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JULY 2012 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: FUN AND EASY ACTIVITIES 2 RESIDENT SPEAKS ABOUT THERAPY 2
JULY 2012 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: FUN AND EASY ACTIVITIES 2 RESIDENT SPEAKS ABOUT THERAPY 2

JULY 2012

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

FUN AND EASY ACTIVITIES

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RESIDENT SPEAKS

ABOUT THERAPY

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TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED

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ENERGY AND JOINT PRESERVATION 3

FROM THE DESK OF THE ADMINISTRATION

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NEW CREATIVE

ART GROUP!!

If you like to draw, paint, or do other types of art.

THIS IS FOR YOU!

Tuesdays and

Thursdays.

10:30-11:30

Third floor lounge.

Facilitated by

Social Work

JULY BIRTHDAY LIST

James Baker 7/03

William Faught 7/11

Donna Graham 7/20

William Emerson 7/24

Katie Mallory Bedell 7/28

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SPOTLIGHT RESIDENT - OREST CZORNOPYSKY

Orest Czornopysky recently came to live at Blossom South. He is an accomplished artist and drew the pictures of Blossom South’s courtyard from memory.

Orest was born in the Ukraine then lived briefly in Poland until Hitler took arms to the Ukrainian Nationalist. He lived in Germany until 1949 and moved to America at the age of nine. He arrived in New York Harbor on July 4, 1949 and entered through Ellis Island. From Ellis Island, his family took a train directly to Rochester. He lived and grew up on Main Street across from the old movie house.

After high school he went to SUNY Delhi to study architectural design, drawing and building. He discovered that mathematics was not his best subject and left Delhi and went to art school in Chicago for 2 years. He worked in Chicago for several years as an illustrator, and a key line doing

for several years as an illustrator, and a key line doing revamping. In 1970 he came

revamping. In 1970 he came back to Rochester and went to RIT to further study illustration, layout and design. He continued to work throughout his years, doing a lot of freelance and contract work. He enjoyed taking classes at the Memorial Art Gallery given by guest artists.

Orest continues with his art today. He likes to take walks and “frame” things in his mind that will make a good picture. He is an accomplished photographer, designer, and illustrator. His favorite medium to work with is pencil.

and illustrator. His favorite medium to work with is pencil. Orest Czornopysky recently came to live

Orest Czornopysky recently came to live at Blossom South. He is an accomplished artist and drew the pictures of Blossom South’s courtyard from memory.

We have seen a few pieces of Orest’s

work and are hoping that he will have a showing here at Blossom South in the future so that others can admire his work as well.

in the future so that others can admire his work as well. A TOUCHING MOMENT “MEMORY

A TOUCHING MOMENT

“MEMORY IS A WAY OF HOLDING ONTO THE THINGS YOU LOVE, THE THINGS YOU ARE, THE THINGS YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE” -FROM THE TV SHOW THE WONDER YEARS.

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R I C H A R D

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P O L L I N O,

R ES I DE N T

I’m going to get a big hit!” It was the bottom of the sixth inning and there were two players on base. He came to the plate; the score was 3 to 2, and our team was losing. The first pitch; STRIKE, the second pitch; STRIKE, third pitch; WHAM! He hits a triple and we won the game!!! He jumped into my arms and said, “I did it Dickie!!!”

It was one of my proudest moments.

Richard A. Pollino

I was once a Little League Coach for baseball. I’ve got a memorable story from then. The kids in my league were all eleven and twelve years old. The third baseman was

a very good player, but he was not good at hitting. So, I

worked with him on hitting, and by the last game he was

a hitter! You see, he had never hit better than a single in

his whole life. In his last game, he told me, “Coach Dickie,

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SORTING ACTIVITY BY TINA, ACTIVIT Y DIRECTOR

This activity provides both cognitive and sensory stimulation. The purpose is to awaken one or more of the five senses (sight and touch), as well as stimulate mental faculties, including perceiving, thinking, recognizing and remembering. It is very appropriate for use with individuals who have experienced some degree of memory loss. This is an easy activity that can be done anytime, anywhere.

Supplies needed:

1) Ten objects with varying physical properties (i.e. hard, soft, fuzzy, colorful, etc.)

2) Ten index cards

3) Marker

Description of activity:

Write a different descriptive property on each index card. Show the card to your participant and read the word allowed. Then ask the participant to identify an object that has that particular property.

For example: Anne has a father who suffers from dementia. Anne wants to keep her father’s mind as

active as possible, so she decides to do the sorting activity with him. Anne grabs several objects:

1)Stuffed animal (soft, fuzzy)

2)Piece of Fabric (flat)

3)Crayons (colorful)

4)Ball (round)

5)Flower (smells good)

6)Blanket (warm)

7)Ice Cubes (cold)

8)Sewing Pins (sharp)

6)Blanket (warm) 7)Ice Cubes (cold) 8)Sewing Pins (sharp) Residents participate in Daily “Fun N’ Fitness” Class

Residents participate in Daily “Fun N’ Fitness” Class

9)Bell (noisy)

10) Soda Can (liquid).

Anne writes the descriptive words on index cards. She shows the cards to her father and reads the words out loud. Anne then asks her father to pick out an object that matches that word. Through this activity, Anne and her father share quality time together while keeping his mind stimulated.

quality time together while keeping his mind stimulated. “I know that there are days that you

“I know that there are days that you are in so much pain that you don’t want to be bothered and you probably get upset when the therapists want to work with you and think of giving up!”

therapists want to work with you and think of giving up!” SUCCESS IN THERAPY BY CAMILLE

SUCCESS IN THERAPY BY CAMILLE BROWN, RESIDENT

“Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy – What can these three therapies do for you? Nothing, if you don’t work with them! They are not there to do it for you, they are here to help you do it!”

My name is Camille Brown. This is my second trip to Blossom South. I chose to go to Blossom again because of the wonderful rehab program that they have. When I arrived here on the 25th of May, I couldn’t stand and had to be transferred by a hoyer lift, which I hated. So that became my first short-term goal – to be able to transfer out of bed to a wheelchair without assistance. By the fourth of June, I achieved that goal. But it took a lot of pain and patience. My next goal became to strengthen my arms and legs. I have made a lot of progress on that goal so far and am still working on it. I continue every day and push through the pain, because my next goal is to walk again. I am now considered independent! I no longer

need someone to assist me in my room for transfers!

Today, June 8th, I am walking quite a bit.

I am still in a lot of pain and my leg is

still not strong enough. But I don’t give up, there’s no quitting in my mind!

The therapists here are amazing. Whether you work with Heather, Traci, Teressa, Maeling or Yugandar, you are in great hands! We have such a fun time while exercising to music or “cutting up” or cheering each other on. The atmosphere in the therapy room is amazing. Our group really looks forward to coming.

I know that there are days that you are

in so much pain that you don’t want to be bothered and you probably get upset when the therapists want to work with and you think of giving up! But don’t! If you want to get better and your goal is to go home, no matter how difficult it may be, push yourself even harder and work with them. You WILL

get there. I promise. Take it from me, I’m proof that it works!

Our group in therapy would love to have

you join us if you need to. We can’t wait to see each other as well as the therapists every day, and really miss it on the weekends.

Remember, to go home – or wherever you go, you MUST work with the therapists no matter how hard it is or how much pain you are in. I don’t know how much longer I will be here, but I know that it won’t be long.

Take Care and May God Bless You,

Camille Brown

Camille Brown

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KEEPING HYDRATED! BY ANDREA, DIET TECH

Now that the summer months are upon us, we must stay especially conscious of preventing dehydration.

Fluids are essential to help move nutrients and waste through the body, regulate body pressure and temperature, protect and cushion joints and organs and lower the risk of dehydration and heat stroke.

Fluid needs are different for everyone and can vary depending on age, gender, and level of activity. Remember to drink even more fluids when you are more active and during the hot weather. Remember that while water is recommended, your fluid intake can also be met with milk, coffee, tea, juice, gelatin, popsicles, etc.

Here are some ways to check if you are drinking enough:

Check your mouth! If you feel thirsty or have a dry mouth, you probably aren’t drinking enough. Once you feel thirsty, you could already be somewhat dehydrated.

Check your urine! Urine should be light yellow or clear in color. You may not be getting enough fluids if your urine is dark yellow and/or has a strong smell.

Check your self! Feeling lightheaded, tired, difficulty focusing or headaches could all be signs of dehydration.

Some tips for meeting your fluid needs:

• Keep a water bottle handy

• Don’t wait until you’re feeling thirsty to drink

• If you’re feeling hungry between meals, try to drink

a glass of water first. Sometimes we can mistake thirst for hunger!

• Make water more exciting by adding fruit like lemon or limes

• Drink a glass before and during your meal

• Try ice chips, they also help keep the stomach calm

• Minimize caffeine and alcohol intake

ENERGY CONSERVATION AND JOINT PRESERVATION

TECHNIQUES BY HE ATHER, REHAB DIRECTOR

If you or a loved one experiences

shortness of breath or has joint pain, you can benefit from energy conservation and joint preservation techniques. The following tips are great for those who suffer from Arthritis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, or simply wish to extend their functional tolerance to activity.

Sit rather than stand to perform activities or household chores. Avoid twisting and bending.

Store items on a low shelf or within arms reach. If you use a favorite mug or bowl, keep it near the sink where you can access it easily. Try not to reach over your head as this puts unnecessary strain on joints and on the heart. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!

Use a rolling utility cart to push items rather than carry them.

Use adaptive equipment: long handled shoe horn, reachers, shower bench and raised toilet seats.

Take a break when performing physical activity; stop and rest.

Buy wrinkle resistant clothing and clothing that pull on rather than zip or button.

Cook ahead to plan many small meals from one dish or use microwave meals.

POSITIVE ENERGY BY CHARLOT TE CONNER, RESIDENT

meals. POSITIVE ENERGY BY CHARLOT TE CONNER, RESIDENT Remember to drink extra fluids when you are

Remember to drink extra fluids

when you are more active and during hot weather.

“Ebony and Cassandra (nurses

on the third floor) were awesome. They answered questions, took time with me and really understood where I was coming

from

When there

was a problem, they took control of the situation immediately.” -

GWEN WOODALL, CAREGIVER FOR A SHORT TERM REHAB RESIDENT

It frustrates me when I hear people

complaining on a daily basis. There is always something to complain about. It seems like people are not happy. They seem to always want more out of life, rather than being

content with

complaining, I try to be grateful, not only for

the big things in life, but for the small things.

I believe that all people have the opportunity

to be grateful, no matter what the situation.

what they have. Instead of

no matter what the situation. what they have. Instead of I am grateful for: • The

I am grateful for:

• The gift of being born

• The gift of family and friends

• Being able to move, even if it is in a wheelchair

• Health, no matter what it is

• Being able to communicate with others

Blossom south residents creating birthday cards for the June birthday party, while guitarist entertains in the background.

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NEW LOOK!
NEW
LOOK!

BLOSSOM SOUTH

1175 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

Fay Katz, LMSW Admissions Ph: 585-313-3497 Main Ph: 585-442-0450

fkatz@blossomsouth.com Fax: 585-244-3546

Attention Residents and Family Members:

We would love to hear from YOU!!! Please submit your articles or comments at the front reception area, and they may be featured in the next Blossom South newsletter. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Additionally, please provide us with your email address, so that you can be added to the newsletter mailing list.

Thank you!

NOTE FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR

Warm weather is upon us and our courtyard is now open! We appreciate all the hard efforts that Lincoln Smith, the Rochester Community Recreation Volunteers, and our own maintenance staff have been putting forth to assist us with this. We now have colorful array of plants and flowers that are growing for everyone’s enjoyment. In addition to this, there are picnics tables and furniture available for seating. The courtyard is currently open seven times a day an we are looking to extend the hours to access. Visitors who would like to sit in the courtyard outside of the current hours can please stop at the reception area and we will have it open.

Remember to take some beverages out for your loved one when it is warm. They are available on all the units. Any suggestions regarding improvements to the courtyard are warmly welcomed. Please drop in and discuss them in person or email them to me at:

jbrossoit@blossomsouth.com

are warmly welcomed. Please drop in and discuss them in person or email them to me
are warmly welcomed. Please drop in and discuss them in person or email them to me