Residents enjoyed our holiday celebration at Hopkins Creek with plenty of holiday cheer, delicious food and activities. This holiday was a special time to celebrate with our Residents and bring in the New Year. We wish everyone a healthy and productive 2013. We look forward to all the activities and time to share in the upcoming year!
Dull? Bored? No spirit? Not our Red Hat ladies. Twenty-five Hopkins Creek residents turned out on April 24th for the organizational meeting of the Hopkins Creek Red Hat Club hosted by our Director of Nursing, Mary Ash, R.N., C. The Red Hats (or purple if it’s your birthday that month) will show off their red hats and red hat spirits by gathering for activities either in the community or at one of the interesting local attractions suggested by the members. Before next month’s meeting, Club members will vote on which of the suggested activities most appeal to them. So far, those activities include bowling, mall walking, a picnic at Cox’s Point State Park, and outings to locations such as Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore City, the Ballestone-Stansbury House (rumored to be haunted!) and the Glen L. Martin Aviation Museum.
The Red Hats believe “silliness is the comedy relief of life and, since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, they share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.”
There are thousands of Red Hat Chapters with over 80,000 Members in 30 countries. Hopkins Creek is proud and enthusiastic about being one of the newest!
Spring has definitely arrived and with it the new baseball season. Several team members of the IRE Eastern Region had the opportunity to help welcome the baseball season at Lighthouse Senior Living at Hopkins Creek. A pep rally was planned and many of the team volunteered to help with the event.
The afternoon started with playing the National Anthem. How amazing that the residents at Lighthouse stood up from their seats, put their hand over their heart and sang along! It was such a moving gesture.
After that the Oriole Bird arrived, the party got started! Music, games and prizes were there for all to enjoy, although the Bird really was the star of the afternoon. The team members represented just about every community in the Eastern Region. They enjoyed talking to the Residents and playing a game of Baseball Trivia. The Residents knew their Baseball Trivia Facts!
Many thanks to Susan Clancy, Michelle Thompson, Barbara Bream, Sarah El-Jallad and Abby Gepert who organized a fun event. It was a fun time for all!
Hopkins Creek recently hosted a recognition event in honor of those dedicated volunteers who contribute so much to our residents’ quality of life. In her opening remarks, Executive Director Scotty Lathe spoke for residents and staff alike when she said “Nothing makes a community more special than the selfless acts of those who volunteer their time to enhance the lives of others. Lighthouse Senior Living recognizes that there are special people every day who volunteer their time and energy. Today, we gather to honor a special few that regularly take the time to provide these wonderful acts of kindness.”
Those recognized with special Certificates of Appreciation included:
- The Eastside Ramblers who volunteer monthly for a lively and entertaining country music program that engages the residents and is enjoyed by all.
- Grace Black, Nurse Ambassador and one of Lighthouse’s retired nurses, who is our eyes and ears as she voluntarily visits hospitalized residents as well as those receiving rehabilitation in other facilities.
- Jim Steeg, our Veterans Ambassador, who meets and greets all new veterans (as well as other new residents). Jim also arranges and hosts special veteran events inside and out of our community.
- Angie Martin, one of our Village Ambassadors, who gives Village residents a tremendous amount of her time including conducting weekly crafts and other activities.
- Ellen Walters, another Village Ambassador, who hosts twice weekly trivia discussion, each of which is interesting, entertaining and challenging and keeps the residents coming back for more. Russ is always present for any special occasion, providing assistant and tender loving care wherever needed.
- Russ Atwood, Community Ambassador, hosts twice weekly trivia discussions that are well attended, interesting, entertaining, and challenging so that residents just keep coming back for more. Russ is always present for any special occasion providing assistance and tender loving care wherever needed.
Following the program, residents enjoyed a special snack and slice of the “Volunteer Cake” while being entertained by Mr. Banjo, who not only played “sing along” songs popular in earlier eras but gave the audience fascinating tidbits about many of the songs. For example, who knew that the most famous and oft-played waltz in America is “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”? Mr. Banjo knew and now so do all our residents and volunteers!