Ruby Tuesday

What a fabulous ladies day out. It was a reminder of how much outings mean to our residents. It’s more than just getting a change of scenery, eating good food, and enjoying fresh air. It is a chance to take a walk on the wild side, and try something we’ve never tried before. It’s about a no hold bar conversation about everything ranging from raising children, gardens, and chickens. It’s a chance to have a sangria on a hot day, and go on a date with your fiancé. It’s a chance for stakeholders to remember that they aren’t only a group of our residents, but that they are a group of ladies. Ladies who are full of stories, lessons, and laughter. Outings also serve as a reminder, that just because you now live in a nursing facility, you aren’t finished living.

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“Beautiful Me”

We are kicking off the weekend with “Beautiful Me”! The ladies are lined up, and awaiting their manicure. Everyone likes a fresh start on a Friday, and no better way to do so than with fresh nails!

July Calendar

Come join us for one of our great events! If you have any questions please contact Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown, and ask for Jenny.


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A Peach of a Time

We spent this hot summer day having a peach of a time! Our theme for the day mandated that everything was peach! We spent time discussing different recipes we have tried over the years with peaches. We learned interesting facts about peaches. Best of all, we enjoyed peach tea, and fresh peaches from the market!

Zaxby’s Dine-In

We had a wonderful experience with Zaxby’s on Wednesday! They were very professional, helpful, and the food was delicious! The residents just love when we have dine-ins!

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We are so very thankful that ALMCARE came to help us with our first 4th of July event for the year. We love our fun twirlers!

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A Chaplain’s Corner

Question of the Month?
Dad and I never did talk much, and now conversations are even harder now that he’s in a nursing home. What can I talk about that won’t make us both uncomfortable?

It can be hard to know what to say under any circumstances when your communication hasn’t been great, and even worse when that’s added with them being in a facility. You may feel it your “duty” to keep the conversation light and to avoid any discussion topics that might make everyone uncomfortable. But talking about the “uncomfortable” things can be therapeutic for you both. This can be the start of a new relationship, one that is finally open and free.
It’s also a great idea to plan what you’re going to talk about. Bring something from the news you know they enjoy, plan to watch their favorite tv show with them, encourage them to talk about some time periods in their life (what fun things do you remember from childhood? What was it like being a teenager? Etc.).

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Mental Health Month

We tend to think that anything that starts with the word “mental” means “crazy”. We hope to dispel some of the myths and fears. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s a great time to take inventory of where you are emotionally in life. Suppressed issues or other stressors may have caused you to become a little bit off balance. Before you tune me out let me explain.

Mental health issues can be as simple as the following:
•Panic or anxiety attacks
•Situational Phobias

If you have not experienced one of the above as of yet, I can pretty much guarantee that you will at some stage in your life (sorry – I didn’t preface that statement with a spoiler alert). That may not be a bad thing, but if left unchecked, can lead to more intense problems over time. Mental Health diagnosis may include:
•Alcohol/Substance Abuse
•Anxiety Disorders
•Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
•Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
•Postpartum Depression
•Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
•Seasonal Affective Disorder
•Social Anxiety Phobia
•Anorexia and Bulimia
•Sex Addiction
•Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder
•Nightmare Disorder
•Restless Legs Syndrome
•Attachment Disorder/Separation Anxiety Disorder
•Antisocial Personality Disorder
•Avoidant Personality Disorder
•Dependent Personality Disorder
•Paranoid Personality Disorder
•Acute Stress Disorder
•Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
•Hoarding Disorder
•Hypochondriasis (Illness Anxiety)
•Intermittent Explosive Disorder
•Pain Disorder
•Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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Question of the Week

How do I deal with the guilt of putting my mom in a nursing home when I promised her I never would?

The meaning of the word Guilt: “A feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong.” Focusing on the last part of that meaning may help you to put things in perspective. When you understand that what you want most is for your mom to have the best care and you realize now that you can’t do that at home anymore, then you have to understand that even though you made a promise to keep her home, home with the state she is in would be wrong. If you were to keep your promise you may put her in harms way and that would cause guilt.

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