Lighthouse Community at Martin Health Care
Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:05 am
By: Amber Randle, Assistant Activity Director
The Lighthouse Community at Martin Health Care started the month of July’s activities with a Fourth of July celebration.
We decorated our dining room for the event. The residents wore beads in our nation’s colors, red, white and blue.
Food was provided by a fellow activity assistant, Rowena McIntyre. She prepared fried chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad and dessert for all the residents and staff.
We definitely appreciated all the time and hard work Ms. McIntyre dedicated to make our holiday a special one.
The unit was also introduced to a couple of new activities as well. One was Wild Watermelon Wednesday. On a Wednesday afternoon, we prepared sliced watermelon for the residents to enjoy.
They ate and chatted among themselves about how they used to sit outside and eat watermelon when they were young. They seemed to really enjoy this activity.
Another new activity was Birthday of the Ice Cream Cone. The ice cream cone began on July 23, 1904, when the ice cream cone was introduced at the St. Louis World Fair. There is some confusion as to the official day.
On Sept. 22, 1903, a patent was granted to an Italian immigrant who first produced the cone in 1896. However, it did not gain popularity until a similar creation was introduced in St. Louis in 1904.
According to the International Ice Cream Association, July 23 is considered the official day for that reason. To honor the day, we decided to prepare ice cream cones for the residents.
We finished activities for the month of July with our July Birthday Party. A birthday party is held every month for all residents with a birthday in that month. Birthdays this month were John Meddleton, who turned 81 on July 15 and Thelma Wagster, who turned 83 on July 24. Cake and ice cream were served at the party. Everyone had a blast!