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May 2019 News and Events

Coffee Club 

Come join us every Monday morning at 9am in our Piano Lounge for coffee and conversation! See our gorgeous facility, meet new friends, and enjoy a complementary mug on your first visit! No need to RSVP, feel free to just stop by!


Muffins with Mom

Muffins will be served in the Piano Lounge on Saturday, May 11th from 9-11am. Families are welcome to join us, grab a muffin, and use this opportunity to visit with mom or grandma the day before Mother's Day! 


Assisted Living Brunch Dates

Family Brunch

Friday, May 17th at 10:00 am  -  Assisted Living

Friday, May 17th at 12:00pm  -  Memory Care 



Resident Brunch 

Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00 am - Assisted Living 


National Nursing Home Week!

May 13th-17th

Each year nursing homes all over the nation take a week to celebrate nursing facilities, their residents, families, and staff! This year's theme is "Live Soulfully." So this year The Gardens of Cedar Rapids is living soulfully through the 5 senses! Each day will be focused on one of the senses, check out the details below! 


Monday "Touch"

Table for One Massage will be in our Piano Lounge from 11am-2pm offering 10 minute chair massages for staff and residents! Stop by and check it out!

Tuesday "Sight"

See what makes our facility great! Our residents, family members, and staff! Pictures of the past year will be posted throughout our long term care facility, please take a minute to stop and look around!


Wednesday "Smell"

Come to the Piano Lounge from 10-2 to learn about how scents can affect the body and to make your own scented lotion, soaps, and flower arrangements!


Thursday "Taste"

Each of our department heads belonging to our long term care facility will be creating a favorite or a well-praised food creation and sharing it outside of their office! Be sure to stop by, say hello, and enjoy a taste! Stop by the front desk on the day of the event for a list of where to stop!


Friday "Hearing"

Music will be played in the Piano Lounge at 10a, 11a, 2p, and 3p! Be sure to stop by and enjoy filling your ears with a musical variety! Special performance at 2 by our resident bell choir!

Lineup -

10:00 Energetic Oldies with Dave Wirtz

11:00 Piano with Kathy

2:00 Performance by the Jingle Belles and Beau! (Resident bell choir)

3:00 Soothing classics with Ron Burgess


Happy Hour Lineup

Fridays at 3pm in our Piano Lounge- live music and drinks!

May 3rd - Accordion and guitar with Leo Shima and Gayle Cuppy

May 10th - Broadway style piano with Betty Debban 

(May 10th Happy Hour includes a SPECIAL HAPPY 95th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR HELLEN B.-S.!!! Cake to follow music at 4pm)

May 17th - Piano with Ron Burgess

May 24th - The Accordion Club

May 31st - Relaxing finger guitar with Scott Englebow


Weekend Events

Saturday, May 11th

9-11:00a Muffins with Mom (Piano Lounge)

10:00a Bingo with Prairie High School Key Club (Skilled Dining Room)

Sunday, May 12th 

1:30p Musical Fellowship with Stonebridge Church (Piano Lounge)

Sunday, May 19th

1:30p Music with Loco Lee (Skilled Dining Room)

Saturday, May 25th

10:00 Art Class with Betty- Pot Painting and Planting (Assisted Living Activity Room)




Resident Spotlight

Mary Hayden


Mary was born on May 3rd, 1928 in Marengo, Iowa to Ben and Florence Merritt. Her father worked at the Post Office and took care of their 13 acres of land that held cows, chickens, pigs, and rabbits. Her mother was a housewife. She had four brothers, one is still living today and resides in Marengo. Mary was the second oldest child. When she was younger she always wanted to be a nurse, but ended up working as an office manager. 

She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1946 and married her husband in 1947. The couple was married for 53 years, had three children (two girls and a boy). Her son lives in St. Louis, one daughter lives in Solon, and the other daughter lives in Knoxville. Mary has seven grandchildren. 

Through the years Mary always enjoyed sewing clothing for herself and the kids. She liked to cook and is well known for her peanut clusters. Join us on Thursday, May 30th at 3:00pm in the Piano Lounge as we celebrate Mary and get a chance to taste her famous peanut clusters! 




Regular Reminders

Labeling Laundry

For those residing in our long term care facility, laundry should be clearly marked or labeled with the resident's name. This helps ensure all laundry is returned to their proper owner. See Brenda our Housekeeping Manager for assistance or questions. 

Transportation to Appointments

Assisted living tenants have access to transportation to/from appointments on Thursdays during business hours. This needs to be coordinated with Terry our Maintenance Director or Eva our Activity Director. We appreciate one week's notice to accommodate everyone's schedules. (Please note that transportation cannot be guaranteed in the case of multiple tenants needing transportation to appointments. The first scheduled will receive priority.)

Meal Punch Cards

We love to have guests at our table! If you are a regular attender, please purchase a meal punch card ticket at the front desk. All meals are just $5, and the cards are sold in 5 meal or 10 meal increments. Your server will ask to see your punch card at the time of your meal. See Tina at the front desk to purchase or for questions. 




In Loving Memory

Dorothy Waln  9/24/21 - 4/18/19

Dixie French  1/4/31 - 4/26/19

Charlie Eichhorn 2/10/37 - 4/27/19

Clarence Dvorak  7/6/42 - 4/28/19 




Happy Birthday!

Mary H.  5/3

Lenore M. 5/5

Anne M.  5/5

Helen B.-S. 5/10

Karen R. 5/17

Lynn S. 5/17




Gardening Tips from our Master Gardener, Emil

Water Warning

"This is the season that most flowers are over watered, resulting in the death of the plants. Never eater in excess particularly following a wet season. Read the instructions on the plant's label when you purchase and do no throw the instructions away. If you need to make a label for your plant, be sure to include depth to be planted and whether the plant needs sun or shade. This is important for maintaining healthy plants."  -Emil

Buying a Tree?

"It is very common for people to purchase a tree for their yard without paying attention to the label. Purchase a tree that will grow in your area. Then keep it watered until frost. The tree will store the water in its roots. I myself have planted over sixty trees over the years and watched them grow." -Emil 



Wishing you all a wonderful month!


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