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6 Reasons to Move to Assisted Living This Fall

We are firmly into the season of fall, and quickly we are going to be faced with brutal cold temperatures, icy roads and walks, and snow. This is the time of year to be thinking about deciding to move to an assisted living. We have six reasons to think about when deciding to move:

1. Slips, trips, and falls- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall each year. This means that every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Add unsafe conditions such as ice, snow, and the need to go out to meet your personal needs such as groceries and mail then the chance of falling increases. Assisted living communities can meet these needs.
2. Health monitoring- Assisted living staff can assist with medication monitoring and administration if needed. They can help to ensure that you or your loved one is receiving all of the medications that are needed at the scheduled dose and time. Staff can help with vital sign monitoring. Some communities have physicians who even come to visit their patients in the community.
3. Full service dining- Staff can ensure that you or your loved one is receiving proper nutrition with delicious food. Imagine not having to prepare your meals or clean up after them.
4. Cleaning- Dust accumulates in the winter. Staff is available, and will clean your apartment. They are there to decrease the risk of injury during cleaning such as slipping on mop water, falling while cleaning shower, or losing your balance while dusting.
5. Happy people- Winter in Wisconsin is hard. It is long with short days of light. In assisted living communities, you will be greeted by happy staff there to help. Many assisted livings, have great activities programs. The other tenants are chances to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
6. Reassurance- This is often the main reason for making the move as knowing that a loved one is safe offers reassurance to families. Family members can start visiting loved ones versus providing care or running errands. Tenants also feel reassured that someone will always be there to provide help and care.
This list is just the beginning of the reasons to think of moving to an assisted living. Colby Retirement Community, a premiere assisted living community, provides all of items above as well as many more. Please call Amanda at 715-255-3050 with any questions or to schedule a tour.

Join Us For an August 24th Summer Celebration!

All winter long, we anxiously await the warmth of the summer sun. We long for sunny days with soft breezes and grilled foods. Our Wisconsin selves enjoy the bright white snow, but after months of this beauty we long for the buds of summer full of brilliant scents and colors.
Once it arrives we find ourselves enjoying the outdoors and relishing the time chatting with friends under the summer sky. This year the season has passed quickly and many memories made. We enjoyed bus outings to lunches, scenic drives, shopping trips, and ice cream treats. We have enjoyed musical performances, parades, and learning more of our cultural heritages through games and tasty meals.
We at Colby Retirement Community are looking towards fall, and the changing colors. But, before we jump into the crisp autumn air, we are inviting our families and friends to enjoy a pie and ice cream social with the music of Art Petke. Colby Retirement Community invites everyone to join us on August 24th at 1:15pm for summer’s end social.
Thank you,
Amanda Haupt from Colby Retirement Community

The Fall Tree


The Fall Tree ColbyEvery year we put up our fall tree that is decorated in leaves and a scarecrow. Don, our maintenance man, used a tree branch and a can of silver paint to create the tree. Although everyone has always loved the tree,  this year we want to add a  new decoration to the tree. We are asking everyone who visits from November 1 to November 28, which is Thanksgiving Day, to add a leaf. Each leave will represent the slogan Today I am THANKFUL because….

Here at Colby Retirement we are so thankful for so many things but the one thing that really sticks out is that we are thankful for our extended familyand we are blessed that we all have each other.

“Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day.” Come down to the meadow and we shall play. Put on your dresses of red and gold, for summer is past and the days grow cold”. Dancing and leaping the leaves went along, until winter called them to end their sweet song. Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds, the snow lay a coverlet over their heads.

Colby Retirement Community Wins Excellence in Action Award


On August 26, 2013, the National Research Corporation announced recognition of 628 out of over 8,500 nursing homes, assisted living communities, and independent communities with the 2012-2013 Excellence in Action awards.  This honor recognizes post-acute organizations that achieve a high level of excellence. The ranking is determined by having overall customer or workforce satisfaction levels that fall within the top 10% of qualifying organizations.

 Colby Retirement Community, an assisted living facility located in Colby, WI, is one of the nationwide recipients of this prestigious award for employee satisfaction.   Staff expressed a high job satisfaction in the surveys. Leanne Oelrich, Executive Director, is credited with the management and supervision of her team and creating a supportive work environment where all employees are treated with respect.

The residents have also expressed high satisfaction in their surveys, rating  their experience of  living at Colby Retirement Community as excellent with a high quality of care.   

Congratulations to Leanne and her staff for this achievement of excellence.  

 Excellence in Action group

America’s Dairy State, Wisconsin

We live in America’s dairy state, Wisconsin

 Colby Retirement Community is located in the far Northern part of Clark County. Farmers in Clark County own and mange 440,376 acres which is about 57% of the county’s land. This includes cropland, pastures, tree farms, farm forests, and wetlands. As stewards of the land, farmers use conservation practice, such as crop rotation, nutrient management and integrated pest management to protect environmental resources and provide habitat for wildlife.  

 With harvest season around the corner many residents are talking and reminiscing about the good old days of the hot sun beating down while making hay and harvesting the corn beans and oats. Many are also talking about canning and freezing the produce they grew in their gardens.

 To help the residents remember we have played many games of Fun on the Farm. It’s based on the classic game BINGO. You have a card just like BINGO but the numbers are replaced with pictures of items you would find on a farm. Here is an example of a clue: I am difficult to find any more, but I towered high in the air and my blades, driven by wind, provided energy for pumping water, what am I?  Yes a windmill.

So, please join us for activities anytime.







Enjoying the Classics at Colby


This month for movie night the resident watched the Sound of Music.  So many residents were singing along with Julie Andrews.  Do you remember Sixteen going on Seventeen or Do-Re-Mi? What about Edelweiss or My Favorite Things?  But maybe Climb Ev’ry Mountain will bring back the classic musical that came out in 1965.  The film was based on the book The story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.   The film is about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer who is a widower during World War II.  While watching the movie, the residents reminisced and enjoyed popcorn.

Maybe after reading this blog it will spark you to watch this classic film.  If you do,   I believe you will be singing to the songs like we were.  I’m not sure what movie will be on next month, but I’m sure it will be a classic like the Sound of Music.

Cheese Curd Throwing Contest

Have you ever thrown a cheese curd? Well at Colby Retirement Community we did. On June 26, 2013 we had a cheese curd throwing contest. Yes cheese curds…. not watermelon seeds. We thought it was fitting to throw cheese curds rather than watermelon seeds due to the town we live in. If you are not familiar with Colby Wisconsin we are home of Colby cheese and that’s were cheese curds come from.  

Annually at Colby Cheese Days there is a cheese curd throwing contest. The official name of the event is World Championship Cheese Curd throw. This event will be held July 21, 2013 near the City Hall.

How are curds made? It takes about 10 pounds of quality milk to make 1 pound of curds. The milk is placed into a vat and a coagulant is added. This is a milk clotting enzyme that helps turn the milk into a solid piece of cheese. After the coagulant is added, and cheese curds are formed, the cutting process begins. This process separates the liquid which is the whey and the curds from one another. Once the cutting is done there is a stirring and heating process in the vat. The curd and the whey are stirred by a big strained steal arm while being heated to a desired temperature in the vat. After this process, the whey is drained leaving the curd behind. Eat and enjoy.

cheese curds Colby

 We also enjoyed our homemade ice cream many residents committed on how creamy it tasted.  All the dessert bowls were empty not a scoop was wasted.  

Summer Plans

With the first day of summer soon to be approaching, Colby Retirement is planning a summer fun day for the tenants, families and friends. We will be serving homemade ice cream made by the Executive Director, Leanne. The flavor will be the most common kind available, vanilla.  There will be many toppings to choose from including caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, nuts, and sprinkles.

Recipe Vanilla Ice Cream

1 cup Whole milk

A pinch of salt

¾ cup sugar

I Tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups heavy cream

5 large egg yolks

Heat milk, salt and sugar in a saucepan, until the sugar is dissolved. Turn on lowIn a separate bowl, stir the egg yolks slightly. Gradually pour the cooled milk mixture to the egg yolks, make sure the milk is cooled otherwise the yolks will cook and get lumpy.

Pour that mixture into a saucepan and cook over low heat stirring constantly, heat until thick it should coat a spatula.  Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Add vanilla extract. Put mixture into a bowl of ice to cool. After cooled place mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions of your ice cream maker.

Also, June is National Dairy month and we will be celebrating throughout the month with different cheeses to sample.


Second Grade Students Raise Lettuce for the Residents

Colby lettuce from children

The second grade at Colby Elementary raised lettuce this spring for the Colby Retirement Community. The second grade class had a lesson on sharing and wanted to share the produce with there elderly friends.


Belated Spring in Colby


Spring has been anything but dull here at Colby Retirement Community….we often say we are in the North Woods!!!  This spring, if that’s what you call it this year,  has had more snow, yes, snow showers, than April Showers. The robins have been snowed on more than three times try seven.  With May Day come and gone we are several weeks behind on the spring flowers. The tulips, daffodils and crocus are just popping out. In three to four weeks you will see the beautiful hanging baskets adorn the outside of our building and our vegetable garden will be planted with peas, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and carrots. We just have to have a little more patience with Mother Nature.  I will leave you with a poem about Spring.

Wake up spring

Wake up flowers

Wake up weeds

Wake up frogs

Wake up Seeds

Wake up Bears

Wake up Bees

Wake up spring

Won’t you please?


Spring is the time of plans and projects.

And just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

Happy Spring!