Veterans Outreach Center receives computers from Blossom North

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On July 8, 2014, Blossom North and the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, NY came together to help local Veterans. The nursing home, located at 1335 Portland Avenue, donated a number of computer monitors, towers, keyboards, and printers to the organization which will be given to Veterans in the community.

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Earlier this year, the nursing and rehabilitation center upgraded its computer equipment to coincide with the implementation of electronic medical records. As a result, Blossom North was left with extra computer equipment, still in excellent condition. Rather than throw out the functioning computers, the facility wanted to give back to the community, especially our Veterans, and contacted the center.

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The Veterans Outreach Center helps Veterans in Rochester with housing, temporary financial assistance, employment and job training, education, and much more. You can learn more about their organization and their services by visiting www.veteransoutreachcenter.org.

If you are interested in donating computers or other equipment, please contact the Veterans Outreach Center. All equipment must be in working condition.

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Residents do summer shopping at Blossom North

On Monday, June 30, 2014, residents at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center spent most of the day shopping for new clothing for the summer season right in their own building.

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From 10 am through 3 pm, Fashion on Wheels set up shop on the second floor of the nursing home to allow residents to browse through their merchandise. Residents had access to the basic essentials along with brand new pants, shirts, dresses, pajamas, and jackets. Accessories such as fashionable handbags and hats were also available.

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The event, which takes place approximately every six months at Blossom North, is one that the residents look forward to. Whether they are here for short term rehabilitation or long term nursing care, they enjoy any opportunity to exercise their independence and perform tasks that they were able to do when they were home, like clothes shopping. By bringing Fashion on Wheels into the facility, residents can shop on their own or with the help of a Blossom North staff member.

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With a large summer selection available, residents enjoyed the opportunity to add to their summer wardrobe. We look forward to having Fashion on Wheels back this winter.

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Blossom North Residents have a green thumb

Blossom North residents were able to enjoy the warm weather yesterday during a gardening activity which took place on the nursing home’s patio.DSCN1104

Residents were given flowers to plant and care for this month and they’re doing a wonderful job.  Each Thursday at 2pm, residents check on the progress of their flowers DSCN1103and share stories of gardens they have taken care of in the past.  One residents in particular, Nate gets a lot of enjoyment out of this activity as he been gardening for years before he came to Blossom North.  In past years he has even planted and cared for a vegetable garden right on the nursing home’s patio.

With all this lovely weather and the careful attention residents are paying to their flowers, we’re sure the plants will continue to grow and Blossom.DSCN1105

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Blossom North celebrates June Birthdays

On June 26, the staff at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center threw a specialDSCN1114 Birthday party for all residents whose birthday fell within the month of June.

With seven residents celebrating this month including Catherine Crum who turned 101 years old at the beginning of June, many residents made sure to attend the party.  A local musician provided music by playing the violin and encouraged residents to sing along to their favorite songs. Of course, one of the highlights of the event was the delicious birthday cake provided by Blossom North’s own Dietary Department.

On behalf of the staff at Blossom North, we would like to wish all our residents with JuneDSCN1110 birthdays a very happy birthday and many more years of health and happiness.

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New therapy gym opens at Blossom North

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center opened a brand new therapy gym for the rehabilitation unit, much to the delight of staff and residents alike.

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Prior to the opening of the new gym, the nursing home provided two smaller gyms on two separate floors. Residents received physical therapy on the first floor and received occupational therapy and speech therapy on the second floor. Now, all therapy services are available on one unit in an easily accessible room that does not require the use of the facility’s elevators.

“It’s been very exciting,” said physical therapist Pam Dulan. “Residents want to be in here where they didn’t before.”

Having all three therapy services conveniently located on the rehabilitation unit with more space than ever before allows the Blossom North therapy team to help more residents at the same time and encourages more interaction between residents.PT Room4

“The other day we had two residents cheering each other on,” said Dulan. Other physical therapists have also commented on the increased moral and participation of the residents as the gym is easier to get to. Residents who used to struggle to get to their therapy appointments are now able to wheel themselves down the hallway with little to no trouble. The room also allows for more natural light to permeate the room and makes the gym a more cheerful place.

If you are interested in taking a tour of our new therapy gym, along with the rest of the Blossom North nursing home, e-mail Sharyn or call (585) 544-4000 to schedule a tour.

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Families come to visit Blossom North for Father’s Day

Father’s Day at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was filled with food, fun, and families.

On June 15th, all the male residents were able to dine together in the second floor dining room to enjoy music played by a local guitarist from 12pm-4pm. Two musicians from the community  came in to play a selection of folk, classic rock and retro styles of music. They had all our guests singing along with big smiles on their faces.

FathersDayMusicFamily members joined residents for a pot roast and potatoes lunch and enjoyed a selection of pies for desert. They enjoyed the time spent with their families and commended the staff on a very well executed event. Some were also happy to share their joy in the Memorial Day Carnival Blossom North held last month. (For more details on our May event, click here.)

With good music and good food, what Father’s Day would be complete without a Father’s Day card. Whether they had visiting family members or not, all male residents at Blossom North received hand made cards provided by the Girl Scouts, seen below. They all came out beautifully and residents were truly appreciative of the gift. We thank the young ladies for the time and effort they put into the cards and look forward to seeing them soon.

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For details on future events at Blossom North, be sure to visit our Activities Calendar page. You can also view more pictures on our Facebook page.

We wish all the father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day and thank everyone who made the day so enjoyable for our residents.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society to hold educational program for staff

MS LogoMembers from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Rochester, N.Y. will be coming to the Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center early next week to provide a special information session for staff.

The MS Society provides information on MS, advocates for services and proper care for those with MS, and raises funds for MS research. The Upstate Chapter, which is located in Rochester, offers professional counseling services, support groups, services for those who are homebound, recreation activities, and educational programs.

On June 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., one of those educational programs will be held for Blossom North staff to increase their familiarity with MS. The program will cover general information on MS, treatment options, and the different services the MS Society can provide residents.

For more information on MS or the National MS Society, visit their website at www.nationalmssociety.org.

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