It has been a busy few weeks here at PioneerCare with lots of meetings and the 4th of July holiday. The biggest event of the summer was on June 28th: the annual family facility-wide picnic here at the care center.
The turnout was great, close to 400 people of all ages, and the food and entertainment was even better! The Carlisle Band played, the AChord men’s quartet sung the National Anthem, and there was a surprise visit from Uncle Sam! Many residents invited family members which made the occasion extra special for them. Just recently I attended our resident council meeting and the topic of the picnic came up. The residents had nothing but positive things to say about the picnic and some favorites included the outstanding pulled pork, the releasing of doves, and the Norwegian music.
On July 11th we had the artist who created the statue in our pergola, Kirk Williams, come speak about the piece. The statue was first installed in 1985 at the old Pioneer location and then transferred to our current location last month.
Coming up later in July, I’ll be undergoing an unusual learning experience here at the care center. I’ll be admitted as a resident to the care center for 24 hours to better understand a resident’s daily life. I’ll have to use call lights, be transferred, and have the nurses check on me like they would a resident. I hope this experience will teach me how to be a better administrator by better understanding the challenges they face every day.
Editor’s note: PioneerCare is pleased to have Joel King join us as administrative intern for the summer. During his time with us, Joel will provide observations and updates on his activities through regular blog installments. Check the news section of our web site as his story unfolds.