Goodwill Nursing Home and Assisted Living provide a variety of scheduled activities for residents to choose from each day and throughout the month.
This activity using balloons and special lightweight rackets provides a time of fun and exercise for residents of all levels of physical and cognitive ability.
Pastors of Goodwill’s residents are invited and scheduled to share during the weekly Chapel Services. The connection of residents to their pastor and church family is very important
“Laughter is the best medicine.” Many enjoy a weekly session when activities staff and residents share funny stories and jokes.
Coke & Gab:
This activity was created at the request of residents who wanted a time and place to simply sit with a “coke” and talk about whatever is on their mind.
Coffee & News:
Residents enjoy a morning cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while hearing and discussing articles from the local papers.
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, historical 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.
A weekly exercise class is well attended by Assisted Living and Nursing Home residents.
Handicap accessible garden boxes are located in Goodwill’s courtyards. Residents enjoy planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and eating fresh tomatoes, squash, onions, cucumbers, etc.
Everyone enjoys the Kitchen Goody 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.
Since it is never too late to learn a new skill, the weekly knitting class provides an 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 “sundowning.”
Each weekend residents enjoy a movie selection and popcorn.
Other activities include Bingo, Birthday Parties, Seasonal Events/Parties, Gardening, Table Games, Video Games, Horseshoes, etc.