AutoNation Christmas at Broward Nursing Home

Last week I was visiting Mom at the nursing home, like I do so often. She is doing very well most days despite the stroke in April. Broward Nursing & Rehab is a caring facility that I feel comfortable having her live at. We were just leaving for our usual stroll around the neighborhood when Nicole, the activities director stopped us. She said we couldn’t leave! “WHAT?!?!?! Is this a new rule, I can’t take my mom out for walks, even though I’m her POA?! And she’s MY Mom?!” Yes, I get defensive about my family! “No No” she assured me. We are having a surprise this afternoon and you have to be there. Ok, feathers back down! LOL

So we were in the east dining room by 2:00 as told, and WOW, can I just say – WHAT A NICE SURPRISE IT WAS! The company AutoNation, has very generous employees! They chose Mom’s facility to “adopt” a resident and surprise them with holiday gifts! Many of the residents have no one, so this is the sweetest thing. I hope they realize how wonderful they really are doing this! I can’t thank them enough on my Mom’s behalf. She was gifted a sweater, fragrance sprays and a cuddly dog with a massager built in. She has that sweet little guy close to her all the time. And she’s named him Cuddles! How appropriate. Thank you Tamyra for doing such a great job with my Mom’s gift! XO

I have a video that is about 23 minutes long of the day the AutoNation employees passed out gifts and some of the residents opening them. I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to watch how happy they are with their gifts and just for being thought of at this time of year. And to you and your own family’s, Joe and I wish you a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to you all!

🙂

Jody

Thankfully, Everybody LOVES Nail Polish!

  

If you’ve been following my blog you know that my mom used to live with us. We did a lot of things together and we had a lot of fun. Last April she had a stroke, and although it didn’t end her ability to speak, it seriously hampered her ability to care for herself. After her stint in rehab was over, and because of her advanced age, we thought it was better for her to stay at the rehab and nursing home. They do an awesome job and I’m sure  you’ve seen my pix and videos of her on the SoFlaJo facebook page. She is in better care than I could give her at home, and she is able to socialize in a better setting as well.

   

So on to the reason for this post! Tuesdays at the nursing home are manicure days! A gal who has come to be a dear friend, and who LOVES her own nails looking blingy, is the one that does the manicures. There is no extra charge for it, it is one of the social events on their very booked social calendar for the residents! The residents gather in one of the designated rooms and it’s like a coffee clache with all of them there! I have had so much fun when I’ve been able to attend. Elainey also will go around to the individual resident’s rooms if they are not capable of coming to the mani gathering.

I asked the Activities Director, Nicole, if I could donate some polishes and maybe makeup. She said “Oh Yes, but the makeup has to be new, not so with the polish.” Aha – did I find a great way to get rid of polishes I either don’t like or didn’t want anymore and didn’t think they were ones anyone would want to swap. BUT, I also gathered together some of my unused makeup and hair supplies because Nicole makes “goodie bags” for the residents for special occasions like birthdays and holidays since many of them don’t have any visitors. And that really makes me sad. I’ve done my best to learn the names of many of the residents, at least the ones who are out socializing. And I can confirm that I don’t see some of them ever have a visitor.

A Nail Polish & Goodie Bag donation I made to the nursing home.

So, during this month of November when we should all be thankful for something, I’m thankful that Mom is still with us and that she is receiving such good care. Maybe you would like to take some time out of your schedule and pop in on a local nursing home with a bag of nail polish and makeup (and I’m sure you’re gonna tell me you’re very busy), but think what it would be like to be all alone with no visitors that come to see you. And not all of the residents are elderly. Many have had accidents or illnesses that have placed them in continued care.

If you are interested in just sending off a care package to my mom’s facility, please feel free to send it to:

Broward Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Attn: Nicole, 1330 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Remember to be Thankful this month. And Happy Thanksgiving!

🙂

Jody