecting a baby within the next month!
We can’t wait for more visits from Penelope and Cocoa. We are also hopeful that, when Cocoa returns from maternity leave in a few months, she brings her new baby with her!
We are a very competitive bunch here at Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown! We hosted a chili cook-off where stakeholders made their most famous chilis. Stakeholders, residents, and family members were the judges of the competition and were able to taste each chili before picking their top three favorites! The chili and the competition got pretty heated as the stakeholders were competing for first, second, and third place trophies–and more than that, bragging rights! Residents had a great time tasting and laughing with stakeholders.
Tuesday, we joined together for a Mardi Gras party! We celebrated with food, friends, and games. We also learned a bit of interesting information about Mardi Gras.
One thing that stuck out to us is the meaning of Mardi Gras. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday and Gras is the French word for fat. Now we know why this holiday is also called Fat Tuesday. To to off the day, we chowed down on purple pancakes in honor of the traditional pancake race!
Stakeholders and residents are thrilled about the arrival of our brand new popcorn machine! Our last popcorn machine stopped working for us, and Opal’s Dream Foundation was quick to respond with a new one! We just love the smell and taste of fresh popcorn and we enjoy it on a weekly basis.
This is Opal’s Dream Foundation’s story, as told by them.
The foundation is named after Opal Grubbs. Opal spent the majority of her life alone in a nursing home as a ward of the state. She dreamed one day she could leave the nursing home and see the ocean. With no family or funds, she was never able to fulfill that dream before passing away. We exist to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Opal’s has donated many items, large and small, to our community. A juke box was donated two years ago to ensure that our feet kept tapping. Last summer they were kind enough to donate a raised flower bed so that our residents could safely garden while outdoors. They have also donated smaller items in bulk–that were a true blessing at Christmas time–to provide a special Christmas store for our residents. They were able to pick out items to get for their loved ones.
On Friday February 5th, Jerry Stith and Ken Dozer showed up with our brand new popcorn machine! They were greeted by Phillip, a member of our community, with nothing but a huge smile on his face. Later that day, Kentucky State Representative Jim DuPlessis stopped by to join in on the popcorn fun.
We are so thankful for Opal’s Dream Foundation and every that makes the Foundation fun so well. Without them, many seniors would go without. They help facility coordinators bring an extra smile to our residents’ faces on a daily basis.
We were very blessed with the cutest company today! Katrice, our rehab service manager, brought in four of the most adorable baby bunnies! The residents and stakeholders were able to spend the first half of the day snuggling with the bunnies and watching them hop around and trying to escape. Many residents shared stories with us about how they raised rabbits when they were growing up. The babies were a nice way to brighten this cold, rainy day.
Put on your best costume and come join us for trick or treating, games and fun!
October 29th, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.
1117 Woodland Dr.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Call (270) 769-2363 for more information about this event.