Friday mornings are always joyful and buzzing with music at our facility. That's because residents crowd in for our weekly Music Therapy. Becky Pittman, a licensed music therapist, has been associated with Liberty for years and her activity is the highlight of the week for many of our residents. Becky has always had a passion for older people, especially those suffering from dementia, and delights in reaching that population through the powerful effects of her music therapy.
Look who hopped into our community to spend the day with us! We celebrated the occasion in our Community Room and this Easter we're proud to announce that we boiled and colored a grand total of 150 eggs. Everyone present was required to color an egg and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. It was a very memorable day for staff, residents and their families.
Getting to really know our residents has always been a Liberty priority and it helps our community members thrive. As an example, Jeffrey Whitmeyer, spent many years as a theatrical technician. Jeffrey created theatrical stages for multiple national tours, such as Phantom of the Opera, so he was eager and willing to share his talent with us. As decorating committee leader, he has once again designed a beautiful holiday display. This one is over our lobby's grand fireplace for everyone to enjoy. Thanks Jeffrey for getting us all in the Easter spirit, and we are looking forward to your next creation!
Meet Jessica Ellis who is the newest addition to our Liberty family. Jessica's new role is Assistant Director of Nursing. She has a big heart and beautiful contagious smile. When interviewed about why she chose a nursing career she explained that she's passionate about working with the patients and shared how much her own grandparents meant to her. We are very excited and fortunate to have her with us!
Even though mornings are always bustling at our community, we try to fit a creative activity into our schedule most mornings. Arts and crafts or baking are very calming ways to start the day off and residents truly look forward to this time. Residents are applying their creativity and currently gearing up for spring by colorfully painting bird houses that we will eventually hang in our courtyard as the weather warms up.
We had our first Happy Hour for 2018. It was a relaxing afternoon, enjoying the company of good friends, cold drinks and 50's rock and roll music. We reminisced about the past year, and made plans for new adventures in 2018. Everyone is looking forward to better weather and staying very busy!
Meet Mr. John Henney, our Resident Council president, and Linda Cole our social worker. They are an integral part of our close-knit community and make a dynamic team—eager to maintain good communication and a quality environment throughout our facility. Together, they make an excellent sounding board for concerns and work on finding solutions, help promote friendships within the community, and even assist in planning activities and events. Mr. Henney can be seen regularly visiting neighbors, always staying accessible and engaged with everyone. Both residents and staff appreciate their warm interest and efforts.
Christmas has officially begun for our community. We had all hands on deck this week (staff, residents and family members) helping to trim our massive tree. The honor of hanging the last ornament went to Tim Grimes, our maintenance man. Tim has been with us for four years. He does a wonderful job and was in charge of retrieving this giant from our storage area!
Thanksgiving of course is a wonderful time for family, food and fun which perfectly describes our Family Feast this year. Mr. Travis Curry was the man of the hour. For 15 years he's taken great pride in what comes out of his kitchen. For this year's celebration, he served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for over 100 people. As you can see, Travis takes his turkey carving quite seriously. The meal was a huge success, and we also want to thank family members who contributed to the dinner by providing delicious desserts made with love!
Everyone looks forward to Tuesday morning when our four-legged friends stop by for a visit. Residents benefit from the unconditional love and comfort they bring, and the visitors thrive on the attention, petting and hugs they receive. We all agree that our pet therapy mornings are the best medicine and these visitors are always welcome!