November was a very busy month! We had a great turn out from the community at our annual craft show, enjoyed several entertainers and a Church Service provided by Hillsdale Town and Country Chorus. In addition to our daily activities, each neighborhood made a Grateful Quilt with residents telling what they are thankful for. A special Thank You to the Elks lodge for honoring our Veterans with a swiss steak dinner too!
We’ve started decorating for Christmas and in a week or two we welcome you to stop in and see our over 25 Christmas trees throughout our home. We LOVE Christmas and have neighborhood dinners, carolers, entertainers, and many other activities planned. We will be taking several residents to the Salk as a special treat provided by the theater. We are especially looking forward to the Hillsdale Light Up Parade where our Administrator, Denise Baker will be the Grand Marshall. Many employees will be walking in support behind our decorated bus and transport van.
Coming: January 3rd New Year Celebration! Great Music, Food, Champaign punch, decorations and much laughter as we bring in the new year!
It was great seeing everyone in their Halloween costumes at our Halloween party! Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!
The Hillsdale High School Marching Band Played for our residents on 10/24/2019.
We especially enjoyed hearing the National Anthem but truthfully loved every minute they played!
Recently one of our residents (Edith) had a very enjoyable three-way phone call from Doris and Joan her friends of more than 75 years.
According to Doris, for the 2 years 1945-1946 they went to Thornton Fractional HS in Calumet City, IL. Edith & Joan were neighbors. They were all living in Lansing IL and would take a bus to the high school. The three of them were close friends but then Edith moved away to Michigan after Sophomore year, as they remember it. Doris lost touch with Edith, but Joan always kept in contact with Edith. It has remained that way until now.
Doris eventually moved to Houston TX in the early 1970’s where Joan’s family lived. Joan and Doris now live next door to each other at the Farrington Tanglewood Assisted Living facility in Houston TX.
Joan’s daughter and Verlane (a Life Enrichment Associate at HCMCF) helped the ladies participate in the call. They enjoyed the reminiscing and have plans to phone each other on a regular basis.
These photos of the ladies as Freshman/Sophomore year in in High School (1945/1946).
Summer/Beach Boys music by Kevin Santus , Beach Decorations, a Giant Flamingo, Beach balls, Ice Cream and LAUGHTER! The doors were open wide so those wanting to stay inside could still hear the music. What a fun afternoon!
Rusty (the dog) comes to work with his owner Jennifer. The kitties are Thelma and Louise, they live at the facility. We have many visiting pets and you just never know who is going to show up. Rusty and the cats are well loved and our residents keep them supplied with treats and much love.
All of the pets that visit us provide companionship and entertainment for our residents AND staff!
The Annual carnival is held with the intent of having residents, staff and all of our families spend an afternoon of fun, getting to know each other and building relationships as a giant family. (There are a couple of photos added from previous carnivals as each year has a theme.)
We love outings. Some locations include Baw beese lake for an annual picnic, The annual fair, Wal-Mart and Dollar store, Fall and Christmas light tour, Out to lunch at local restaurants, Gleis, bowling, Binder park Zoo, Hog Creek, the Casino is a favorite, and many other locations. Sometimes we just load up our bus and go for a ride and eat ice cream!
Sometimes we don’t even need a reason, we just party! We also have happy hour a couple of times a month.