What better way to celebrate the cooler weather, changing leaves and the harvest season than at our Fourth Annual Fall Festival! Residents, staff, and community members attended an array of activities hosted at the Home. The autumn season doesn’t merely suggest Halloween happenings; this time of year is also ripe for colorful festivals focused on everything from fried dough to cider, pumpkins and other delectable treats! AND – because of the generous pumpkin donations from local businesses, our residents and many young visitors selected a personal pumpkin to paint and decorate featuring characters like Elmo and witches with yarn hair and google eyes spattered with a rainbow of colors. To add to the excitement, there was face-painting, bowling, storytelling of “The Great Pumpkin” and a visit from the barn-yard animals, which included baby chicks, goats, bunnies! Let’s not forget the delicious desserts presented from our Dietary Department. It was a splendid day for all.
Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Here at the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home, residents and staff actively supported Alzheimer’s on Purple Day, Friday, September 15th. Together we walked outside on the property, raising awareness of this progressive disease by wearing purple pins that were fashioned the day before. Also, for any staff wearing purple, their name was entered into a drawing. The lucky winner of this drawing was Lisa Perry, Director of Dining Services, and she received a purple Lokai bracelet which signifies “Stay Humble, Stay Hopeful.”
Then on Saturday, September 16th, some of our staff actively engaged in the official “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” in Plymouth. Overall, it was a great campaign where the Hannah B.G. Shaw Home held many fund raising events and received pledges totaling $ 880.00 for Alzheimer’s research and awareness.
On Friday, August 18th, for the ninth consecutive year, employees of the Hannah BG Shaw Home attended the Employee Appreciation Event. Each staff member along with a guest could attend this event. The party started outside and due to the heavy rain we moved inside but this didn’t put a damper on the festivities. Everyone assisted in moving the party into our Community Room where the Dietary Department provided an outstanding menu serving up: buffalo chicken egg rolls, bruschetta & cheesy garlic bread, calzones, herb stuffed tomatoes, Caesar pasta salad, shrimp with avocado & cucumber bites and much more. There were also cocktails and fine desserts for everyone’s enjoyment.
Dave Valero delivered a light and lively culmination of 70’s to current music repertoire. We had many free raffle prizes including a Patriot’s Themed Basket, Wine & Cheese Basket, Beer Basket, Thirty One Bag, scratch tickets and numerous gift certificates.
The main focus was to recognize and award the following employees for their years of service:
30 years – Lisa Perry, Director of Dining Services
15 years – Bob Salomaa, Director of Property Management
and Brenda Arruda, Clinical Supervisor
10 years – Janelle Bradley, Cook Supervisor
5 years - Jennifer Boyce, Director of Activities; Cristina Heap, RC CNA;
Courtney Wilder, per diem CNA, and Ruth Betts, Dietary Assistant.
It was a wonderful evening and fun was had by all.
All aboard! The residents got away for the day and enjoyed a lovely boat ride on the Cape Cod Canal. There was joy all around, between the wind in their hair, the salty air, and exploring the wonderful ocean. The residents said they were glad they got to go on this adventure and they really enjoyed themselves.
The Café was opened for our residents delight with a Wine and Cheese Social.
The social was off to a great start, with the serving of red and white wine, beer, and soda accompanied by cheddar cheese & crackers, and an award winning bruschetta snack.
Activities Staff and Reception encouraged a group sing-along with patriotic songs, old-time favorites, and Irish ballads. Singing could be heard through-out the main lobby and near-by neighborhoods.
Hats off to our fantastic Dietary Department for delicious snacks and beverages! AND – a warm heartfelt thank you to all of our residents in attendance!
Another great family cookout in the books! Everyone had a smile on their face, and still had a great time even thought the weather was a bit chilly. The music kept everyone warm from all the fun dancing.
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!