Activities Calendars are now included in the monthly Family Newsletter.
Goodwill Activities Listed Below:
Goodwill Nursing Home and Assisted Living provide a variety of scheduled activities for residents to choose from each day and throughout the month.
Volunteers from the community and Retirement Village join Nursing Home and Assisted Living Residents in making Yo-Yo Dolls, Sock Monkeys, Pillows, Ceramics, Amish Dolls, etc. Craft time at Goodwill is reflective of the old time quilting bees where participants catch up on events in the lives of their friends and neighbors. The room is filled with conversation and laughter.
Residents enjoy the weekly educational film or video. Most of Goodwill’s residents can no longer travel but these films bring back many memories of places that they visited in their lifetime; scenic routes, parks, historic landmarks, etc.
Many residents benefit greatly from one-on-one visits. Staff and volunteers visit residents in their rooms providing scents and music. They also spend time reading to, singing and praying with residents who desire that interaction.
Individuals, Families, Churches, Civic Groups and organizations give of their time and talents to provide a variety of special programs each evening. Many groups sing or play instruments. Other programs include puppets, dance, bells, drama and magic. Not only do the residents enjoy the performances, they also enjoy the daily interaction with people from outside the retirement community.
Everyone enjoys the Kitchen Goodie activities, which involve making and eating a special food item many of which are foods that the residents remember making with their children, parents or grandparents. Some highlights have been homemade ketchup, apple butter, hand cranked ice cream, popcorn balls, potato candy, homemade bread, biscuits, cookies cake, etc. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also prepared and enjoyed during this activity.
The Goodwill Retirement Community Auxiliary has published a cookbook full of favorite recipes from residents and families. The hardcover cookbook contains approximately 400 recipes and is now available.
Since it is never too late to learn a new skill, the weekly knitting class provides opportunity for beginners to learn from those who have mastered the craft. Currently residents are knitting sweaters to be donated to children in need.
Memory Lane Group Activity:
Each afternoon staff provides a special activity for Residents in the Alzheimer’s Care Unit. Activities include sing-a-longs, word associations, balloon tennis, quizzes, spelling bees, courtyard walks, gardening and old movies. This special activity is strategically scheduled to provide interaction with residents who experience “sun downing.”
Other activities include Bingo, Birthday Parties, Seasonal Events/Parties, Gardening, Table Games, Video Games, Horseshoes, etc.