Peggy Dinan (left) with her sister Lucy
After spending most of her adult life living and working in Cleveland, my sister Lucy had planned on ending her years there. But six years ago, she fell and fractured a hip and since then has been unable to drive. Having married late in life, and she had no children of her own but “adopted” each and every niece and nephew that came along always remembering them and other family members on every special occasion.
We were a family of seven siblings with Lucy having been No. 3 and me No. 7 with an 18-year difference in our ages and she always treated me as the daughter she never had. After her injury in 2010, she was pretty much confined to her home alone 140 miles from me, necessitating my frequent trips to Cleveland to check on her and take care of her needs. Two nephews also helped, but they lived 45 minutes away.
Before her injury, she was involved in numerous activities such as her condo association and Red Cross and was an officer in many of them while also participating in many activities and trips. As her hearing waned, she became less involved and more withdrawn and finally agreed in 2015 to spend the winter with me. While we were vacationing two weeks in California, she agreed to a respite stay at Primrose where I have worked as a part time RN the past seven years.
I knew it would be a perfect place for her with her own apartment, a caring staff, and many other wonderful people with which to associate. And it was only 10 minutes from my home. She seemed to adapt well to her new home, completed a three-month respite stay, and she agreed to stay on as a permanent resident. We moved a lot of her furniture and personal things down from Cleveland and she now refers to Primrose as “my place” and her former condo as” my other place.”
Primrose offers a wide variety of activities and Lucy thoroughly enjoys the crafts. She also enjoys watching Cleveland sports on television and playing word search games.
by Peggy Dinan
Easter Bunny visits Primrose
We had a busy March at Primrose of Council Bluffs. As a way of hopping into spring, our residents made delightful Easter Bunny cookies. With a little bit of frosting and a marshmallow, they were a big hit. In fact, the cookies were eaten before the residents made it back to their apartments. We made flower book markers and refrigerator magnets, as well.
On Good Friday, our residents enjoyed an amazing lunch. To our surprise, the Easter Bunny showed up at Primrose in Council Bluffs. He hopped around our dining room visiting with our residents. Pictured below is Bernice Gallo taking a moment to have her picture taken with him. The Easter Bunny left her some Easter eggs filled with lots of goodies. Primrose would like to say “Thank You” to Dallas Johnson Greenhouse for donating beautiful Peace Lilies for our tables in the dining room.
Primrose residents enjoying the Spring Fling party
Is it Spring yet? Mother Nature may be telling us she’s not sure but the residents at Primrose of Sioux Falls Primrose celebrated with a Spring Fling Tea any way!
Approximately 50 residents were in attendance for this fun and musical event. The Grand room was decorated with pastel Spring colors and tea pots, picket fences, and lots of florals. Sandra Harmon entertained us with beautiful songs of Spring and hymns. Her wonderful voice created some tears as olden times were remembered. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Lou Clarey did some readings about Spring and how it makes us feel refreshed. It is truly a great time of the year. Wonderful door prizes were handed out that were related to the Spring season.
Our residents said that the event gave them a great feeling, that they loved the music, and that the door prizes were very cute and pretty! They look forward to celebrating again next year. Happy Spring everyone!