by Roman Bloemke, COO, Woodstone Senior Living
As we pass another Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded of traveling ‘over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go’. This year, we were greeted with a bunch of snow too, which made for a bit more difficult travels for many.
Moving in to Christmas season can be tough on some of our residents. Remembering years past can bring great memories, but also a feeling of being alone. We do our best during this holiday season to enjoy the holiday season. Whether it is by carolers stopping by to sing a few notes, to children coming by to work on holiday projects with the residents, there is always something going on in the communities during this holiday month.
One of the fun things we have participated in over the past years has been the holiday lights parade in Hutchinson, New Ulm, and Rice Lake. Last weekend, the staff at New Ulm decorated up the bus and participated. In mid-December the other two communities will follow.
During this holiday season, we can always use volunteers to stop by and visit with residents. A simple hello or visit, a quick game of cards, companionship, or stopping by to sing a few songs will always brighten anyone’s day.
One neat thing that we’ve seen is when extended family who cannot make it to visit due to extreme distance send a quick video from their grandchildren or great-grandchildren that has also brought special meaning.
As we move close in to the holiday season, we will be talking with residents and staff about their favorite holiday memories. Be sure to watch for the videos on our Facebook and YouTube pages!