Babcock Community Care Centre News – December 18, 2023

Residents were excited to go on the bus tour and experience the dazzling drive through the display of the “Magic of Lights” located at the Ska Nah Doht Conservation area. Special thanks to the volunteers and staff that have assisted during the trips. The weather has co-operated nicely and so far two separate bus loads of residents have enjoyed the beautiful display. Residents gathered in the activity room to create their very own Christmas ornaments for their own use to enjoy or give to a friend or family member. They had samples to look at as they worked away at their ornaments.

The mock evacuation by the fire department was cancelled due to another emergency and will be set up at a later date. Bingo was held several times during the week with a lot of very lucky winners. A large group of residents played “Bullseye.” Media pictures were displayed on the floor and they used pool noodles to interact with the reflections at their feet. Everyone had a great time as well as a good exercise program. The men’s club gathered and caught up on the daily local news. They also participated in a challenging game of table hockey. Some family members decided to join in on the fun. Treats and refreshments were served to everyone.

Reverend Deb Dolbear-VanBilsen held worship services for those residents wanting to attend. Mary Lou DePelsmaeker gave rosary to residents of the Catholic faith. A social time followed. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment program performed by Crystal St. Denis. The Java music club met in the activity area. Their topic for the meeting was “Learning and Growing.” Two family members joined the session and everyone enjoyed a variety of Keurig coffee, along with some special treats. Mary Wootton played a variety of Christmas tunes much to everyone’s enjoyment. The “word surf board” was set up in the large dining area so everyone could join in on the fun. The guessing game involved anyone who just happened to be passing by as well.

Jeremy Smith entertained residents with his musical program. He had the crowd really involved with his country and Christmas songs. The 12 days of Christmas giveaway prize draws for staff were made. One lucky staff member’s name will be drawn each day for the next 12 days and will receive a different gift each day. Each of the 12 days residents and staff are asked to wear a specific outfit relevant to the upcoming holiday celebrations. This coming week staff members will be treated to a Chinese food dinner along with a variety of cheesecakes.

Hoya cards are always popular with everyone. Jeopardy is also a favourite game played by residents and is always mind stimulating. On movie night “Christmas in Connecticut” was viewed by residents. Popcorn and refreshments were served during the showing. Wanda the storyteller and friends visited and depicted the story of Jesus being born by flannel graph. Residents already have had a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to make sure they are being nice. They all passed with flying colours! Residents had pictures taken with the Claus family and really enjoyed their visit. Thank you to Nina and Ron Swackhammer for your visit.

The tuck shop cart was set up for residents wanting to purchase any items they may require. Everyone looks forward to the mail delivery each day during this time of the year. Christmas cards are still a popular item with families and friends.  Drumfit class was set up in the large dining area to accommodate everyone. Residents requested they have Drumfit and Christmas carols. The Nu-Step cross trainers are very busy in the activity area with residents using them to get in their daily exercise routine. Group exercise programs are always busy. One on one visits are always appreciated by residents as well as hand massages.

Birthday wishes are sent out to Jimmy Every, Norman Fenn, Ann George and Wilfred Driver who are all celebrating their special day in the month of December. The monthly birthday party was held on December 14th with Randy Grey providing the entertainment. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary wishes are given to Wilfred and Donna Driver on December 17th. If you are not feeling well or experiencing flu like symptoms please postpone your visit here. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Belmira Machado. Babcock Community Care welcomes Maria Oliveria as their newest resident.

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