Cedar Crest Students Plan Intergenerational Festivities for Cedar Haven Residents

Cedar Crest Students Plan Intergenerational Festivities for Cedar Haven Residents

This is the part of a new series of posts showing how residents #EnjoyLifeWithUs at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center. Ray Truex’s Cedar Crest Middle School Class makes regular visits to Cedar Haven to share activities and festivities with our residents (Ray’s photos above were used with his permission).

This week the CCMS students brought St. Patrick’s Day crafts and cookie decoration supplies to treat our residents to some springtime fun. Learn more as their teacher, Ray, answers a few questions about the class’s involvement at Cedar Haven:

Q: What inspired your class to start regularly visiting the residents at Cedar Haven?

Ray: “We started coming 4 or 5 years ago. I wanted to get the kids out of the building to go make an impact in our community, and while we do a lot of good inside of CCMS for charities, I wanted our kids on a van, interacting with others. My Falcons Care group brainstormed several ideas, and this was the one we chose. Concurrently, I had a friend who was a resident at another facility, and my visits to him prompted me to throw this idea out to the class. Fortunately, it was the one the class chose! We have averaged 5 or 6 visits a year for the past 5 years.”

Q: What have been your favorite activities thus far?

Ray: “While playing games has been an easy activity that allows the kids to get to know the residents, my favorite activities have been the ones where kids actually design the trip’s activities, do prep work, and lead once we arrive. We had two girls lead a trip in December, pre-plan the arts and crafts then lead the activities once we arrived. I was so proud of how they saw it through, start to finish! Our goal is to have kids lead the remainder of our visits.”

 

 

Q: What have you learned from the residents or enjoyed through your interactions with them?

Ray: “I would say that this experience has challenged the kids to step outside of their comfort zone and really see someone else’s world. We look for the glimmer of happiness in resident’s eyes as we interact with them, and the feeling of knowing that they brought joy to someone else’s day has had a lasting impact on the kids. Given the right outlets, kids can amaze you, and I always see sides of kids who I would have never expected. I’ve had parent phone calls, telling me how a daughter couldn’t stop talking about the fun they had at Cedar Haven; I’ve seen kids have a conversation with someone who doesn’t talk back, and get a hug at the end because the conversation was so meaningful; I’ve had kids say they are now considering going into nursing. I have kids routinely asking when the next visit will be. It has been a fantastic experience for all of us, and I hope it has been equally beneficial for your residents!”

 

 

On behalf of all of our residents and all of us at Cedar Haven, we would like to say thank you to this thoughtful group of students and their teacher for taking the time and effort to bring such vitality and enjoyment to our residents. While we have many activities at our facility for our residents to choose from each week, an inter-generational event led by compassionate students is such a treat. We all look forward to each time you come to visit. Thank you and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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“Petey has been a member of the Cedar Haven family for years, and ever since he started volunteering 2 years ago he has become a family member to many of our residents. The yarn circle ladies look at him as one of them and he is a big help in the craft room.” – Marie Anderson, Director of Therapeutic Recreation

“Every Wednesday, Petey and I wind the grandfather clock in the lobby. If it wasn’t for him, I would probably forget! He sits in the lobby once he finishes his jobs for the day and we all enjoy chatting with him when we walk by. Everyone knows Petey!” – Marrissa T.

Petey shared that his favorite aspect of volunteering at Cedar Haven is helping with the exercise class, which takes place once a month. Petey also enjoys helping residents to the craft room and assisting with the yarn circle events. Petey’s mother was a resident at Cedar Haven and he said that he chose to keep coming to Cedar Haven after she passed away because he came to like the residents and the staff members very much.

Please join us in thanking Petey for his volunteer efforts at Cedar Haven! If you are interested in learning more about our volunteers and how you can become a volunteer at Cedar Haven, visit our Volunteer Page.

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This year’s walk will take place in Hershey on April 23, 2017 at Milton Hershey School. The site opens for registration at 12pm and the walk begins at 1pm. While it is FREE to participate in the walk, there is an opportunity to make donations for MS research.

Please join us in thanking Judy for her dedication to volunteering at Cedar Haven and also for her involvement with this worthy cause.

If you are interested in participating in the MS walk or making a donation, you can email Judy at rchilcoatesr@comcast.net or view the Team Robin page on the Walk MS: Hershey website.

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Meet Tom and Pat

Tom and Pat Keefer have been volunteering at Cedar Haven for 16 years. Among other things, Tom often runs the elevator to bring residents downstairs for crafts while Pat assists some residents to the elevators and back to their rooms after activities. Tom and Pat were also involved in bringing their Polka Club to visit the facility in October, which was enjoyed by many.

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Pat Keefer, Marie Anderson, and Tom Keefer

Tom noted that he and his wife “have been blessed with great health and we want to pay it back.”

Pat shared the following concerning her experience volunteering at Cedar Haven: “You really get attached to the residents. I miss them when I don’t go in for some reason. It’s amazing to meet concert violinists and piano players… one resident played the tuba. When I see them, they wave. It’s rewarding and it’s really fun.”

We are very thankful for how our committed volunteers assist our residents on a daily basis. Please join us in thanking Tom and Pat for their service. If you missed it, please be sure to read the volunteer spotlight on Bish Wolf, which was published last month. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Cedar Haven at (717) 274-0421.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bish Wolf

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Meet Bish

Bish Wolf grew up in Lebanon and has been a very regular and dedicated volunteer at our facility over the past 18 years. She typically volunteers at the facility 6 days a week. It all started when she came to visit a friend at the facility.

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Bish said, “I’ve volunteered all my life. A lot of it started when I was a Senior Girl Scout. Our theme was volunteering in the community.”

Bish noted that when she sees a need to help someone with little things, like writing letters to loved ones, she wants to jump in and help. “I’m the kind of person who keeps busy but likes to see results, see a change or a betterment. That’s my attitude in life.”

What a difference her attitude and commitment have made for so many residents at Cedar Haven over the past 18 years. Please join us in thanking Bish for her dedication to volunteering her time for the betterment of others.