I really missed the boat today, I didn't have my ever ready camera on hand at work and we had some interesting visitors come to the Nursing Home. Oh yeh, just in case you haven't heard it is nursing home week and we usually have all kinds of activities going on for the residents. Monday we had a limo ride for those who were able. They took a ride into a near by City of Holland to see the tulips and stopped for ice cream at the Dairy Queen. Some have never been in a car like this ever or even seen one.
But back to today we had pet visits, we often have pets come in to visit but its the usual dog or cat, today we had a sweet miniature pony, several goats full grown and babies, bunnies and several dogs who also happen to be pets of different staff members.
It was so cute to see the reactions of many residents when they saw that pony. Her name was Joy and she had been rescued after being abandon and left to die, I didn't catch the whole story because, after all I was supposed to be working and not petting the animals, but some kind someone took her and nursed her back to health. She is now pampered and goes different places making people happy just to be able to touch a horse. I saw her actually put her head on one of the residents laps so she could be petted, so cute!!! anyway I could have kicked my self for not having my camera.
Tomorrow we have a cook out scheduled so hopefully it will be nice enough that some can get outside on the patio. Everyone loves a cook out and they all eat better when we do stuff like this.
We also have a bowling tournament going on, the administrator's children have one of those wii games and they have been coming in all week with it. Many of the residents have actually been competing against each other to win this tournament, its good fun and they don't realize they are exercising and getting some much needed physical range of motion while playing a game and having fun.
It makes for a busy day and alot of planning for all the staff to get everyone gathered together but its worth it to see the smiles and hear the laughter.