Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

 

As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan China Virus) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activities have been cancelled until further notice, by order of the Director of Nursing, Administrator, Medical Doctor, and the CDC.

We understand and know how difficult this is, but please remember, that we are doing our best to protect the health and well-being of our residents and tenants, your loved ones.  We will keep you posted of any further changes.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.  Thank You!

In-house Individualized Activities with the residents and tenants resume, as able.  We want to thank all our dedicated staff for caring for all the residents and tenants.  And, we want to thank all our dedicated volunteers, our community, our schools, and area churches, who were planning to visit and assist with Activities the past five weeks.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, as God May Bless.

Residents, tenants, and their families were/are encouraged to connect with their loved ones via phone calls and/or video chats that are available all day.

Individualized in-room daily Catholic Services & Rosary prayers were held on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics during the last five weeks and on Sundays.

Individualized in-room Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 were held for the Lutherans on Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Exercises” were held with the residents during the last five weeks.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” were held for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during the last five weeks.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were/are available for the residents and tenants during the afternoon, Monday – Thursday.

Individualized “Card Games – Solitaire” at the SVAL were available during the afternoon on Tuesdays.

“Card Games” were available for/with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesdays of the last five weeks.

Allie Lemke  (Speech Therapist), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapist), and Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapist) for being guest speakers/demonstrators on “Health and Fitness”, focusing on “Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies”.  They presented simple introductions of what they do, and how the therapies work together to improve health and fitness.  A related “Sensory” activity was demonstrated with a “Noodle Toss Game” with a small group of residents and tenants, featuring “one on one” (using appropriate distancing) interactions, involving friendly competition and social interactions among the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Tuesday.  The participants seemed to enjoy the activity that helped nurture their “health and fitness” at the same time.

A theme for some of the planned activities of the past month gave the residents/tenants an opportunity to appreciate the gem of “Using Your Senses”.  The five senses include: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.  Each week focused on one (or two) of the senses.  Of course, all of the senses are involved in the activities.

The first week focused on the sense of sight, observing objects as images.  Residents and tenants (using appropriate social distancing) were given an opportunity to express their individuality in making colorful homemade Valentine cards during the afternoon on Tuesday, while they were served a colorful dessert prepared by the Chef.

The second week focused on the sense of smell.  Humans may be able to smell over 1 trillion scents, according to researchers.  Residents and tenants (using appropriate social distancing) were given an opportunity to exercise their sense of smell with some different Spices during the afternoon on Tuesday, while they were served a colorful and aromatic dessert prepared by the Chef.

The third week focused on the sense of taste.  “Mardi Gras Taste Party” featured a variety of colorful tasteful foods.  Residents and tenants sampled and enjoyed the featured foods, Mardi Gras Music, and beverages.

The fourth week focused on the sense of Touch and Smell.  Residents and tenants were visited (room to room) and introduced to a few pleasant fragrances and/or aromas to help remind them to appreciate their sense of smell and touch during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for hosting “Treat with Chef Chad” held by individually visiting “room to room” with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on five Mondays.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for hosting “Happy Hour with Chef Chad” held by individually visiting “room to room” with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on five Fridays.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music” being played on his stereo system during the evening time on five Mondays and five Fridays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the noontime on five Tuesdays, five Thursdays, and five Fridays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the evening-time on three Wednesdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the morning on four Thursdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Connecting with the Families” with the residents during the evening time on two Wednesdays.

MaryJo Konrardy (staff) for hosting “Valentine Bingo” with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on Thursday.

MaryJo Konrardy (staff) for hosting “Games” with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on five Mondays.

Kayla Griebel, Mary Jo Konrardy, and Brittany Knouse (staff) for hosting “Games” with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL on five weekends.

MaryJo Konrardy , Kayla Griebel, and Brittany Knouse (staff) for providing flowers for the tenants at the SVAL on Sunday, Valentine’s Day.

Kayla Griebel (staff) for hosting “Mardi Gras” Bingo with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday.

“Treats/Prizes” were held by individually visiting room-to-room with the residents (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) with Joy during the afternoon on five Wednesdays.

Other fun activities for/with the residents included:  “Daily Chronicle”, “Pastrami Sandwich meal Word Search”, “Bulletin Board Trivia Mind Game”, “January Birthday Quiz”, “This Was The Year 1963 – Reminisce”, “February EZ Does It”, “Ground Hog Day Trivia”, Trivia EZ Does It”, “Love Lines Game”, “February IQ”, “Famous February’s Birthdays”, “Searching For February”, “Lana Turner Word Search”, “Hump Back Whale Puzzle”, “Canned Foods Puzzle”, “F is for February Puzzle”, “Hot Breakfast Puzzle”, “That’s Romantic Puzzle”, “President’s Day Trivia”, “Hanging out at Library Puzzle”, “Fat Tuesday Trivia”, “Olive Oil – A Taste of Italy”, “Random Acts of Kindness Week”, “Amazing Library Books”, “Snack Food Scrabble”, “Visiting Venice Puzzle”, “Venice Italy Puzzle”, “Music Picture Song”, “Venice Travelogue Valentine”, “Valentine’s Day Search & Solve”, “Songs of the Heart Puzzle”, “Connecting with the Families”, and “Music”; and the residents and tenants were treated with ice cream bars, lemonade, cookies, popsicles, and other food treat items (or “goodies”) throughout the past five weeks.

Valentine candies were distributed to all the staff, and residents and tenants along with fresh roses and Valentine cards for the couples during the afternoon on Friday.

Katie Laban (social worker/volunteer) for delivering our homemade notes and “goodies” regarding “Random Acts Of Kindness Week” to the Bellevue Elementary 2nd & 5th Graders and to Bellevue High School, Mrs. Erica Theisen and her Spanish Class during the afternoon on Monday.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Susan Eversole, Emma Whitmore, Amber Olson, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past three weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Amy Neblung-Roth, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Emma Whitmore, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past two weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  April Minear (RN, Director of Nursing), Emily Hingtgen (RN, MDS Coordinator &  Assistant Director of Nursing), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Nicole Weis (Environmental Services staff), Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director), and other unnamed involved staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants, and families together via phone calls, video-chats (Apple FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.), i.e., “Connecting with the Families”, and for assisting Activities during the past five weeks.

Marion Vaughn (volunteer) for her donations of custom handmade: 2 lap robes, 8 walker bags, and 6 wheelchair bags for the residents and tenants.

Laura McCool for her donation of 5 hand-knitted shawls and neck scarf, and items for the residents and tenants.

Pastor Shannon Witt (Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) with Presbyterian volunteers, Kim Moore, and other unnamed volunteers who were kind enough to send out cards with return addresses to our residents/tenants, and thereby becoming instant “Pen-Pals” with us.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – Helping Hands – (friends) for providing items for the residents and tenants.

The Bellevue High School Spanish Classes of Erica Theisen (Spanish Teacher) for their gift of 10 Homemade Valentine Posters for the residents and tenants.

Marquette Catholic School 4th & 5th Grades Students featuring February “Kindness Kards” for their gift of  homemade Valentine cards for the residents and tenants.

Students of the Andrew Community School (Chris Kilburg, teacher) for their donation/gift of 3 lap robes for the residents or tenants.

Tracy Weber (Business Technology Department, Bellevue High School) and the FBLA Chapter (Future Business Leaders of America) students for showing their support of the residents and tenants at MVCC and SVAL.  The FBLA Chapter did a “walk bye” and walked around the facility and waved to the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Sharon Kueter and Janelle Daugherty – Helping Hands – (friends) for providing Carousel Corner Sugar Cookies for the staff.

Family of Wayne Nolting for their donation of items.

Family of John Scott Lubben [Arla Lubben, Linda (Darwin) Polk, and Lori (Kirk) Hoffman] for their memorial donation of an Activity Cart for Activities.

Family of Helen Schrader for their donation of items.

Family of Ardell Feller (Missy Dostal) for providing “Hot Cocoa Bombs” for the staff.

Season Kutsch (staff) for her gifts of various food treat items (sweets, “goodies”, Valentine Cookies, Valentine Cupcakes, eggs, etc.) for the staff.

Nicole Weis (staff) for providing donuts for the staff.

Virginia Valant for her donations of assorted hardcover books for the residents and tenants.

Pepukai & Irene Solomon (staff) for their items.

Karen Osar for her donation of assorted greeting cards.

April Minear (staff) for her donations of assorted Valentine donuts and candy for staff.

Joy Marchiando (staff) for her donations of donuts for the staff.

Bellevue Middle School (Bellevue Community School) Student Council had a fundraiser and was going to have Cookies made from Carousel Corner (Bellevue, Iowa) for the residents, tenants, and staff.

Congratulations to Milton Obermann and Betty Gonner crowned as the new reigning 2021 Valentine King and Queen at Mill Valley Care Center on Friday.  Residents voted for Milton & Betty as their new King & Queen.

Congratulations to MaryJo Konrardy, Kayla Griebel, and Brittany Knouse (staff at the SVAL) for completing their “Medication Manager” course and certification.

Thanks to all the volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the involved staff for their assistance in Activities and support in/with all the “individualized” activities/events during the past five weeks.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype), outside closed window visits, etc.] with the residents / tenants to help uplift their days.  Thanks to all the residents, tenants, families, friends, school children and teachers, volunteers, staff (Administrative, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, Maintenance, and Activity-Recreation Departments), local area (Bellevue, Maquoketa, Preston, Andrew, St. Donatus, Springbrook, etc.) businesses, churches, organizations, and other unnamed individuals for their kindnesses, assistance and support with all our activities / events / donations / cards / posters during the past month.