The Press Newspaper
Shopping trips, dining out experiences, Mud Hens games, movies and activities planned for morning, noon and night – there’s always something going on at the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus, thanks in great part to Riverview’s Activity Staff.
While the Activity Staff members have fun implementing all of the facility’s events and activities, it also takes considerable work setting up, transporting residents, keeping score, and making snacks to ensure a successfully event, according to Kendra German, administrator.” All of this while also completing resident assessments and attending resident and family care conferences.”
The Riverview Healthcare Campus dedicated the week of Jan. 19-25 to celebrate the hard work of the facility’s Activities Department. The department, which is overseen by Director Lisa Barrett, who has 31 years of service at Riverview, also includes four state tested nursing assistants who act as Activity Assistants – Mary Diefenthaler, Michelle Curns, Joanne Craft and Nicole Buehler.
Last year, 653 residents participated in various outings outside of the facility. The Activity Department also kept busy providing activities within the facility, with a combined total attendance of 20,288 residents in 2013.
On Friday Jan. 24, the facility celebrated with frosted chocolate chip cookies and a party to announce the winners of the various trivia and other contests throughout the week. The Activity Department offered a challenge to residents to see who could attend the most activities during the celebration week.
Nursing Stations 2 and 6 attended the most activities and won a bowl of treats as well as root beer float party. Three residents tied for attending the most events during the week with attendance at 12 events. All three residents were placed in a drawing for a $5 lottery ticket, which was won by Gurneth Berndt. Donna Whetstone and Carol Rutherford were given $1 lottery tickets as consolation prizes.
The Riverview Activity Department is looking forward to another fun busy year in 2014, because, as they tell residents, “you can’t bloom in your room.”
Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus has been county-owned and operated 143 years. The facility has maintained Medicare 5-Star status since January of 2010.
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