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The dinning room at the Walbridge Wing got a makeover last month. A new kitchen was added. Now the residents can enjoy doing the baking themselves. “A kitchen and the many smells floating from the kitchen gives a sense of home,” says Jean Gianinetti, Wing Activities Manager. “We are excited that residents can participate in cooking and baking activities.”
The Kitchen is equipped with a special heat induction oven/stove, new counter tops, refrigerator and the necessary cooking/baking dishware and utensils for most any recipe. The kitchen was in place for Thanksgiving and the residents got to help prepare the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The new kitchen area helps round out a variety of features to make the dining room cozier, including a fireplace, piano and television. All of the features are the results of many generous donations
Additionally, the residents at the Walbridge Wing can now bike, fly, and drive all through the new It’s Never Too Late adaptive computer system. The phenomenal computer presents a simple and fun way to access the general public through email and instant messaging to the residents of “The Wing.” With many of our residents suffering from dementia, lost independence due to decreasing strength and flexibility, isolation from loved ones, and decreasing cognitive skills, this technology bridges the gap and engages residents in exercises that keep them active. Thanks to evolving technology, families can interact with each other by scrap booking, playing cards, or going for a ride together, all with wheel chair accessibility and a touch screen computer. “The IN2L system is amazing. It will benefit all our residents, even those in the end stages of dementia. We are so thankful for the generous donations that made purchasing this system possible, it will definitely have a positive impact on our facility.” said Kristen Eskelson, Long Term Care Director.
Residents can stay in touch with friends and family members by typing an email, sending an audio email, or sending and receiving pictures. Equipment such as a touch-screen, an adaptive keyboard (large buttons), and a wheelchair accessible work-station allow residents of different abilities to utilize this system. This system can also enhance therapy provided by Restorative Nursing, Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy.
Coming this spring the residents will enjoy the newly remodeled gazebo and water pond activities area. Work began this fall by repairing the fish pond and water fall. The construction of an enlarged gazebo is underway and expected to be completed this coming spring. The new gazebo will be approximately 18 feet by 30 feet and will include new sidewalks, making it much easier for wheelchair use.
The staff and residents of the Walbridge Memorial Wing would like to thank the Freeman E. Fairfield Charitable Trust, Anne Lloyd Crotty Charitable fund, the Mary Elizabeth Crotty O’Reilly Charitable Fund, KRule Construction, Berry Brothers, Redi Services, LLC, and the many individual donors and volunteers. These generous grants, donations and volunteers made it possible to provide the adaptive computer system, the new kitchen and the new gazebo area for increased activities.
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