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.
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.
Amanda Haupt from Colby Retirement Community
Every 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have all heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home. The kitchen is the hub of the domestic wheel. Many memories are made in the kitchen from baking fresh bread, making fresh baked cookies and then dunking them in coffee or milk, doing our homework at the kitchen table while mom stirs the soup over the stove, or even making craft projects on a huge farm table.
Knowing that memories are important, The Colby Retirement Community and The Neillsville Retirement Community have decided to take on a joint venture and are putting together a cookbook containing recipes that have been obtained from the tenants and families of the communities. What better way to exemplify the importance of memories and togetherness than a cookbook.
At this time over 175 recipes have been submitted, and the number is growing. The plan is to have them printed by mid spring and distributed to each family.
As they page through the cookbook, they will have the opportunity to go down memory lane with familiar recipes. The recipe book will be distributed at local functions and be available to anyone who takes a tour of the communities.