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Hello from our home to your home. It was a very busy week for us here at our home.   It was National Nursing Home Week  and we celebrated in style.

Sunday afternoon we started National Nursing Home Week off with a Mother’s Day Tea honoring our mothers.  Bro. Tom Hawkins prayed over the Mother’s Day Tea.  Mrs. Maxine Lirley wrote a beautiful poem about how busy mothers are.  Wilda Potter, daughter of Wanda Moore,  and Evelyn Bryan, daughter of Pauline Schauffler sung several songs.

The Potter family helped pass our cookies and tea to our guests, this is a wonderful family.  Mrs. Wanda Whittaker, daughter of  Ray and Leah Lee, gave the a wonderful talk about being a mother.  Door prizes were won by  Monte Albritton  and Rick Whittaker. Bro. Gary Moore, son of Wanda Moore, dismissed in prayer.  The dietary staff made the cookies for our tea.

Monday morning was Western Day and everyone was dressed up in spurs and cowboy hats.  After a shoot-out at the OK Corral we enjoyed eating  BBQ  at Johnnie’s Chuck Wagon.   A corn on the cob eating contest was held with Erica Watson winning  first place , Toni McDemott won  2nd place and Tina George came in 3rd.  After playing cowpoke bingo the gang enjoyed rootbeer floats at the Lonely Hearts Saloon.

Tuesday was a grand slam of a day. Play Ball was the theme and several residents and staff members had their ball gear on to celebrate the day.  We enjoyed listening to Who’s on Third, and exercising to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”  Residents played several different games during the morning.   They had Ball Park Hot Dogs , Free Throw Fries, and Catching Cupcakes for dessert.  In the afternoon Baseball Bingo was called by Evelyn Harper. Fingernails were done by Whitney Pollard and Sara Johnson of Three Rivers Hospice.

Wednesday everyone came to work in their Pajamas for Pajamas Day.  Morning exercise was done to the greatest movies themes of all times, followed by the game Pillow Talk.  Lunch was at the Sleepy Inn Cafe.  Lunch was Parting Pizza, Slumbertime Salad and Sleeping S’mores.  A bed making race was held in the front lobby with tons of laughter as teams  tried to be first one done making their beds. S’mores Bingo was held in the afternoon followed by Teddy Bear Time.

Thursday was Boppin’ to the Oldies Day.  At 10:00 we held a Volunteer Tea for our wonderful volunteers.  Maxine Lirley read a poem she wrote just for this special occasion. Bro. Tom Hawkins gave the opening prayer.  Door prizes were won by Sonya Howerton and  Norma Stillings.   Dietary staff went above and beyond with the fruit bar they served.  Fresh watermelon, grapes, strawberries, cantalope, cheese and cracker and homemade cookies.   We have the most volunteers here at Heart of the Ozarks.   A hula-hoop contest was won by Sharon Karcher with Austin Blevins coming in second.   Sweet Peebles’ Bingo was held in the activity room with Pebbles Jones and Warren Gunter calling the games.  Hospice Compassus opened up Elvis’s Soda Shop. They made ice cream sundaes for everyone.  It pleased the residents to have their choice of chocolate, strawberry or caramel sauce to go on their ice cream.

Friday was Tonya Sue Day.   The day we honor our administrator with  morning exercise to some of her favorite music, followed by her Look-a-like Contest.   Staff enjoyed dressing up like the boss and was judged by Tonya’s mother-in-law, Peggy Cutbirth, her mother, Carol Fuller and her friend Alyssa Murray Brown.   The first place winner was Mindy Stout, dietary manager, 2nd place was Lisa Harris dressed as a morning time Tonya and 3rd place went to Stephen Artimage who dressed like Tonya from the “Wild Side”.   1st place won a free day off with pay, 2nd place 1/2 day off with pay and 3rd place won a lunch with Tonya at their favorite place.   Residents bought Tonya a rhinestone tiara to wear for the day, we rolled out the red carpet and scattered red rose petals in her office.  We had posters made of Tonya one from the olden days and a more recent picture of her.   She was given a fancy Queen ribbon to wear.  The 1st Sonshine Group was here to worship with the residents.   Everyone had a very good time listening to Sonshine Group.   Dinner from Tonya’s Place was Tonya Taco Salad, Princess Refried Beans and Beautiful Bread Pudding.  In the afternoon it was time for the roast of the administrator.   Connie Burris opened the program  by introducing Mrs. Maxine Lirley who read her poem about Tonya, then she introduced the special entertainment from Nashville, Leo “Loretta Lynn” Brooks, Bill “Dolly Parton” Herrington, Tom “Tanya Tucker” and Stephen ” Shania Twain” Artimage they sang ” I Feel

Like A Woman” by Shania Twain.   They were dressed to the tee for their preformance.  Also arriving from Phillipadepth was Tonya’s “Aunt Tonalisa” aka Lucus Tabor arrived and the laughs were on, believe it or not, they look nothing alike.  The residents gave Tonya a 14 carrot necklace for her to wear doing the roast. Staff also wrote on crowns something they liked about Tonya and it was read out loud at the roast.  Staff sang a song for her and the roast ended with a picture slideshow of Tonya.   A cake with several pictures of Tonya on it was given to Tonya for her to share with her family.   Cake was served to the residents, staff and family members.  The main lobby and dining room was decorated with high heels that  the residents had cut for the event.  We enjoyed sharing old memories and making ones.

Our prayers and sympathy goes out to the family of Ruby Nora Miller.

We would like to welcome Charles Briscoe to our home.

God Bless You From Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.

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