It has been a busy week here at Wellhaven. Tenants went on an outing to Cedar Lake, listened to live music from JC Colby and enjoyed the festivities of Wellhaven's River Falls Days Pre-Parade Party. Activities got rearranged to accommodate this week's bustling schedule.
The lunch hour is social hour at Wellhaven Senior Living. Many tenants and seniors in the community enjoy a cup of coffee before lunch is served just to socialize. Preparing and eating for one can be intimidating. Meals are included for Wellhaven tenants allowing them to not stress at meal time. Many tenants will save half their lunch meal to enjoy for dinner. When asked tenants shared not having to do the dishes is an additional bonus.
There is a beautiful courtyard with patio furniture and raised flower beds at Wellhaven Senior Living. At the beginning of the planting season Wellhaven purchased plants for tenants to plant in the raised gardens. Many tenants enjoy taking care of plants and gardening. Gardening stimulates our bodies and gets seniors outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Linsey Knerl shares more benefits of gardening in her book "Why Seniors Should Garden." • The focus of gardening helps to keep the mind sharp and strengthen attention spans.
At Wellhaven Senior Living, one of our biggest concerns during the summer is keeping our seniors hydrated. The American Medical Association recommends drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of a water a day to stay hydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, headache, confusion, dry mouth, sunken eyes, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, reduction to output of fluids (urine, sweat, tears), difficulty with walking and even constipation.
In 2009, the River Falls Senior Center moved into Wellhaven Senior Living. The Senior Center activities are a large part of Wellhaven's social calendar. With the Senior Center's move to Wellhaven new opportunities arose. Scheduled games are one opportunity that community seniors and Wellhaven tenants enjoy. Seniors come to play games such as Bridge, Euchre and 500. Some of these games require the changing of partners and at times players get to make new friends.
One of Wellhaven Senior Living's goals is to keep everyone in our building safe. There are rules and regulations our community must abide by to ensure the safety of the people within our grounds and buildings. Our community is equipped with an alarm system and personal pendants that inform team members if a tenant needs assistance. Team members also check daily on each tenant. What happens if a tenant leaves our building and cannot be located by a family member or team member?
Spring has sprung, most of the snow has already left and Easter is nearly upon us. This week tenants met a new volunteer, celebrated Palm Sunday and enjoyed the sunshine when it could be found. Wellhaven Senior Living also hosted the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt egg filling event. It was a very productive week. Wellhaven tenants were happy to introduce themselves to our new volunteer, Katie Stremcha. On Saturday afternoon Katie hosted a craft for tenants to participate in. While they worked on their dahlia wreaths they listened to music and shared stories.
This year marks the 120-year anniversary of The Lutheran Home Association. Wellhaven Senior Living is a ministry of TLHA. We are recognizing our history and honoring our military heritage. A new anniversary logo was created to commemorate 120 years of caring for souls. The logo highlights the past and the future of our ministry.
Music is an amazing way to trigger memories. Whether memory loss is involved or not, there are certain things a person tends to forget. As a 34-year-old, you wouldn't think that remembering things is a challenge. I don't think it is, but your mind stores a lot more than you realize. Did a song ever come on the radio that had memories of high school flooding in? I know I have. The song can trigger the place I was at, whom I was with, sometimes what we were wearing or even the smell in the air. Music and memory go hand in hand.
Wellhaven Senior Living offers many amenities, one of the most popular is transport day. Every Wednesday, Wellhaven Senior Living offers free transportation to Wellhaven tenants. Tenants are driven to places around town from 1-4 p.m. It's a good day for it as some stores offer a senior discount on Wednesdays. I know the seniors at Wellhaven as well as others in the community really appreciate senior discount days.