Pine Haven staff and local businesses uplifting residents’ spirits during this challenging time
Amidst the general discouraging news, there are positive stories about people coming together locally for others. Senior care facilities are being creative in how they engage their residents
Sheboygan Falls, WI — March 31, 2020 — Even before the “Safer at Home” law went into effect, local businesses were already stepping forward to brighten the day for the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities. On March 23, Rick Henschel of Rick’s House of Flowers delivered all their pre-arranged bouquets to Pine Haven for their dining areas. Then on Tuesday, he delivered all the fresh cut flowers so the residents could create arrangements on their own.
When Sheboygan Christian School learned that their planned fundraiser was going to be canceled, they delivered all the daffodil centerpieces for Pine Haven’s nursing home.
Members of the community have created cards for residents. The staff encourages this to be ongoing and request that the cards be dropped off in any of their vestibules in plastic containers which allow the staff to sanitize them before they are brought into the facility.
Life enrichment staff at Pine Haven is working additional hours as they have to be more creative with activities. One of the most popular has been scheduling Facetime® for individual residents to connect with families. Most residents have never used technology like this and are surprised they can see and talk with loved ones live. Using Facetime, one resident met his great granddaughter for the first time.
Families are also finding new means to connect such as bringing children to play outside in the courtyard while their family member(s) watch through the window. Messages written on whiteboards by the residents allow for alternate communication. Some of those messages are bringing hope beyond today such as the woman who wrote a message to her husband in Heaven and sent it skyward.
Using an internal television channel already in place, Pastor Dave, Pine Haven’s chaplain, recorded a message that played on each resident room TV. His words of maintaining a peaceful spirit and relying on faith instead of succumbing to fear drew comments of assurance when residents spoke with staff. Going forward there will be other dedicated programming on that channel.
One of the most popular activities of all, Bingo, has a new twist. Typically 40 or more residents would play the game every Wednesday. Following the rule of nine or less gathered together, one staff member now calls Bingo for eight residents who are at least six feet apart. The need for more staff and activity spaces so life can go on somewhat as usual has made it necessary to reallocate space. Places like the salon and lobby which are not in operation during this, are being utilized for activities.
“All three of the Pine Haven campuses are following the CDC guidelines so visitors are not allowed during this time Our staff has done an amazing job and local businesses and individuals have been so generous to ensure our residents feel supported. Generally each resident is thankful and they understand these are unique times. Our Christian values and care continue as the foundation for all we do,” said Martina Wessels, Life Enrichment Manager at Pine Haven.
Pine Haven Christian Communities began by local churches in 1950. Today they offer a full continuum of care including independent living duplexes, assisted living apartments, memory care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite. The Pine Haven mission is to provide a Christ-centered, safe haven offering quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit www.pinehaven.org or call 920-467-2401.