Merry Christmas from our Home to Yours!
Holidays can be a difficult time Holiday atmosphere as they walk the halls. Jingo‖ and reciting holiday trivia. W e
for seniors, especially those living in a The residents enjoy making holiday also have a ‗Village Store‘ where resi-
nursing home. We realize that some of crafts and decorations and cooking and dents can be found doing some of their
them would like to be closer to family & baking traditional and creative holiday Christmas shopping & buying that per-
loved ones. Every employee here treats goodies. fect gift for the family member or friend.
The Village as the resident‘s home. In that Finally for the main event – Santa
same spirit, we here at The Village make and his elves deliver the gifts (pictured on
sure we go above & beyond the call of page 2) that are so lovingly provided by
duty to ensure that our residents feel the the Ladies‘ Auxiliary (see their story on
holiday spirit! page 9) and the generous donations of
The Village Activity Departments those who love and support all of us here
at both Main & North Campus is a big at The Village.
part of creating the Holiday Spirit at The We also have a grand time down
Village. During the month of December, at Southern Meadows for all of our Inde-
the activity calendar is full of entertain- pendent Living tenants. Tenants get to
ment to get everyone in the Christmas enjoy the same wonderful holiday
frame-of-mind. For example, we take themed activities, musical performances
them Christmas shopping, we go out & by a variety of groups, & take in the
see Christmas lights, make cookies, egg- beautiful decorations we put up each
nog, & play reindeer games. year (pictured left)!
On each station, you will hear a The Village residents share the holi-
variety of traditional Christmas music and day spirit by creating unique Christmas Pam Hipsher
residents and staff singing along as they cards and sending them to family mem- Activity Director, UMV Main Campus
go about their day. Carolers, from school bers and even each other. If you come Brenda Hunt
children to church groups, continue the by for a visit, when you are walking through Activity Director, UMV North Campus
the halls you will hear the residents taking
Umvillage.com part in Holiday games, such as ―Christmas SouthernMeadowsEstates.com
Quotes from our
Residents on Christmas
Santa even visits The Village ―I love Christmas & wrapping gifts!‖
on Christmas! ―My favorite Christmas is when my
Dad got me a bike. I‘m thankful that I
can still walk, talk, & help people. I‘m
looking forward to seeing my family &
go shopping & hear Christmas mu-
sic!‖ --Beverly H.
25 ―One year I found my Christmas pre-
sent (a doll) long before Christmas.
My mother told me Santa would be
disappointed if the doll wasn‘t under-
neath the tree.‖ —M. Dobbyns
2011 ―My favorite holiday meal was turkey
with all the trimmings & Pecan Pie!‖ —
The only thing I want for Christmas is a
surprise. To me, that‘s the fun part of
Christmas!‖ - E. Hasler
―I was always on the ‗Nice‘ list as a
kid. One year I was in a play & got a
watch for Christmas.‖ - S. Collins
―I am thankful for my family & also my
Village family. I look forward to each
Christmas every year!‖ - J. Seitzinger
―I am thankful that my son, Mike, visits
me.‖ - D. Phillips
―I would like to go home to stay, but I know it‘s not possible. Being here at the Village gives me & my family peace ―My favorite memory of Christmas is
of mind especially during Christmas. I am so thankful for my health! My favorite memory is when I got a home- just being able to be home with fam-
made doll for Christmas. My sister got one too but it had black feet. My sister thought I got the better doll!‖ ily during the holidays.‖ - M. Hughes
— Wilda E.
―I was only thankful for the gifts I got
each Christmas.‖ - M. Williams
―I was usually on the ‗Naughty‘ list
Umvillage.com when I was younger.‖ - V. Kasinger
The Grinch Who Tried
to Steal Christmas
By the time we comply with all the Illi- garding the State‘s refusal to approve regular updates on all these regu-
nois Department of Public Health, Life our plans for expanding and improv- lations, I understand why they are
Safety Code, and OSHA regulations, ing our services to Alzheimer and de- so stringent and take away many
there are practically no holiday deco- mentia residents, I began our presen- of the comforts of home – be-
rations and no one is allowed to con- tation by saying how this expansion cause the people making these
gregate in the halls: would benefit our residents and the regulations don‘t care about the
community. I was stopped at that residents.
“All Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, wreaths, point and told that the Illinois Depart- As the government tries to sepa-
etc. must be UL rated, and you ment of Public Health doesn‘t care rate Church and State, they are
must keep the original box as proof.” about what is best for the residents; steadily trying to remove all traces
they care about following the regula- of Christ from government-funded
“No decorations may be hung on any fire tions. I was told not to put any ―heart‖ institutions. However, The Village
door, including resident room doors.” in it, just give the facts. Needless to will not lose focus. We will con-
say, I was stunned. So, I presented tinue to find ways to stay within
“Flammable decorations should not be them the facts, and I did receive regulations but still do what is best
hung on more than 25% of corridor walls.” some encouraging news that our ap- for our residents; we will continue
peal may work. I am still in the process our mission to provide quality ser-
“Decorations may not hang from of cutting the red tape, but I am not vices in an atmosphere of caring,
the ceiling if they disturb the integrity done fighting. As the meeting was sharing, encouragement, and
of the fire-rated ceiling tiles.” ending, I told them that the Illinois De- Christian love.
partment of Public Health may not
“Corridors must have an 8ft care about what is best for our resi- Maybe someday, just like the
clearance at all times.” dents, but The Village does. Grinch, the United States govern-
ment will realize the true meaning
How sad that the State and federal The Village provides a loving and car- of Christmas.
government have regulated-out ing environment for our residents; we Carol Brown
Christmas for long-term care residents. try to make the residents‘ quality of life Administrator
the best we can. Now, when I get UMV Main Campus
In a recent meeting in Springfield re-
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Fascinating Individuals We Appreciate Our Volunteers!
shell. Bake at
at The United Methodist Village - North Campus I don’t know what I would do without 425 for 15
The United Methodist Village is nity for many years. Irene is a gene- our volunteers. They bring in a breath minutes then
proud of all of our residents and alogist who has been gathering of fresh air with them. They enhance reduce
proud to showcase a few of their genealogical materials for over sixty temperature
the lives of our resident with their to 350 for
individual talents. Here at the North years.
Campus, we have some musically
knowledge. They help with our reli- 1 hour.
talented ladies. Irene (pictured left) opened her gious services, read stories or just
library to the public on March 13, visit with them. We have our musical
Mary (pictured left), a former 1996 after the library had outgrown talent that come in and entertain the
school teacher and resident of the the basement of her home. Re-
Assisted Living portion of our build- cently she was recognized for do- residents (my residents do not want to
ing, enjoys playing the piano for nating her genealogical library col- hear me sing). We have clowns, ma-
Irene Black other residents in the parlor. She lection in Bridgeport to the Law- gicians, puppets and dancers that
can play many songs from memory. renceville Public Library.
work their magic on us. We have guest
June, a resident since 2004, enjoys Our facilities are blessed to have speakers like “Don the train man” &
taking requests while she plays her such interesting and wonderful resi- “Kurt from the airport.”
harmonica on the 300 hall. dents to care for and learn from. All
of our residents are fascinating
Doc (pictured left) is a World War II people. They are great friends, par-
I would like to thank each one of them
veteran who has written a book ents, neighbors and contributors to for a job well done!
about his experiences in North Af- our society. All of them deserve a
rica and the Italian campaign and place in this article. Brenda Hunt
has contributed to the Veterans Melissa Gilil
History Project. Doc was also a suc- Social Services Activity Director
Harold “Doc” Hammil UMV North Campus
cessful chiropractor in the commu- UMV North Campus
A Thank You
Card from a
at The United Methodist Village - Main Campus
A Thank You
Just wanted to Card from a
let you all Vance Kasinger is a resident of The pressure and the influence it can Resident’s
know how United Methodist Village—Main have on them. He also advised Family
Campus. He has lived at the Vil- the students to make good deci-
grateful we are
lage for twelve years. Vance re- sions and to listen to their parents.
for having you cently celebrated his 50th birth- Thank you for
& your staff of day. Before moving to The Village, He gave an account of how he all the care
nurses & Vance was cared for by his started consuming alcohol at the that you gave
mother at home. When Vance age of twelve and how his alco-
C.N.A’s to was sixteen years of age, he was hol use escalated to prescription
to Jane. Your
care for my run down by a drunk driver. Vance and non-prescription drugs. He thoughtfulness
mother! Thank also was intoxicated and had informed the students that mak- made a
stepped into the roadway. The ing poor decisions can bring
you so much man who hit him thought it was a heartache and pain to their par-
for the profes- deer and left him to die on the ents and others who care about
sional care you highway. Due to many traumatic them. Vance advised the stu- Sincerely,
and debilitating major injuries that dents that his Mother had at- The Family of
all gave to
occurred because of the acci- ribbon week in October. This tempted to intervene with his
her. May God dent, Vance is confined to a geri represents prevention and aware- reckless behaviors, but he wanted Jane Abel
bless you all & chair and diagnosed a quadriple- ness of alcohol, tobacco and vio- to be cool and please his friends.
your families. gic. He can neither walk or care lence in the schools & community.
for his basic needs. He is depend- Vance was asked to speak to the The students had many questions
ent on nursing staff to care for him PE classes at Parkside Elementary for Vance, which included – how
Sincerely, on a daily basis. He suffered many School in Lawrenceville about his did he brush his teeth to how
Ralph broken bones plus a brain stem experience with alcohol and much pain had he endured thru
injury. He was hospitalized for drugs. He was very excited to be the years? Vance‘s parting words
Baker Jr months and had several surgeries asked to speak, as he felt he could to the students were, ―don‘t be a
to correct the damage done to his present his own experiences with fool - just to be cool.‖
broken body from the accident. how alcohol and drugs can de- Carol Wood
stroy your future and your life. He Social Services
The local schools and schools talked to the students about peer UMV Main Campus
across the nation celebrated red
recommendations, and use that informa-
tion as a guide.
Just remember, toys should be develop-
mentally appropriate to suit the skills, abili-
ties and interests of the child.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Com-
Safe Toys & Gifts for mission also suggests asking these impor-
tant questions before you buy that perfect
the Holiday Season Christmas gift for that favorite child in your
Is the toy age-appropriate?
The Christmas holiday season is upon us. Are there any small, loose parts
that your child can swallow?
Finding that perfect Christmas gift can be Could any part of the toy be
daunting, but, when you're buying for a bitten off and swallowed?
child, it can be both daunting and confus- Does the toy have a string, ribbon, s
ing. traps or cord longer than 7 inches?
Is your toy non-toxic?
Shopping for toys during the holidays can
be exciting and fun, but it can also be frus- Could any part cut small hands or fingers?
trating. There can be thousands of toys to Does the toy include magnets?
choose from in one store, and it's important Could the toy be a fire hazard?
to choose the right toy for the right age Could the toy contain
child. questionable chemicals?
Has the product been recalled?
As a parent, grandparent or even a care-
giver, it can be hard to tell if the most popu- Remember, the holidays should be a
lar toys you are buying are the safest toys for magical time for children. It can be just as
children. With the amount of recalled toys magical for adults, too.
on the rise, it may seem like buying toys is a So while the hustle and bustle of shopping
gamble. can be overwhelming, don't forget to add
in some fun-filled, age-appropriate activi-
One tip to remember is that the U.S. Con- ties the whole family can share the real
sumer Product Safety Commission requires reason for the season! Happy Holidays!
toy manufacturers to meet stringent
safety standards and to label certain toys
that could be a hazard for younger chil- Stephanie Preston
dren. Look for labels that give age UMV Childcare Director
National Hand Washing Week
Happy Hand Washing!!!
December marks the month for many good things, including National Hand Wash-
ing Awareness Week which is observed December 5 – 11, 2011.
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and Activities at The Village
reduce your risk of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, frequent
hand washing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or Main Campus
medical intervention. 1: Front Porch String Band
2: Cootie Bingo
WHEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR ing the backs of hands, between 6: Bible Chapel
HANDS? your fingers and under fingernails.
6: Hoosier Harmonizers
1. Before, during and after prepara- Continue rubbing your hands for at
8: Bob Birge
tion of food. least 20 seconds. A good way to time
2. Before eating food. yourself is to sing the ―HAPPY BIRTHDAY‖ 13: Ruth & Tommy Moore
3. Before and after caring for some- song from beginning to end two times. 15: Village Playhouse
one who is sick. Rinse hands well under running water. 16: Singing Seniors
4. Before and after caring for a Dry hands using a clean towel or air 19: Orio Community
wound or cut. dry. 23: Santa arrives
5. After using the toilet.
6. After changing a diaper or clean- If soap and water are not available, We will also be having lots of
carolers throughout the month
ing up after someone who has used use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
the toilet. that contains at least 60% alcohol. Al-
7. After blowing your nose, coughing cohol based sanitizers can quickly re-
or sneezing. duce the number of germs on hands in
8. After touching an animal, feeding some situations, but sanitizers DO NOT 6: Hoosier Harmonizers
and animal or cleaning up animal eliminate all types of germs. 7: Going to see the Christmas
9. After touching garbage. Kim Richey 9: Making cheese balls
10. After going on an outing, like to UMV North Campus 13: Lawrenceville Girl Scouts
Walmart, out to a movie, etc… 14: Making Sugar Cookies
15: Ruth and Tommy Moore
THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR 16: Staff Gingerbread Houses
HANDS 19: Making Christmas cards
1. Wet your hands with water (warm 21: Taste of Christmas
or cold) and apply soap.
22: Making Homemade eggnog
2. Rub your hands together using
23: Christmas Party
enough friction to create lather and
scrub well. Umvillage.com
3. Scrub all areas of the hands, includ-
Rides Mass Transit
Rides Mass Transit (RMTD) is a public transportation system
offered in Lawrence County. This service can be very im-
portant to those who live at The Village‘s Senior Independ-
ent Living Community called Southern Meadows Estates.
Tenants of Southern Meadows use RMTD for appointments
Bea Orrell, a tenant of Southern Meadows uses
like going to the hair salon or seeing the doctor. Many also
the RMTD service to go to hair appointments &
use it to go to the Senior Citizen Center each day & some the senior citizen center
even go on the trips that the RMTD offers each month.
Seniors in Lawrence County who are 60 and over can go
to the Senior Citizen Center and apply for a Rides Senior ID
Card. With the ID card they are eligible to ride the bus on
any existing route at no charge to them. Rides has con-
tracted with the Senior Citizen Center to provide transpor-
tation for the seniors to go to the center and eat lunch,
shopping or run errands. They can also go on the special
Saturday out of town trips at no charge. Rides provides
door-to-door service where the driver picks them up at The Rides Mass Transit bus has a lift to help
their door. passengers on & off who need assistance.
Although, if they have a medical appointment and are
Medicaid eligible then the customer obtains a prior ap-
proval number from First Transit. The general cash fare one
way is $2.00 although they can purchase discount tickets
or a monthly pass. In Lawrence County we have a de-
mand bus that is in town from 9am to 2:30 for local shop-
ping. We do offer transportation to anyone and everyone.
They just need to call the toll free number to check on
availability and fare costs. (1-877-667-6117).
Rides Mass Transit
Mike Patrick, a regular Rides Mass Transit
Driver, picks up Bea to go to her appt.
A Behind the Scenes Look into Volunteer
Services at The Village
Troyya Curry and Susie Scott are Starting in October it begins and this lady that wears a size 6 slip-
a vital part of the Volunteer Ser- with earnest. Name of resident, who, per will wear a men‘s size 13!
vices Department at The Vil- where and did or did they not move Back on track we are
lage. They are supervised by the since last year. What size? I‘ll ask Mrs. stopped again. This resident has
residents' "Santa" -- Eunice Santa she will know. Oooops! No Mrs. been moved. We get it all done,
Glasser. The following is an ac-
Santa. Now let‘s get the gift bags out. the last bag filled. High fives all
count from their perspective of
the amazing preparations for The We do not have what we need. Get around! Then there‘s a voice down
Village Christmas. the car and off we go. While there the hall, ―We‘re not done yet‖. We
we‘ll get lotions, potions, smelly stuff. have 3 new residents. Do we have
It‘s hot, hot, hot! Oh well, its Oh by the way, everyone has been so enough to make 3 more bags? An-
August when we hear Christmas sweet and nice this year. Do they other prayer, Lord, the stores are out
music. White Christmas?? Who‘s need candy? Are you kidding? Yes of everything, please help! We hear
joking? Oh no, Christmas time they need candy. Cars, cars, where from heaven, ―Oh ye of little faith‖.
again. Letters, letters, letters are to park? Close, we‘ll have a lot this Out comes the bags, powders, per-
getting out to all the ladies in the time. fumes, lotions, robes, snuggies….yes,
churches. With their help we can do We get to the first store. A thank you God, we did it! I hear a
this again. Oh please send a bless- prayer is said. Dear Lord, please let this voice say, ―I hope I didn‘t forget
ing their way Dear Lord. Keep them one have everything we need. The anyone‖. Sure hope this Christmas is
in good health. We need them. carts are full when a little lady says their best one ever! She walks back
―Thank you for getting that for me‖! over to each bag, I look on as she
Well, I guess I should have taken off looks in each bag with a smile and a
that smock. Well, it‘s Christmas, do I twinkle in her eye that Santa would
tell her it‘s for us or let her have a nice like to have. I ask her what she was
Christmas. Boy, is she happy! We‘ll doing. ―It‘s done, it‘s done! After it‘s
get the rest some where else. On the done, I put in my hug and prayer for
way to check out I hear a little boy say a healthy and happy year.‖
as I push a loaded cart by, ―She sure And by the way, Santa is a
uses too much fume!‖ All day, store lady. ―Oh no don‘t say that‖, she
after store, a little here a little there. says very loud. Here Santa, you take
Snowing now, we better get going. it from here. Love you; see you
Slipping as we drive. Someone says next year Big Guy!
we sure could use a sled! Don‘t say
that! As much as we love animals, Susie Scott & Troyya Curry
we‘d have to feed those reindeer! Volunteer Service Assistants
Cards have to be signed, hundreds of
United Methodist Village
them. Tables set up, bag after bag
gets filled with robes, jackets, gowns,
slippers, snuggies, lotions, powders, Eunice Glasser
things and more things. And candy! Volunteer Services Director
All day, names are put on each item United Methodist Village
Murray, the Volunteer Services' when it comes to a loud STOP! Stop,
mascot, earns his salary by checking stop, stop we hear. This is not the way
each gift bag and giving his approval we want this. Why not? Well, I don‘t Umvillage.com
before they leave the "workshop". think the man will like a lady‘s gown
The United Methodist Village Baked Goods, Tie Die Items our Residents Help Make
Shirts (pictured left), De-
signer Purses, Bird residents
Houses, used books, and these
so much more! Each snowmen
year we also sell lunch buttons,
to those who come to lotions,
raise money for our resi- garland,
At The United Methodist Village, we have a dent‘s activities. This tive signs
semi-annual Bazaar at each campus. Most year we had Vegetable money for
Soup, Coney‘s, Hot their
recently, we had one in November at the Activities
Main Campus. Dogs, Brownies, & Soft
Serve Ice Cream. It was
The Bazaar is a fun event for delicious!
the public, residents, & em-
ployees. Everyone looks for- We will be having an-
ward to it. The funds are other Bazaar this Spring
used to enhance the life of & we hope you plan to come! If you would
the residents through activi- like more information or would like to set up a
ties. During the year, resi- booth, contact Pam Hipsher (618) 943-3347.
dents are busy working on
projects to be sold (pictured
left). They make homemade
lotion that sells all year long.
They make jewelry, orna-
ments, lighted garlands,
lighted lanterns, decorative Everyone enjoyed our lunch we sold! Rachel Gard, President of the
Lawrence County Chamber, stopped by with her son (pictured right).
signs and much more (Items Pictured left is a table full of ladies eating lunch including Ilene
Grumieaux, a Southern Meadows tenant
are also sold at our monthly
Village Store which is held in the Activity
This year we had many ven-
dors for everyone to shop.
We even had some new
ones this year! There was Lia
Sophia (pictured left), Taste-
One of our Assisted Living Residents at the North Campus &
fully Simple, Homemade her daughter had a booth with fashionable homemade items
Birdhouses made by an Activity Assistant at the UMV
Christmas Appeals Letter: There’s No Place Like
Donations Needed Home for the Holidays
Dear Friends, So you‘ve come home for the holidays to spend time with your family.
As the Christmas Season rapidly approaches and we celebrate During this time you might be noticing that an elderly relative may not be
getting around as good as you thought. ―Yes, excuse the house, I‘m not
Christmas with our loved ones and friends, we pray that you will re- able to keep up with it like I used to,‖ they might say. But don‘t dismiss
member the residents of the United Methodist Village Main and your concerns or curiosity. Take time now to assess this relatives needs
before it‘s too late and they need more dependent care. Your family
North Campuses. member may be having difficulty & might need assistance with their
everyday living functions.
This year, we are providing a home for over 160 residents in
which over 50% of them depend on Illinois Public Aide and the be- At this point you will need to assess what problems they are having. It‘s
good to keep in mind that your relative may not be as forthcoming on
nevolent work of The Village for their care. As Jesus teaches us in their issues because they don‘t want to be a bother. So here are some
James 1:27, Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and fault- things you can do: 1) Check with a close friend or neighbor to see if
they‘ve noticed any changes in this person. Has their routine changed?
less is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to 2) Ask the nearest living family member to check up on them from time
keep oneself from being polluted by the world. to time. So if there has been a change, then maybe it‘s time to start
looking into your options.
With your prayers and help we will continue to provide qual-
ity care for your loved ones and friends for many years to come! We There are many options to choose from. You may be able to do
something as simple as a housekeeper or a sitter who can run errands
pray during this season of giving that you will remember The Village for them. Also, you might be able to look into Meals on Wheels at your
with a donation to help those who are so dependent on us for their local Senior Citizen Center. Your local grocer might also be able to
deliver groceries or you can look into Home Health which will provide
care “God’s Older Children”. some of the above mentioned services as well as some nursing care.
May God bless you and your loved ones throughout this Steps need to be taken before accidents occur like falling, broken
bones, etc that will make them more dependent on someone else for
“Joyous Christmas Season”. health care needs.
Prayerfully yours, If you decide they need more care, need more socialization, or just
Eunice Glasser some assistance then you might want to look into Independent Living,
Assisted Living, or Intermediate Care. You can find all of these services at
Gift Planning, Auxiliary & Volunteer Director The United Methodist Village right here in Lawrence County. We have
tons of information on our website at www.umvillage.com or for our
Independent Living (Southern Meadows Estates) you can go to
www.SouthernMeadowsEstates.com. Please feel free to call me with
P.S. Please feel free to call me if you need any further information questions at (618) 943-3347, I would happy to help in anyway I can.
(618) 943-3347 extension 1220. Freeda Hughes
UMV Admissions Director
The United Methodist Village
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