From the Desk of . . . . .
The little mill town of Lyman, where Jane and I reside, is the home of Taylor Auto Sales. It is one of our leading locally owned businesses and out front as part of their sign is a message board. When not promoting our very good Byrnes High Rebels football team, the Taylorís use this space for inspirational and motivational sayings. With football season well behind us, with Byrnes winning their fourth consecutive State Championship, we have returned to the messages. Last week, in all fairness to Rick Warren author of The Purpose Driven Life, was the simple but profound thought, "The purpose of life is to live life with a purpose."
As we begin the New Year and our seventh year on our Eden Journey, what better time for all of us here at Mountainview to take that message to heart. All of our jobs have a purpose as part of the care giving team. However, if we are going to continue with our promise of culture change we all must have that purpose in mind as we go about our tasks.
With each edition of The Mountainview Breeze this coming year, all of our contributing staff writers will be reporting on their efforts to further instill a purpose of Culture Change in their work. Many exciting things are planned for the coming year both inside the building and outside as well. We are glad you are a part of this once in a lifetime experience as we forever change the delivery of long-term care.
Please visit with us often.
Wilson K. Dillard, Administrator
WHATíS FOR DINNER?
The importance of the dining table and the experiences around it cannot be overly emphasized. Think back to the many experiences of eating with family and friends. There are certain sights and smells that can lead to fond memories and a longing for new experiences.
Whatís for dinner? The beef industry says, "Beef, itís whatís for dinner!" Well, the question lends itself to a broader answer. Studies have shown the value of families eating together. Children who eat together with their families do better in school, get along better with others, learn valuable traditions, and learn manners. The children say they enjoy eating as a family and that it makes their family stronger.
I think we agree with these findings and could have predicted the outcome of the study(ies). The value of the table does not diminish as one goes through life. In fact, I predict that it is just as important. The opportunity to sit at the table and fellowship together as we nurture our body, mind, and soul holds importance for all of us.
Whatís for dinner? Thank you for asking. A person needs choices from which to choose. I like a made to order breakfast, my eggs over easy, and put a strip or two of bacon on the side. I like hominy grits and maybe a hot biscuit right out of the oven. I like my food appealing to the eye and the palate. I enjoy the aromas. However, I enjoy the people most. I really donít like eating alone. There is a value to waiting for everyone to get to the table, after it has been properly set and the food arranged. The tradition of saying grace and passing the food. The value of fellowship and safety at the table.
At Mountainview, food and dining is an important part of our daily living. We like our made to order breakfast and the choices of foods as we gather around our tables. Somehow I get the feeling that the dining experience is only going to get better. It is part of home. It is a part of me, family, friends and neighbors, See you around the table. There is magic there, and magic words Ė welcome, thank you, and do come again!
Keith E. Taylor
NEWS FROM ACTIVITIES
Happy New Year everyone! Thank God we made it through to 2006. We hope that this year will hold some good events and that dreams and wishes will be fulfilled for everyone. Our Activity calendars are posted on each neighborhood and in each room so please take note of daily happenings so you donít miss out on anything. We thank all of the churches and schools that remembered out elders by providing gifts for those who no longer have family to do that. Thanks to all our family members who brought gifts to put under the Christmas tree for your loved one. The Christmas parties that were held in each neighborhood went great! I am a little partial to Eastside Village because that is the neighborhood I work with the most. I say all of this to say a thank you to Linda Riddle, CNA for coordinating the program for Eastside Village. Way to go Linda! Thanks to Mrs. Martha Mathisí grandchildren for participating in the program; they were absolutely a delight.
To the "Tippers" from Spartanburg High School: We thank you for hosting your annual Christmas party for our residents, as well as providing gifts for them, we sure do love you! Mr. Chris White and the Tippers have truly been a blessing to Mountainview.
Welcome to all of our new employees and residents. Last but not least we say thanks to all our volunteers who served so faithfully in 2005. We look forward to your continued support in 2006.
Until Next Time. . . . . . . . .
Gloria Crocker, Activities
News from Medical Day Care
Medical Day Care wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Ms. Emma says there is not much news from their department this month. All are well and happy at this time. Medical Day Care has one new admission and he is Mr. William Godfrey. We hope he enjoys spending his days with us.
Catherine Gaffney, January 15th
Helen Craig, January 29th
Georgia Burgess, January 30th
Emma Lawing, MDCD
RESIDENT BIRTHDAYS FOR JANUARY, 2006
01 Geneva Suber
05 Lula Crenshaw
12 Hattie Lee
13 Larry Smith
17 Joyce Simpkin
18 Carroll Horton
20 Kathleen Dobslaw
20 Annie Moore
22 Mary Horton
24 Mae Amos
31 Bernice Phillips
31 Geneva Pack
Staff Birthdays for January, 2006
01 Geneva Worthy
02 Brenda Kearns
04 Linda Wyatt
10 Vanessa Thompson
18 Audrey Lee
18 Sherry Wheeler
25 Sandra Campbell
30 Ida Glover
31 Willie Jeter
31 Keith Trout
31 Jenny Birch
Distinguished Service for January, 2006
Doris Byrd, 15 years
Virginia Bennett, 13 years
Cindy Floyd, 10 years
Percilla Harper 3 years
Joy Rice, 1 year
Lynn Smith, 1 year
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your service. We couldnít do it without you.
Clemson Fan Club
The Greater Mountainview Clemson Tiger Fan Club wishes to thank the USC ĖGamecock Fan Club for a delightful luncheon. Although the menu was not home cooking the pizzas reminded all of us how the Gamecocks played Ė FLAT!
The Gamecock Fans enjoyed serving the Clemson Fans and we took the loss in stride as always but you just Ė WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR. GO GAMECOCKS!!!!!!
~Ralph and Sue
THREE SNAKE RULE
James Barksdale is CEO of Netscape. One of his maxims that endeared him to his employees was formulated at a management retreat soon after he took charge. Itís known as his three snake rule.
THE FIRST RULE; If you see a snake, kill a snake. Donít set up a snake committee. Donít set up a snake user group. Donít write snake memos. Kill it.
THE SECOND RULE: Donít play with dead snakes. (Donít revisit decisions.)
THE THIRD RULE: All opportunities start out looking like snakes.
VALENTINES DAY PARTY
FEBRUARY 14, 2006
9:30 AM Ė 3:30 PM
THERE WILL BE RAFFLE TICKETS FOR SALE FOR THREE GIFTS TO BE RAFFLED OFF!
TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED STARTING JANUARY 16TH IN THE ACTIVITY DEPARTMENT.
ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY INCLUDE:
A BAKE SALE - ALL DAY
FLEA MARKET- ALL DAY
BALLOON BOUQUETS Ė SOLD THROUGHOUT THE DAY
A HOT DOG LUNCH SALE WILL START AT 11:30 AM ~
PLAN TO EAT LUNCH WITH US!
ITíS ALSO NATIONAL "HUG DAY"
DONíT FORGET TO HUG EVERYONE THAT DAY
If anyone has any treasures youíd like to donate, please bring them to the Activity Department by February 13th. We also need bake sale items and would appreciate any donations that you can make. All proceeds will be for special activities throughout the year. We hope to see you on February 14th!
Thanking you in advance!!
The Activities Department
A Note from Westside Gardens. . .
A Note from Eastside Village:
GREETINGS FROM NORTHERN ESTATES
Rhonda Young, Activities Assistant
Carol Hodge, DON
Rosemary Price, RN Second Shift Supervisor
We welcome you to Mountainview and hope you will soon feel at home here.
WELCOME NEW NURSES
We would like to introduce our new Director of Nursing and our new Second Shift Supervisor to all of you.
Our new DON is Mrs. Carol Hodge. She is married and has a 17 year-old daughter and two dogs. She was born in Chicago and has lived in California, New York and North Carolina. She currently lives in Duncan and has been in this area for about thirty years. She has been a nurse for about 20 years. She has worked in medical / surgery, dialysis, cardiology, Home Health and Long Term Care. She has her license as a Resident Care Facility Administrator and is a Certified Director of Nursing Administrator in Long Term Care. " Iím very happy to be here and look forward to working with staff and residents here at Mountainview," states Mrs. Hodge. We are very happy to have her join us and look forward to working with her.
Our Second Shift Supervisor is Ms. Rosemary Price. She gave me her age but we wonít publish that, however her birthday is May 3rd. Rosemary graduated from Mary Black School of Nursing in May of 1986. She was in Emergency Nursing and was a traveling nurse for many years. She has been a second shift supervisor in Long Term Care for 3 years and loves it. She is very crafty and in her free time she likes to dabble in oil painting, she sews, does quilting and states there are to many crafts to tell about. She also likes to teach.
She has one adult child who is married and she has a grandson who is 17 years old and one granddaughter who is 16 years old. She loves animals and has 5 dogs, 14 cats and 2 birds. She likes the idea of culture change and is excited about the renovations we will be doing this year.
"The only people that you should ever want to get Ďevení with are those who have helped you."
Care Plans - February, 2006
Plan of Care meetings are held on Tuesday of each week. We encourage family members to attend if possible. You may set up a meeting time by calling Evelyn Pitts, RN at 582-4175.
340 Cedar Springs
Road ē Spartanburg, SC
29302 ē (864) 582-4175