February is upon us and we are reminded of the spirit of love. We smile when we see the love in our residents’ eyes when they cradle a baby, enjoy pet therapy, are visited by children, see a familiar face or participate in an activity they are passionate about.
It is our goal that every day the residents would find meaning and purpose and that their eyes would light up at some point during each day. We find joy in these moments that the residents feel love, delight and purpose.
We are thankful for volunteers who steadily come to visit our residents and spend quality time with them. Watching these relationships bud and grow and the happiness that comes along with our amazing volunteer is incredible!
We hope that this month you will also find joy in each day – in the little moments that we may sometimes overlook and that you would be filled with happiness as you spend precious moments with your loved ones.
We are grateful for our residents – how they touch our lives, mold our hearts and make lasting impressions on each of us. We genuinely love our residents and are so thankful to have them as part of the Madison Heights family!
Our sweet residents have loved cuddling with these babies that the storks have delivered.
February 18 – Kathleen B.
February 28- Bob L.
We were able to send a group of staff to learn from dementia expert, Teepa Snow.
Forever Friends make the best neighbors for your loved one…and earn you a credit!
If you know a friend or family member that could benefit from moving their loved one to Madison Heights, please contact Laura at 706-364-8707. If the referred family moves their loved one in, you will receive a $1000 credit on your rent after 90 days of their occupancy! With the holiday season coming, this is a great benefit to both families!
A support group led by a Madison Heights staff member meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 at the Alzheimer’s Association. If this date or time is not convenient for you, contact Beth at the Alzheimer’s Association at (706) 860-4599 for information on additional support groups.
All family members or caregivers of someone with a dementia diagnosis are welcome to attend. Don’t forget to invite others who you think would benefit from additional support.
Our residents were busy with art therapy this month! We were visited by the Morris Museum of Art, Shali’s Artery and Angelika Bondar with the Artists Guild.
Name: Akiko (Toni) Hagen
Toni’s Past: Born in Japan, Toni came to America after getting married. She has five children – three boys and two girls. She was a seamstress who opened her own alteration shop after leaving JB White’s.
Toni’s Hobbies: Toni enjoys dogs, children, art and loves to go on outings. She enjoys spending time with her friends in her building and enjoying the courtyard when the weather is warm.
Dancing a cold dreary afternoon away. This life station is a hit with many of our
gentlemen who like to stay busy.
Associate of the Month
Congratulations to Tristan for being chosen as the Associate of the Month!
Tristan was chosen as Associate of the Month because she is friendly, loving, patient and always has a smile on her face. She gets along great with residents, family members and staff. Tristan remains calm in difficult situations and always behaves professionally.
Tristan says that she enjoys her job because it feels like her home away from home.
She went on to say, “This has been the best job I have ever had because it is something I have a passion for and love to do.”
This month we enjoyed our visit to Artsy Me and to the movies to see Mary Poppins Returns.
If you notice an associate going above and beyond their normal job duties please notify Christen at firstname.lastname@example.org so that that they can be recognized with a Madison Heights Champion award.
Please check to make sure the doors are closed securely when you leave a building.
We would appreciate your help in making sure that all important documents and bills are being sent to the responsible party, and not Madison Heights.
Our residents love visitors whether family, friends or volunteers. As wonderful as visitors are, sometimes visitors can be distracting. If your loved one gets easily distracted during meal times we would kindly request that you save your visit for after meal times or wait patiently unseen until your loved one is finished eating. We want to make sure our residents are receiving as much nutrients as possible and appreciate your cooperation.
Jenga, puzzles, and Monopoly – these activities are fun for our residents and are great activities for brain health.
Going forward, our visiting dentist, Dr. Spicer, will be private pay and will require advance payment prior to cleaning. Please contact Jackie if you would still like of your loved one to get their teeth cleaned in house.
If you would like to switch to our in-house physician, Doctor Naseem, please see Jackie to fill out a consent form.
The podiatrist will be visiting Madison Heights every other month. His next visit will be on Thursday, December 20. To make an appointment for your family member, contact Jackie.
The Madison Heights vehicle will be available on Tuesdays to help assist residents to medical appointments. Please speak with Jackie at least two weeks in advance if you would like to utilize this service to ensure that the vehicle is available during your requested appointment time.
We are always all smiles during music therapy!