A typical day begins with the Night Supervisor making her final rounds on each floor and preparing reports for the Director of Nursing and Floor Supervisors as the day staff arrives. The Certified Medication Technicians prepare their carts for dispensing medications, while housekeepers are already at work ensuring immaculate rooms and public spaces.
Each day, the Certified Nursing Assistants help residents get their day off to a good start with refreshing morning care. A fresh pitcher of water is delivered to each room as breakfast is brought from the kitchen and presented in the dining rooms. Sitting at tables of four, residents can enjoy the company of their dining companions or family members. For those who prefer to eat in the privacy of their room, CNAs deliver trays and remain with the resident should assistance be necessary.
Each resident’s schedule may vary from day to day – with everything from a hair appointment or spa bath to an outing with family or daily Mass at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday offered for all residents and families. (Sunday Mass is at 10 a.m.) Residents are taken to the Chapel or, if unable to attend, can listen to the service over the speaker system. After Mass, Holy Communion is offered to residents who were unable to attend.
Until lunch is served at 12:30 p.m., residents may enjoy a group activity such as card-making, reading or enjoying a book on tape and discussion, listening to the music of the “golden oldies,” or sampling the treats made for a special occasion. Residents who choose to remain in the privacy of their room have one-on-one visits available, and activities are geared toward their individual interests.
The noon hour finds residents gathering for a delicious hot lunch. Carts arrive from the kitchen, with home-style menus designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Following lunch, residents may take a quick nap before the next activity. Afternoon activities often consist of playing games such as bingo with cash or prizes, Jeopardy, cards and sing-a-longs, to name a few.
Resident birthdays are always recognized at the Home with a monthly celebration featuring cake, ice cream and lots of warm wishes. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and many other special days provide wonderful reasons to throw a party.
The day quiets down with dinner, served at 5:30 p.m. Family members often stop by after work to catch up on the day’s events and spend the dinner hour with their loved ones. The always-popular monthly potluck suppers are a perfect example of the importance of mealtimes at Mother of Good Counsel Home, offering families the chance to spend time with the Sisters and other families, as well as their own families. Following the potluck dinner, fun continues for residents and families with a game or special entertainment.