Wellhaven Senior Living hosts a monthly blood pressure clinic on the third Thursday each month at 10:30 a.m. Screenings will take place in the Fireside Lounge. This is a free event. "Checking your blood pressure regularly is the only way to know if you have high blood pressure," said Erin McLagan, registered nurse at Wellhaven. "We want people to be aware of their health and take steps to be healthy. Our blood pressure clinic allows for community members to take advantage of a free way to learn more."
Wellhaven Senior Living tenants enjoyed an afternoon on the farm Sunday, July 29, when they visited Judith Hanson's farm. Hanson's aunt lives at Wellhaven and thought our tenants would enjoy seeing the farm and its horses. "It was beautiful," said Donna Anding, a tenant at Wellhaven. "I used to live on a farm so it was really nice to go." In addition to experiencing the farm and smelling the flowers in the garden, tenants interacted with the animals. Terry, the party poodle, greeted tenants before the horses made their appearance and stole the show.
Twice a week Wellhaven Senior Living tenant Bob Zenk hosts a movie night. Tenants enjoy gathering in the Fireside Lounge on Monday and Thursday nights. Bob goes to the library for most of his entertainment choices, but occasionally one of the other tenants brings down a movie from their own collection. Bob says, "I like to do it. We have fun!" Since Bob has started hosting movie night he learned you can't please everyone. He finds romantic movies and comedies gather greater crowds.
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.