Before Bernice Deiss retired to Wellhaven Senior Living, she had various jobs. She worked as a maid in St. Paul with Angeline Falteisek, a fellow Wellhaven tenant and old friend, she took jobs to help new mothers, and she worked at the Lang Factory in River Falls at the same time as Wellhaven tenant Esther Andersen. Prior to her retirement, Bernice enjoyed working on her farm, dancing and raising her five children.
All River Falls area veterans and their spouses are welcome to attend an informative presentation focused on VA benefits by David Oldenburg, of Appleton, Wis. The free seminar will be held at 4 p.m. June 12 at Wellhaven Senior Living, 119 Union St., River Falls. Oldenburg will share about the VA's Aid and Attendance benefits available to vets who served during wartime. Following the presentation, attendees will be able to ask any questions. Light refreshments will be offered.
Being a team member at Wellhaven Senior Living has allowed me to see the best in people. Today, I watched as a tenant left a red rose with a thank you note on a fellow tenant's lunch table. It was his way of saying "thank you." Earlier in the week, she had folded the laundry he accidentally left in the dryer. Last week, I observed as one tenant went out of her way to ensure tenants new to the care community were becoming involved with different social activities. She was doing her part to make sure everyone feels welcome.
Wellhaven Senior Living tenants were recently treated to a unique performance. Denny Metzger shared his time and performed using a Native American flute. Metzger, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, is able to reduce his stress by playing the flute. In addition, he also teaches others how to make the Native American flutes. They can be made from a variety of materials including plastic, wood and clay.
In 2009, the River Falls Senior Center moved into Wellhaven Senior Living. The move has created a wonderful partnership and provides many opportunities for Wellhaven tenants. Over the years, the Senior Center has become an important part of Wellhaven. Working together, the two organizations give seniors within the River Falls community and Wellhaven tenants a chance to socialize. Several events are hosted in which both groups of seniors are welcome to attend including social gatherings, games, themed meals and health focused events.
Last fall, the River Falls Fire Department began using The Lutheran Home building as a space to hold a few of their trainings. This has drawn attention from other community organizations. Recently, a dozen members of the St. Croix County Sheriff Emergency Response Unit (ERU) used the space to hold a training session. This unit operates with two medics, a K-9 and a robot.
"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'" (Proverbs 31:28-31) Mother's Day, recognized on May 12, is a day to celebrate motherhood. It's a day we set aside to appreciate one's mother and the women in our lives. In honor of Mother's Day, Wellhaven Senior Living is hosting a Mother's Day Celebration. All senior women and their guests are welcome to join us as we celebrate women.
As your family members age, it can sometimes be a challenge to visit with them. If they live alone, there can often be chores or small home repairs that require attention. There is also a concern for their health and wellbeing. There are many options available to find the right housing and amount of care for seniors today. Wellhaven Senior Living is one of those options. At Wellhaven, team members provide a safe and friendly environment that feels like home. Having both independent and assisted living available, Wellhaven is a good fit for most active seniors.
April has been a busy month here at Wellhaven Senior Living. In the beginning of the month, we hosted free AARP tax prep services. Next, we hosted a variety of events including a Mexican fiesta, volunteer tea party, Lenten services, a veterans lunch and prepping for the Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt. But our most talked about activity has been daily trivia. We started the new project on April 1, and it was no joke. Every week day, Wellhaven tenants and senior guests are welcome to answer the daily trivia question.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10) National Volunteer Appreciation Week, held April 7—13, allows for a time to recognize, honor and celebrate volunteers. To celebrate our volunteers, we have a photo book on display in the Fireside Lounge at Wellhaven Senior Living. The photos feature all of the different activities that volunteers help with throughout the year within our care community.