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Westbrook Acres-OCTOBER 2019

October 3, 2019
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You may bring in Halloween candy for Trick or Treat night now if you’d like. The residents really enjoy this! We have them all sit in the din-ing room in a big semi circle and hand out treats. Thank you for helping out. We have over 100 kids. We hope we have good weather!

October is Residents’ Rights Month This is an annual event designated by the Na-tional Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care to honor residents living in all long-term care communities. It is an opportunity to focus on dignity and respect for each resident. Resi-dents’ rights are guaranteed by the federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. The law requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident” and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity, choice, and self determina-tion. A person living in a long term care setting maintains the same rights as an individual in the larger community. Residents’ Rights Month is a time to recognize these rights and celebrate residents. The theme in 2019 is “Stand for Quali-ty” and emphasizes the importance of quality in all aspects of residents’ experiences—quality care, quality of life, quality services, and quality of available choices, to name a few.

OCTOBER RECOGNITION DATES National Physical Therapy Month Residents’ Rights Month National Healthcare Food Service Workers’ Week - October 7th—13th National Boss Day—October 16th International Spiritual Care Week—20th—26th National Healthcare Quality Week National Respiratory Care Week

“FALL BACK” Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday Novemberr 3rd. So remember to “Fall back” the night before or that day. Or you’ll be early for Eve-rything!!

Pumpkin carving will be done on Wednesday Oct 23rd, at 2:30. Tyler Heitmeyer will be helping us again this year. He does such a great job, he enjoys it and so do we! See you then!

We’d like to welcome our new residents, Warren King, James Carr, Verna Stamp and Harold “Luray” Meyer to Westbrook Acres. We look for-ward to getting to know you and hope you enjoy your stay here.

HUMOR TIME Knock knock. Who’s there? Tibet. Tibet who? Early Tibet, early to rise. Knock knock. Who’s there? Opera. Opera who? Opera-tunity only knocks once.

We’d like to thank Steve Hutcheson, June Jo-hannsen’s son-in-law, for the tomatoes we’ve been serving with our meals. There’s nothing better than fresh home grown tomatoes. We appreciate it very much!

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS Resident Birthdays Jeanette Boyd Oct 14th Marjorie Luethje Oct 21st

Staff Birthdays Heather Pierce Oct 9th Karen Eggers Oct 26th

We’d like to thank the Tammy Strait Family for the very generous gifts they donated. George lived with Alzheimer’s Disease for 10 years before it took his life. The smiles on the residents faces melted all of our hearts from the first minute these gifts were given. We cannot THANK the Strait Family enough!! ~Your Family and Friends at Westbrook Acres

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. We would like to remind everyone if you are not feeling well, or are experiencing any cold or flu like symp-toms, we would ask you to please hold off your visit un-til you are feeling well again. Thank you, and stay healthy! Nursing Dept.

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A Note From The Administrator Welcome FALL!! We have enjoyed a very steamy spring and summer. We are looking forward to all of the fun fall activities here at the facility! We kindly ask that when visiting, please be aware of any residents that may be close to the exit doors. As I am sure that many of you are aware, some of our residents don’t always appear as if they are residents of Westbrook Acres. Safety is of the utmost importance to us here! Blessings for a safe and happy October! Kelly Larson MBA, LNHA Westbrook Acres

International Spiritual Care Week is October 20th—26th. We will be having our annual get together with our area pastors on Monday October 21st, at 10:00 am. We will be serving coffee, juice, and doughnuts. Please join us as we show our appreciation for our wonderful ministers.

Resident of the Month—Wilma Adelmund Wilma was born and raised in the Stout area. Her par-ents were Vernon and Edna Syhlman. They had five chil-dren. Wilma went to country school until the 8th grade. She met and married her husband George and they were married in Nashua at the Little Brown Church., and shortly after he went into the service. After returning home they moved around to different towns working for various farmers. Wilma was a typical farm wife, and mother raising three children, Barb, Dallas, and Donna. She cleaned houses, and Wilma shared with me that she worked at Kipp’s Grocery Store for 38 years, but it had several different owners throughout the years of course. She said she loved working with Katie Grimmius. Wilma says she likes everyone and all animals too. Wilma also has 6 grandkids and 6 greatgrandkids. That will keep you busy too. Wilma always has a smile on her face which brightens the day for everyone here. I thank you for shar-ing your life stories with us, we enjoy having her with us. Thanks Wilma!

Customer Service Superstar for September—Judy Rysdam Superstars of customer service enhance the customer experience for our residents, family mem-bers and visitors’ day in and day out. They take great service up 10 notches and knock the ball out of the park on every interaction they have. We are very lucky and honored to be able to showcase one of those superstars to you, Judy Rysdam! Judy, you were nominated by your peer, Heather Wagner. She states, “Judy shows up early, ea-ger to get to work. She rarely calls in. She does her job and does not have to be asked to do things. Judy is nice and very good to our residents. She remains calm which is great for our CCDI Unit.” Kelly Larson, Administrator states “Judy is very passionate about her work and caring for our res-idents. It is not hard to tell that she has the best interests of the residents in mind with every-thing that she does. She often times picks up extra shifts because caring for our residents is #1. Judy has worked all three shifts and is always there in a pinch.” Judy, we commend you for your passion and dedication to Westbrook Acres. We are very proud to have you as a part of the team!! Keep up the good work!

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group WHEN: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 WHERE: Westbrook Acres Activities Room TIME: 3:00pm Family Members have their own individual ways of coping with loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Our group provides an un-derstanding and compassionate atmosphere to discuss different ways of dealing with the effects of either disease. Snacks and beverages are provided! 605 Garfield St. Gladbrook, IA 50635 PLEASE RSVP with Heather @ 641-473-2016



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