Babcock Community Care Centre News – July 2, 2024

The strawberry social was a huge success. Everyone had a great time outside on the patio. The weather cooperated and all proceeds from the strawberries and cake were donated to Babcock Resident Council.  Crystal St. Denis provided the musical program and residents had a great time singing along while enjoying the music. $376.00 was donated to the Council. 

Father’s Day was also a very busy day with family and friends dropping in for a visit. The Activity department decided on the theme “Hats off To Dad’s Day”. They decided to make a top hat craft for the special occasion. Bev Close gave out beautiful flower boutonnieres earlier in the morning to each male resident. The dining area was decorated in honour of all the fathers. Bev Close picked up some special treats from Tim Horton’s for the men having coffee break. The word puzzle game using men’s names was very challenging.

The town wide yard sales had a few residents assisted by staff checking out all the bargains on Saturday. The Village was very busy with bargain hunters touring around the village. Residents really enjoyed the banana popsicles on the patio along with chocolate drumsticks. Great way to cool down on a hot day! 

The stone painting program had residents showing how beautiful a simple rock can look. There were many bright vivid colours applied to the stones. They were finished off with a clear coat to make them last longer. Residents working on their stones had different ideas on what they wanted to do with them once completed.

Bingo was played three different days this week with many lucky winners. The Tuck shop cart touring throughout the building is a welcome sight for residents who are anxious to spend their Bingo winnings. John Carter gave Communion to residents of the Catholic faith. The Heartbeats club gathered for their fast-paced music exercise program. Everyone had great energy along with huge smiles.

Remy the therapy dog visited along with the owner Sybil. Everyone is excited to see Remy every visit. Residents are appreciating their tours around the village streets weather permitting. Cam Denomme visited and entertained residents with his musical program. The S’mores social was held the same day. Everyone enjoyed the special treat. Bingo was played three times during the week with many lucky winners. The Physiotherapist from the local hospital visited and provided physiotherapy to those residents in need of it.  The bus tours are always fun where they head to the lake area and usually stop for an ice-cream treat.

The Men’s group gathered in the activity area for a game of sling hockey. They decided next meeting they would like ballpark franks as their special meeting lunch. Residents chose a special greeting card and signed it for Wanda the storyteller and friends. They really appreciate her visits.

Residents played a game of Beach ball volleyball. Cup pong is also a favourite game for many. Nerf battle had residents shooting at a target for points. Ladder golf was another great game. The Book Club has started again. Frances Bell has read many heartwarming stories to everyone over the years. Hoya Cards had a small group playing one of their most favourite card  games. The Music Connections activity had several residents listening to a variety of songs from the past. The Women’s Club gathered in the activity area for a social time. One resident asked if they could plan some polish foods for their next meeting.

Pamphlets were handed out to residents for the new Socrates Cafe program. It involves listening, thinking and talking about life. MaryLou DePelsmaeker visited and gave Catholic Communion to residents of the Catholic faith. Mary Wootton had a sing along for residents as she played many of their favourite old time music. Residents truly appreciate their one

Babcock Community Care Centre News – June 17, 2024

The month of May was a very busy month for everyone. The plans for building the new nursing home are progressing steadily ahead. Residents have enjoyed playing several games this month. They include Bingo, snakes and ladders, magnetic fishing, cup pong, Viking chess, ball throw, family feud, Wii Bowling, wheel of words game, U connect, Hoya cards and table hockey.

Residents always enjoy the pet therapy program set up by the Activity department. Remy the dog with her owner Sybil visited. Residents are out and about everyday, weather permitting, on their tour around the village streets. The Nu-Step cross trainer is very busy with residents exercising in the morning. The outdoor patio looks amazing with all the flowers blooming. Activity department is doing a great job watering the plants. Several new ornaments have been added to the landscaping around each patio. Special thanks to the Winter family for donating the beautiful decorations in memory of their mother that are on display attached to the building for everyone to enjoy.

Physiotherapy was scheduled four times over the week with the Physiotherapist from Four Counties Health Services. Joel Horvath visited and provided a musical program for everyone. Drumfit had a great turnout with residents rocking the building with their drum skills. The word puzzle trivia was all about country cooking. The Goldies visited and entertained residents with their musical program.  The Susie Q sing-along is always a favorite for many. Wanda Hazelwood and friends visited and presented bible stories on a flannel graph. The Heartbeat club met and had a great social time, as well as exercise.

Catholic Communion was given to residents of the Catholic faith by Mary Lou DePelsmaeker. Several residents enjoy their Keurig coffee selection provided each day. Tim bits were purchased as an extra treat. Residents appreciated the musical entertainment provided by Don and Bonnie Cook. Residents had a great time creating flower pictures. The pretty pictures were all set up in the dining area on display for everyone to view.

Mary Wooton held church services for those residents wanting to attend. The Men’s Club met in the activity area and they had a great social time, as well as the special treats they requested. Residents appreciate their one-on-one visit. Trivia always is a challenging time. Bev Close helped by whipping up a batch of slushies with the new ice machine. Randy Grey provided the entertainment for the monthly birthday party. Everyone enjoyed cake and ice cream at the party. Birthday wishes are extended to the following residents who are celebrating their special day in June: Ron Garrison, Licinia Marques and Edna Abbott.

Residents are looking forward to their scenic bus tours on June 18th. Their destination is to Port Glasgow. Another group already boarded the bus to the same area last week and stopped to have an ice cream treat near the water. Mark the 24th of June on your calendars and plan on attending the annual Strawberry Social from 6 to 8 pm. Crystal St. Denis will be providing the entertainment for the evening outdoors, weather permitting. Donations to Residents Council are welcome.  Bring your lawn chairs and stay awhile!

The Women’s Club gathered in the activity area. They had their social time and enjoyed their requested snack of quesadillas with cheddar, tomato wraps and all the trimmings. Croissant donuts followed for dessert. Father’s Day weekend coming up will be celebrated with a table hockey game to start the morning right and around 2 pm donuts will be served along with refreshments. “Hats off to Fathers” is scheduled on Sunday, June 16th at 2 pm. Residents are enjoying their cold treats served on the patio. The Activity Department along with Dietary staff are planning for their upcoming Canada Day celebrations.  Babcock Community Care welcomes Licinia Marques as their newest resident.

Babcock Community Care Centre News – May 25, 2024

Residents enjoyed a visit from Remy the dog and the owner, Sybil. During the day residents worked at making folk art flowers. Others had fun playing Bean Bag Toss, and you could hear the many giggles as they aimed for the target. Later in the evening everyone watched the movie “Top Gun.” Music Connections with Jess had residents participating in a sing-a-long. Jeremy Smith provided musical entertainment. He sang Happy Birthday to residents celebrating their special day.

The new outdoor large-size Connect Four game is very popular with everyone, and other games such as sling hockey, Euchre, Scrabble and Bingo are also favourites. Thank you to the family members and anyone else who donated extra cash for the Bingo games. Poke-a-flower went over very well. They used plastic cups and punched holes in them for the design. The Women’s club gathered in the activity room to prepare a variety of smoothies with the newly purchased ice machine to enjoy during their meeting.

The Media machine was set up in the dining area for residents to play the game of their choice. The Physiotherapist from the local hospital visited and provided physiotherapy to those residents in need. The local Mennonite group choir visited and entertained residents with their beautiful voices singing spiritual wellness songs. Residents gathered in the activity area to once again paint their designs on silk scarves. The end results were amazing and they could keep the finished product or gift it.  Social hour on a Sunday afternoon had residents, friends and family members indulging in Mocktails, fresh strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, pineapple and blackberries, along with cheese and crackers.

Spring Fling, formerly known as the Elegant Dinner, was a busy day for everyone. The primping and pampering started at 10 am, make-up, manicures along with nail polish was applied, with some having hand massages as well. Residents enjoyed all of it. Residents were dressed for the occasion, many wearing the silk scarves they had designed. The photo booth proved to be a great hit. Residents had a chance to have their picture taken with anyone of their choice including family members and friends.  The dining area was decorated for the dinner displaying brightly coloured table cloths, along with matching utensils and dishes.  The Dietary department cooked up a delicious meal. The wine glasses were distributed along with several choices of spirit free wine. Crystal St .Denis and her twins visited and provided the musical program for the event. Vance Blackmore, hairdresser, made sure all the ladies had their hair all done to perfection for the occasion. This event is scheduled once yearly and everyone looks forward to it.

Randy Grey provided the entertainment for the monthly birthday party. Congratulations to the following residents who celebrate their special day in May: Tom Moorby, Judith Winter, Albertine Letourneau, Ruth Gibson, Bertha Postman and Hilda Blackhall. Everyone was served cake and ice cream. Residents cast their votes in the Activity area for the Provincial election. Residents appreciate the walking program outdoors where they are assisted to tour around the streets in the village, stopping to talk to whoever comes across their path. Residents of the Catholic faith appreciate Ted Quenneville, John Carter, Mary Lou DePelsmaeker and Dave Skipper giving communion at different times throughout the month.   

Drum-fit was set up and several residents attended. They had great fun trying to keep up the beat with the music in the background while they played the drums. The Tuck cart made its way around the home for residents wanting to purchase items from the great selection. Wanda Hazelwood, storyteller, and friends visited and provided a lovely service along with music. Everyone enjoys her visit.

Nursing week was celebrated in May with a special dinner purchased from Subway for all staff. We would like to thank you for your unwavering commitment to resident well-being and let you know your exceptional care and kindness have not gone unnoticed. Happy Nurses Week!

Mark your calendar for the strawberry social held on June 24th between 6pm to 8 pm outdoors weather permitting. Crystal St. Denis will be providing the musical entertainment. Babcock Community Care welcomes their newest resident, Judy Winter.

Babcock Community Care Centre News – April 19, 2024

The Men’s Club gathered in the activity room and had fun playing croquet. In the background there was a feast of bologna frying on the grill as they had requested, along with a variety of other special treats for their meeting. Everyone had second helpings of an old favourite from the past. Residents appreciated their hand massages along with manicures provided by the activity staff. Residents enjoyed a delicious cheesecake prepared by Bev Close.

Jeremy Smith entertained residents with his musical program. Reverend Deb Dolbear Van-Bilsen held worship services for those wanting to attend. The Tuck cart was rolling around the building room to room much to resident’s delight. Drumfit is musical fun for everyone as they try to keep up the beat to music being played in the background. Family members joined in the fun as well. Bingo was played three times over the week with several lucky winners. Congratulations!

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated in March with residents and staff wearing their green. Green beer was served during the celebration along with sour cream potato chips on green plates and Rice Krispie squares topped with green icing. Mary Wootton played Irish songs and had a sing along.

The birds are busy building their nests outside on the patio and residents enjoy watching them as they exercise on the Nu-Step cross trainers. The Connect Four tournament had many interested players. The Spring Slushie social was a hit as activity staff prepared cherry-flavoured Slushies with their newly purchased machine. The Faith Haven Choir visited and entertained residents with their beautiful hymns. Everyone appreciates their visits. Table hockey kept everyone busy.

Residents enjoyed listening to staff member Joanne McGahan’s vacation trip to Holland. They appreciated her bringing in photos of her adventures. The wine and cheese party was a great hit as well. Everyone appreciated the many food samples provided, along with a variety of cheeses, pepperoni, salami and dips.

Easter was a very busy time with several visitors dropping into visit their family member or friends. One big golden egg was hidden in the building with alert signs indicating where approximately it may be found. Doreen Getty’s grandson Gavin finally found the hidden egg while visiting and was one happy little guy! Easter Bingo was scheduled during the day and residents appreciated their delicious Easter Cupcakes purchased from Union Bakery in Dresden. Chocolate eggs and bunnies were distributed to residents throughout the celebration. Dan Davidson provided a musical program for the special celebration. Wanda Hazelwood and friends visited and told the Easter story by using flannel graphs and everyone joined in singing hymns.

April Fools Day had everyone watching out for the pranksters. Happy birthday wishes are extended to Connie Peterkin, John Keskeny and Agnes Easton, who are celebrating their special days in April. Randy Grey provided the entertainment at the birthday party and everyone was served cake and Ice-cream.

Spring Fling, formerly known as the Elegant Dinner, is scheduled for April 25th with an abundance of great foods being served in a lovely, decorated dining room setting. This is held once yearly and everyone has a great dinner, along with dressing up for the occasion and being pampered by staff and volunteers. Crystal St. Denis will be providing the dinner music entertainment as well.

Residents are having a great time during craft days creating many different items. Outdoor roll and stroll programs have been scheduled. Everyone enjoys walking around the village with assistance checking out to see what has changed in the village. Residents have a great time during game time such as hoya cards, scrabble, snakes and ladders, duck racing, euchre, animal house game, magnetic fishing and bean bag toss.

Residents had a great day on their shopping trip to Wal-Mart in Chatham. Staff and volunteers assisted with their shopping and everyone had lunch at McDonalds. Residents appreciate their one-on-one visits. The Java Music Club met in the activity room where Alan Gooding allowed Sharron to share a little of his childhood stories. His memories dated back to World War II in England. Freshly baked cookies and refreshments were served.

John Carter gave communion to residents of the Catholic faith. During the recent power outage residents enjoyed a visit from Daisy Mae the Clown. Daisy Mae came equipped with her battery powered CD player. She played several old time favourite tunes and residents were tapping their toes, dancing and swaying to the music. The newly purchased generator kept everyone comfortable during the power outage.

Many of the residents watched the eclipse event happening from their arm chairs in front of the television. Others who wished to be outside watching were provided with special glasses to protect their eyes. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Hee Bong Bak.

Babcock Community Care Centre News – March 11, 2024

Cam Denomme visited and entertained residents with his musical program while playing guitar. He graciously accepted requests from residents and sang many of their favourite songs. A few of the residents were up dancing as well. Everyone enjoyed his visit. Remy the Golden Retriever came to visit everyone today along with his owner Sybil. Residents waited patiently for their turn to pet Remy and talk to his owner about his care. Photos were taken with him and will be displayed at the upcoming photo reminiscing activity. Residents are hoping he and his owner will return for another visit.

Bingo was held three times during the week with several lucky winners. Donations are greatly appreciated and add to the fun of Bingo playing. Checkers, Hoya cards, Connect 4, Duck races, Bean bag toss and Snowman toss was just a few of the games played throughout the week. Other residents watched a movie called “Riverdance”. The tea social was well attended. Residents really enjoyed having the butterscotch pudding cookies they had made earlier, along with other varieties. The Keurig coffee selection is also a favourite.

The magic train ride had residents travelling to the third smallest country in the world called Monaco. They viewed the most spectacular tour throughout the city from their arm chairs and were totally amazed at the oceanic graphic museum displays of all the marine life. Physiotherapy was given several times during the week from the Physiotherapist who visits from the local hospital. The Nu-Step cross trainers are always busy with residents exercising during their daily routine. They are able to watch the various species of birds, squirrels and rabbits as they wander through the patio area. The leaping frog game was a blast. The hockey table was set up with the pool noodles lining it. They had some great players and frog gummies were handed out to everyone.

The Star Bucks Copy Cat Social had residents preparing ahead of time for their customers within the home. They created their own version of the coffee along with macaroons for the event. Alan and his wife did the Dulce de Leche coffee, Doreen was in charge of the custard, J.D sprinkled the coconut on the assembled macaroon like bases. Gord did the cups for caramel macchiato iced coffee, John made over 2 pitchers of coffee with the new ice shaver recently purchased. Sharron was in charge of crushing the ice. In the evening John was in charge of the many selections and everyone was instructed to choose what they preferred. The macaroons were very popular with residents and anyone not able to attend the make shift Starbucks were served in their rooms with a rolling cart of treats and coffees.

One-on-one visits are always popular with residents. They can play games on the iPads provided with help, contact their family members on the Internet or friends, or just sit and visit. The walking program is patiently waiting for some warmer weather so they can venture outside around the village streets with supervision. The St Patrick Day Green Social will be held on March 17th in the Activity area. Window decorations along with Leprechauns all around the building will be showing up soon. The March monthly birthday party was held with Randy Grey providing the entertainment. Birthday wishes are sent to Doreen Getty and Linda White. Birthday cake, ice cream and refreshments were served at the party.

Babcock Community Care Centre News – March 1, 2024

Residents who enjoy playing cards gathered for a Euchre tournament in the activity area. Everyone had a good time. The Drum fit program had a great turnout. Residents used the drum sticks provided to keep beat with the music playing in the background. It was fun and provided great exercise for the participants. Residents appreciate their one-on-one visits.

Manicures, hand massages and foot care are administered on a regular basis. The Nu-Step cross trainers are used daily by those residents wanting to improve on their overall strength and health. The walking program also benefits residents with their mobility and as the weather improves it is great to be outdoors in the sunshine. The Physiotherapist from the local hospital visits regularly each week to provide physiotherapy treatment as needed for residents.

The Goldies entertained residents with their musical program. Everyone enjoyed their visit. Bingo was held three times during the week with several lucky winners. Family members and visitors joined in the fun. Thank you to everyone that donated extra cash to the Bingo games. The Family Feud game was a great hit with everyone. There were two teams, one called the “Bell Ringers” and the other was “The O’Hara Team.” The Bell Ringers ended up with the highest score with the other team only 3 points behind. Team leaders were Frances Bell and J.D O’Hara.

Music therapy with Jess is enjoyed by residents. Crystal St. Denis provided musical entertainment and residents enjoyed her visit. Family Day had several visitors. The pirate treasure hunt kept everyone busy as well as they gathered to find the hidden bags of treasure that held a variety of items, including money. Cards with common pirate phrases were inside the bags and with the assistance of family, friends and staff, each resident found a bag of treasure. The pirate crafts made previously were displayed on their walkers, clothing, and wheelchairs as they searched.

Balloon Toss is another fun activity residents like to play. Table hockey proved challenging with 3 tables set up using pool noodles to secure the puck. Wii bowling is another fun game where residents show off their bowling skills. The Java Music club met in the activity area and the theme was all about winter. Residents requested Tim Horton’s doughnuts for their next social gathering and milkshakes. Bev Close headed to the local Tims to pick up the doughnuts.

Residents had a social hour in the activity area while they coloured pictures for the Vatican board located in the hallway. Each resident signed their creation. Residents participated in word find, while others had their choice of looking through a large variety of magazines. Storyteller, Wanda Hazelwood and her helpers, visited and depicted a bible story on a flannel graph while guitar, violin and mandolin music played in the background. Everyone enjoyed their visit.

The activity department is assisting a few residents interested in writing poems using the topic “kindness.” The Family Council held their regular meeting in the activity area. All family members are encouraged to attend if they have any concerns or comments as to any changes they feel would benefit their loved ones. The March calendar is ready and looks like it is going to be a very busy month. You can download it off our website at babcockonline.com. Spring is just around the corner!

Babcock Community Care Centre News – February 26, 2024

The monthly birthday party was held for residents celebrating their special day in February. Randy Grey provided the entertainment at the party. Everyone enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream. Birthday wishes are given to Donald Earhart, Buffy Carroll, Bill Hanenburg and Geoff Ewing.

The Super Bowl fans gathered around the large screen television to cheer on their favourite team. Nachos and cheese, salsa and potato chips with a variety of dips were enjoyed during the game.

Valentine’s Day was a fun day at the home. Residents and staff received special valentines, bags of chocolate were passed out to everyone and the King and Queen of Hearts was announced. Residents, family members and staff have been casting votes daily up until the final day when all the votes were counted to see who had the most. Special hearts and other decorations were placed around the home adding to the party. Several residents worked very hard at stringing together hearts of lace using ribbon. Ron Garrison was crowned King of Hearts and Stella Grochocinska was crowned the Queen of Hearts. Congratulations!

Chinese New Year’s was celebrated with a delicious Chinese dinner prepared by the Dietary Department. Family day had lots of family and friends visiting and some joined in playing Big Buck Bingo. Bingo is very popular with several residents and it was scheduled three more times during the week with many lucky winners. Thank you to anyone who contributed extra money during the games. Viking Chess, Euchre, Hoya Cards, Connect 4, Charades, Trivia and a variety of media games keep residents very active and busy. Group exercises and using the Nu-Step cross trainers along with other exercise equipment gives residents a chance to improve on their overall strength and health.

Residents of the Catholic faith attended Communion held in the activity area. The Magic Train Ride this month featured a wall display showing the Vatican City, Rome. It included a walking tour through the city showing museums and other points of interest. The Vatican library houses over 1.6 million books, as well as 75000 manuscripts.

Pirate day was another fun activity program. Pirate eye patches were made for the activity and a treasure hunt was part of the fun. Name tags were made up for each resident with their pirate name. Everyone had a great time. The animal painting craft had residents painting wooden animals such as cats, owls, penguins, butterflies and porcupines. Everyone was given the choice of what animal they wanted to paint, as well as the colour.

The tuck shop cart loaded with a variety of treats and other items was moved around the halls for the convenience of the residents. Residents appreciate their one-on-one visits, where it is all about them. They enjoy hand massages, writing cards, or just visiting. Babcock Community Care welcomes Berdena Postman as their newest resident.