Planting Tomatoes with Mike!

Everyone knows that at Countryside, one of our all-time favorite summer activities is gardening! Last week, one of our long-time friends Mike came to help the ladies plant tomatoes in our backyard.

For the past year, Mike has been coming every week as a volunteer with St. Bridget’s Church in Framingham to help out with communion. Knowing the ladies love gardening so much, he came to us with the idea of planting tomatoes and we couldn’t have been more excited!

Our activities calendar is always full of fun events, and we will continue to share pictures of them throughout the summer here.

June Activities Calendar

June 2016 Activities

Can you believe June is finally here? This summer we have many outdoor activities planned – Bocce, Golfing, Horseshoes, you name it! We’ll be taking every chance we get for fun in the sun. 
 
We have three birthdays to celebrate (ice cream anyone?) as well as some exciting guests, so be sure to follow us on Facebook for coverage of our summertime activities! Countryside Facebook Page
June Activities Calendar

Visit from Pinefield Garden Club

Every year, the wonderful ladies from Pinefield Garden Club visit to help get our outdoor space summer-ready. After April (and even May) showers, it was great to get some long overdue sunshine!
 
Everyone worked together on filling the flower pots and planting them in the backyard, which is now more beautiful than ever. We are thankful for the help of the Pinefield Garden Club and will admire the flowers all season long!

 

 

May Activities Calendar

May 2016 Activities

Spring has finally sprung, which means we will be getting outside every chance that we get!

In addition to Mother’s Day, we will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week (5/8-5/14) with daily events, outings, entertainers, and much more. Stay tuned for activity updates!

Senior Health & Wellness Fair 2015

MetroWest’s Senior Health & Wellness Fair

Countryside Nursing Home was in attendance at this year’s MetroWest’s Senior Health & Wellness Fair hosted by Senator Spilka.

It was a fun and informative day of where health care and elder services organizations shared information on the type of services they provide. Many seniors and caregivers attended workshops on health programs, benefits and wellness activities.

We look forward to next year’s Senior Health & Wellness Fair!

Senior Health Fair Collage

Lynn Power, Admissions Coordinator at Countryside Nursing Home

 

October Activities Calendar

 

October Activities Calendar

We are falling into Autumn and soon there will be frost on the pumpkin! We’re looking forward to our “mini-peepers” trip to look at the beautiful foliage. There will be volley balloon, movie matinees, card games, and of course a Halloween Party! Happy Birthday to all of our October birthday residents.

 

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Note: Activities can be subject to change.

Pet Therapy in Nursing Homes

Meet Midas, our beautiful pet therapy dog. Many years ago Judy Christensen adopted this Shepard/Husky mix because of his sweet loving nature and named him Midas because of the color of his fur.  But we think Midas has adopted Countryside Nursing Home!

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Pet Therapy in Nursing Homes

Midas’ weekly visits have made such a difference in our resident’s lives. One resident who no longer spoke would say “Hi Beautiful” when Midas came through the door. Another one of our ladies once had a lifelong fear of dogs and now she pets and talks to him.

Research has proven how beneficial pet therapy in nursing homes can be for elderly. Regular visits with pets, usually dogs, can have positive physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Physical benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and reducing overall stress. Emotional benefits include decreasing loneliness through the physical interaction. Anxiety and depression are also decreased.

Pet therapy is one of the regular services we offer our residents and we certainly know that Midas has the golden touch!

 

 

September Activities Calendar

September Activities Calendar

Although August is over, there still is plenty of fun outdoor activities planned. Let’s enjoy the warm weather while we can! (Remember last winter? Brrrrr!)  Card games, trivia, manicures and a Polka are planned in the coming days.  Happy Birthday to all of our September birthday residents. And a good luck kick off to the New England Patriots this season!

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Note: Activities can be subject to change.

August Activities Calendar

 

August Activities Calendar

It’s the Dog Days of Summer with plenty of fun activities for our residents. August 8th is the Friends & Family Cookout with great food and music. We have movie matinees, trivia games, bocce ball, and hair salon day. And a Happy Birthday to all of our August birthday residents!

August Activites

 

Note: August Activities can be subject to change.

 

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

 

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

Choosing the best nursing home for your loved one can be an emotional and confusing challenge. You’ll need to think about many things, including food, nursing staffs, activities and overall environment, and location.

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Choosing the best nursing home for your mother.

 

While no one can take care of your mother or loved one as well as you, your continued involvement in her care will assist the nursing facility you choose give her the best care possible. So trust your instincts! Only consider facilities in which you have a good feeling about, the services are there that she needs, and that the staff is friendly and welcoming, but also experienced.

Massachusetts Senior Care Association has developed a little check list HERE to help guide you to make the best decision.

And if you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, please call us at 508-872-5250.