"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.
Wellhaven Senior Living has recently welcomed a new team member. Cindy Mansfield will fill the role of stylist in the Forget Me Knott Salon located at Wellhaven. Jeanne Hawkins, Wellhaven's former stylist, was instrumental in finding a new stylist for Wellhaven. Jeanne has been close friends with Cindy's family for several years. The transition was also easy for Wellhaven tenants as Cindy has previously filled in for Jeanne while she was on vacation. "Cindy is really fast and good at what she does," said Pearl Kittleson, tenant at Wellhaven.
Wellhaven has hosted many events over the last few years. The seniors in our community really like our Senior Pizza Parties. Over 100 seniors came to the Senior Pizza Party Wellhaven hosted with the River Falls Senior Center this month. "Making sure the seniors of our community are happy and getting enough socializing is something to strive for," said Wellhaven Manager Beth Ann Schultz. For next month we decided to try something new. A Mexican Fiesta! We will have fun decorations and super yummy food with Mexican beverages.
As a Christian organization, the Lenten season marks an important time for Wellhaven Senior Living. Wellhaven's Chaplain, Pastor Kenley Mann, plans special Lenten services for Wellhaven tenants. Olive Mulhullom, Wellhaven tenant, and Donna Miller, St. Bridget's Catholic Church volunteer, are hosting a Lenten program in Olive's apartment every Tuesday until Easter. All are welcome to attend. On Ash Wednesday, March 6, several Wellhaven tenants received ashes. Wellhaven partners with several local churches to accommodate different religions. Our tenants
River Falls has been hit hard with some big storms this winter making travel nearly impossible. During one of the last snow storms, myself and two Wellhaven Senior Living team members, Cindy Haney, a cook and Deb Roman, a caregiver, opted to stay overnight. "We all had important work to do the following morning and wanted to ensure that we would be here for our tenants," said Roman. "It was a fun evening and a great opportunity to bond with fellow team members."
Wellhaven Senior Living veterans and American Legion members enjoy monthly luncheons together. The luncheons began when Legion members Jim Miller and Jerry Morrow realized how many veterans are connected to Wellhaven and the River Falls Senior Center. The pair had attended the Wellhaven Veterans Day ceremony. "When we came in and saw how many Legion members lived at Wellhaven, we wanted to do something with them," explained Miller, River Falls American Legion Post 121 Commander.
Wellhaven is a place where tenants feel comfortable and safe. To ensure this level of safety, Wellhaven uses two different alarms systems: eNeighbor by Healthsense and TransAlarm. The eNeighbor system, which is set up through the internet, connects the system sensors and devices. Wellhaven tenants are each given a pendant to wear. When the button on the pendant is pressed, a caregiver receives a call. "The call will report to the caregiver the name of the owner of the pendant and their last known
Brrr ... it's cold! Despite the cold weather, Wellhaven Senior Living tenants continue to stay active. Aside from the games and independent activities always available to tenants, Wellhaven team members have been striving to keep tenants involved in other ways. Group activities include Bingo, worship services, ice cream socials, coffee time, exercise class and more!
With a strong history in the River Falls community, Wellhaven Senior Living is an ideal choice for seniors who want to stay active and independent. Wellhaven features a variety of apartment options and care options for our tenants. Wellhaven is set up accommodate both independent and assisted living in a Christian setting. Many community members, local church members and students often volunteer to spend time with our tenants.
It's a new year with new opportunities and a good time for change. Wellhaven Senior Living, along with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Pierce and St. Croix counties, is taking advantage of this opportunity to move the River Falls Memory Café to a new location. Starting Jan. 31, Memory Café will be held at Wellhaven Senior Living, 119 Union St. in River Falls. Organizers hope the location change will encourage those with memory loss and their caregivers to attend the program.