Hannah's Chorus, hosted their 8th annual spring performance and their 16th overall performance! This year's theme was "Broadway Melodies". Family members and residents gathered in our Activity Room and watched with pride as their friends and loved ones sang their hearts out. Our Chorus consists of over 20 active members that have been busily rehearsing each week for the past 5 months to ensure the success of the show. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Alice and Maggie, who make Hannah's Chorus possible! Hannah's Chorus will be starting up again in the fall - anyone who wishes to join Hannah's Chorus, please speak to a member of the Activities department.
Often times with the “Crazy Days of Summer” one recalls cool beverages on warm summer days and the enjoyment of outdoor concerts! On Tuesday, June 13th, it was a glorious day for such an event. With clear skies, the sun-shining, a breeze in the air and the aromatic fragrance of flowering shrubs and ground cover, residents gathered together outside under the tent listening to Mike Higgins’ concert compilation. His strong, expressive voice and acoustic guitar perfection covered mostly rock and blues bands from the ‘70s and ‘80s! Mike’s performance was awesome! Our residents leisurely listened to Mike’s music, enjoyed glasses of refreshing iced-tea, and chit-chat with friends. You could hear many residents, volunteers and even staff singing and humming to familiar songs. It certainly was a special treat enjoyed by all!
Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world. We’re on a mission to end child poverty, and in the last 25 years Red Nose day has raised over $1 billion globally. This year, the Shaw Home contributed $150 to this national event.
This year during National Nursing Home Week (May 14th-20th), the Hannah B. G. Shaw Home staff and residents enthusiastically united together under the theme of “Dress through the Decades”.
To begin the “Roaring 20’s” festivities, Activities staff and residents created feathered headbands and wore vintage Gatsby era hats. Staff even dressed as flappers layered with fringe and sequins. Then ‘cruisin’ into the 50’s listening to songs by Elvis Presley, our residents beat to the music snapping fingers and tapping feet. Activities also discussed two leading ladies of that era, Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day, with interesting facts about their lives. LP Record props were clever centerpieces on the tables where everyone gathered to sip on root beer floats! AND – residents kicked into Debbie’s AM Stretch listening and stretching to a compilation of 60’s music. There were tie dye shirts and other props throughout the activity and community rooms lending to plenty of photo-ops! Reminiscing the 90’s with beanie babies and leading into Bob Saget’s America’s Funniest Videos turned out to be a big success. We watched hilarious videos triggering much laughter from the audience. It was a fantastic week filled with great memories and lots of fun and laughter!
Thank you to all of our staff and residents for making this a great event.
What a great day of crafting, singing and dancing! The Shaw Home reveled in all things spring with our families and friends. Residents and guests were able to partake in flower planting, bird feeder creating, face painting, delicious treats prepared by our culinary team, live music and even the limbo! Many thanks to our vendors and volunteers who made the day a great success!
The staff and residents were surely ready to welcome in the new season. We are having fun with a myriad of spring inspired activities throughout the home!
In many workplaces, teamwork is a plus. Here at the Shaw Home teamwork is invaluable! Our management and staff teams not only proficiently perform their work, but also utilize their time, talent and treasure to further benefit our residents.
This is especially evident with our dining program which has been in full-swing for 3 years. This program is an “all-hands-on-deck” approach where assigned management and staff help cook-to-order breakfast, assist to feed residents and help with all meal-time needs.
Our staff also shine in other areas. Recently during the elections, Business Office Manager, Clem Leary, held forums and provided information about the prospective presidential candidates so that residents could make an informed vote. Clem also meets residents with news events to further stimulate growth and awareness. Our Executive Director, Kristine Donnelly, enjoys running a monthly indoor gardening group. HR Director, Debbie Anderson-Arena, who as a Licensed Yoga Instructor, utilizes her talent to benefit our residents. She delivers weekly programs in meditation for quiet solace, energized chair yoga, chair dancing with props and a robust morning stretch. Debbie incorporates generational music in the programs and props like umbrellas, scarves, canes, and weights to help our residents strengthen and maintain their physical abilities.
Power point presentations are surprising treats that the reception team creates and presents on New Year’s Eve Day. For the past two years, Kendra Perry and Mary Ellen Walker have prepared a presentation with accumulated photos throughout the year. The presentation illustrates events and activities from around the home and are set to specially selected music making the presentation more like a movie. Our residents really enjoy this program!
Each Christmas, residents, their families and staff eagerly anticipate and thoroughly enjoy the many themed Christmas trees and decorations created by our very talented Director of Dining Services, Lisa Perry and Hospitality Manager, Denise Bradley. Together they visualize and express beautiful placement of decorations. It’s a wonderland of beauty when Lisa and Denise are finished designing the space!
Finally, whether behind the lines or right up front, all staff engages each day with residents, providing loving care, assistance with tasks, attending events together - all with personalized individual attention. We are fortunate to have such a terrific team who strives to make each and every day a special day for dear residents. Kudos and thank you to our FANTASTIC TEAM!
Written by Maggie Ward
"About eight years ago, my good friend Alice Carey, a retired JHS music teacher in Middleborough and I went to the movies to see "Young at Heart". This movie documents the true story of the final weeks of chorus rehearsal in Northampton, MA. The average age of the chorus was 81! It was inspiring.
When I was employed at The Shaw Home, I interviewed two potential residents, both of whom expressed a desire to keep singing in a choir, as singing was such a big part of their lives. I thought that if this can be done elsewhere, then why couldn't we do it in Middleborough! I approached Alice who volunteered to assist the group's start-up. That was eight years ago and the chorus is still thriving! Three of our current chorus members have been with us since the beginning.
The chorus practices weekly and performs for friends and relatives bi-annually. It is important to note that this is not a sing-a-long but an actual chorus open to all Residents. Each concert has a theme and our members love learning all the new song lyrics. Our most recent performance was held on Saturday, January 21st and featured popular movie songs from the 1930's through the 1990's, such as "Singing in the rain, Animal crackers in my soup, and San Francisco". If you would like to hear more about joining the chorus or what's coming next, please speak to an Activities associate for more information!
Every holiday is fun to celebrate, but something about Christmas seems extra special; the decorations, the lights, the sounds of the season, the memories. The Shaw Home Holiday Social was nothing short of spectacular. The refreshments prepared by our Culinary Team went above and beyond, as they oftentimes do. Many thanks to Residents, Ray and Donald, who each shared their talents with the group; Ray leading in old-fashioned Christmas carols and Donald keeping up on the piano.
Tiny tea cups adorned rows of tables at the Home. Our culinary team created delectable items for all to enjoy. Things like bacon wrapped scallops, cucumber finger sandwiches, turkey pinwheels, cookies and pastries were all gobbled up. The glimmer of candles atop the tables set an ambience that brought many loving memories to Residents and Staff alike. This event is greatly anticipated each year and everyone can't wait until the next one!
It was a great day for a festival! The hallways rang with the tiny voices and laughter of children. Folks of all ages enjoyed the cuddles of the farm babies that visited and many held bunnies, baby chicks and ducklings wrapped up snuggly in receiving blankets. Guests and residents decorated sugar pumpkins with paints, gems, stickers, and yarn. Each one was lovely and so very different. Many thanks to Williams Trading Post, Spillane's Nursery & Landscape, Nessralla Farm, Home Depot, and Lowe's for the generous donation of pumpkins for our event! What festival would be complete without old fashioned fried dough! Our Dining Services team is always cooking up delicious treats!
Winxnet, our Technical Support Team, hosted their second annualIce Cream Social this month. Residents and staff enjoyed delicious Mint Chocolate Chip, Nutty Cone & Fudge Ripple ice cream. The ice cream was delicious and there was even a choice of ten different toppings! Many residents filled the room to enjoy this wonderful treat! What a great way to end the summer! We had a sing-along lead by our very own resident, Ray Danis, to add a little extra joy to the day! We want to give a big thank you to Winxnet for making the second annual ice cream social a great success!
We are elated to announce that The Hannah B.G. Shaw Home has once again been selected to be a part of the exciting Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program designed to create revenue streams for nonprofits like us.
For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma message purchased during October at the Middleboro Hannaford, $1 will be donated to our organization!
To learn more about this amazing opportunity, please visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
The American Legion Post 64 has offered a coffee social to our Veterans each month for the past three years. They come in with great smiles and energy bringing our Veterans donuts as they gather in our Community Room for a discussion group. The great relationships that have been built in these past three years are priceless. The group also presents a Flag Folding Ceremony each year at our Annual summer cookout. The volunteers we would like to thank for their ongoing efforts are Bob Burke, Dave Singer, Paul Provencher, Mary Standish, Tex Washington, Walter Campbell, and Paul Kreitzberg. Thank you for your time and dedication to our residents, they truly look forward to and enjoy your visits!
All aboard the Hannah Belle!
It was a beautiful summer day for a ride to Fort Phoenix. This State Reservation, a small Massachusetts state park on Buzzards Bay in the town of Fairhaven, combines historic features, scenic views and a variety of recreational facilities. Minutes from downtown New Bedford, the park contains a half-mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront. Adjacent to the park is Fort Phoenix, a national landmark Fort which gives the park its name. From the ramparts remnants, one can gaze across the bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, to the rolling meadows of the Elizabeth Islands.
The Residents enjoyed the warm sunshine and the ocean breeze at a picnic at the beach. CNA, Linda Tripalone, ensured everyone had their SPF prior to departing and the Dietary team prepared a wonderful packed lunch, including delicious homemade cookies. Activities staff set up picnic tables and chairs so our Residents could dine by the ocean in style!
There is nothing more enjoyable than lunch by the Bay watching the boats sail by! A few took a walk up to the top to see the spectacular views and the old war cannons. We all can't wait for the next trip!
On behalf of the Staff and the Residents of the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home, we would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for the support provided to us during our big event! We couldn't have asked for a better day for such a momentous celebration! We think that Hannah would be proud of how we have served our community and each other over the last 75 years! The day included great BBQ food provided by our talented culinary team, live music, flag ceremonies by the Middleboro Veteran's Honor Guard and much more! The children were busy at play with Barn Babies petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and learning about our town Fire Department. Everyone had the opportunity to view antique vehicles, including a 1934 Middleboro Fire Truck. All were welcomed into our Home for complimentary guided tours. We can't wait to celebrate our 80th Anniversary in five short years!
Nursing Home Week! Our week started off with Sports Day! Residents and staff represented their favorite teams, indulged in burgers and ballpark franks, and then participated in a bubble gum guessing game. Tuesday’s Happy Hour was fun; everyone celebrated with a “CHEERS”! For midweek celebrations on Wednesday, staff and residents posed for a Wild Wild West photo shoot followed by a chocolate money guessing game. Thursday was all about Root Beer Floats followed by a candy rootbeer barrel guessing game. Concluding on Friday, we held an amazing Luau! Our kitchen staff provided cool and refreshing Pina Coladas followed by a candy necklace guessing game. These guessing games were held daily and residents and staff guessed how many items were in jars. The winners, one staff and one resident, won $10.00 gift cards to stores in the area. This was truly a busy, exciting and amazingly memorable week!
The following dietary staff members are now ServSafe certified:
· Lisa Perry – Director of Dining Services
· Christal Alvernaz – Cook Supervisor
· Paul Humphries – Cook Supervisor
· Janelle Bradley – Cook Supervisor
· Denise Bradley – Hospitality Manager
ServSafe program is completed every 5 years. All materials are reviewed during a 5-6 hour session, followed by an exam of 100 questions. Some of the topics covered are micro-world, contamination and food allergens, the safe food-handler, flow of food and food preparation, sanitation and food safety regulations and standards.
All of the materials we have learned are shared with all staff. Taking the time to explain why, when, and how we do things a certain way helps the staff to understand the importance of correct procedures of food handling.
Christal Alvernaz, Lisa Perry, Paul Humphries, Janelle Bradley, Denise Bradly.
March was national Pasta & Sauce month! To celebrate this year, we had a pasta luncheon where our Residents could choose from a varity or pastas or try them all! Seafood Jambalaya, Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce and Butternut Squash Sauce served on Gnocchi (Potato Pasta), with Italian Bread and yes don’t forget the Wine! We certainly had some interesting dishes to choose from this year while enjoying some excellent entertainment from Candida Rose. This was certainly a tasty and fun fill afternoon! Thank you to the Dietary Department!
Tara Stuart a Thirty-One Consultant for almost 5 years held a fundraiser asking her Thirty-One customers, family and friends to sponsor a Zipper Pouch-Care Package for newly deployed troops. The goal was to have enough sponsors for “31” care packages and once the goal was met she would have the residents from The Shaw Home prepare and fill the care-packages on behalf of the troops. These care packages (Zipper Pouches) included things like playing cards, beef jerky, chewing gum, crosswords and other hygiene essentials. Well the goal was met and in February a number of the Memory Care residents participated in the task of filling these care packages. Tara brought her 5 year old son, Noah, along as well and he had a great time helping out as everyone did. It was nice to see how a community can really come together from all ages and help support our troops overseas. These care-packages are just one way we can honor our newly deployed troops and brighten their day! We would like to thank everyone for their sponsorship. Thank you for making it a successful fundraiser.