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4S Wednesday, May 2, 2000 Community News Residential care home provides needed services By Debra Coates informal singing group who ed backyard and the planter Managing Editor have used the na e Silver boxes titled with colorful flow- When Doreen Wood talk6 Streaks. ers. about her kids, she's not refer- Days at Woodhaven ha'-v¢ a After a light dinner, the resi- ring to her grown children, regular rhythm• Breakfast is dents like to retire early, and she's talking about 100-year- served at 8 a.m., then it's time they have cozy rooms decorat- old Stella Boles and 92-year-old to shower and dress• Both ed with their own mementos Gilbert Luman. Stella and Gilbert are fastidi- awaiting them. Each bed is Stella and Gilbert live at ous about their appearance,covered with a handmade Woodhaven, Doreen's residen-Gilbert always wears slacks, quilt, and many sport the resi- tial care home. Doreen and her a shirt, sweater, and sports dents' favorite stuffed animals• husband, Rob, live there too. jacket. He often dons a tie, and Stella shares a room with a And that's what Doreen is wears a hat when he's outside, long-time friend who is tern- most proud of, that she provide Stella likes to have her done, porarily in another facility a home for elderly men and and recently chafed at a pair of going through rehabilitation. women who otherwise might shoes that Doreen suggestedStella is anxious to have her have to stay in a more institu- she wear. "Those look like old friend return. tional setting• lady shoes," Doreen recallsDoreen has three rooms for While Doreen beheves that Stellasaying. her residents. The women such facilities are necessary Mornings include exercise--share two rooms with a sepa- for those who need more care, either chair aerobics or walk- rate bathroom. Doreen wants to provide a ing. Woodhaven is on a quiet The men's room has its own comfortable home for those tree-lined cul-de-sac, an ideal attached bathroom. Gilbert has who are independent, but no place for the residents to walk. had roommates in the past, but longer able to live alone. "All of the neighbors look for now he has the room alone• So, Doreen and Rob have out for them," Doreen said.Doreen and her husband transformed their East Quincy She noted that it's important have a bedroom and sitting home to accommodate six for the residents to have some area at the other end of the elderly residents. During a degree of independence, so house• visit to Woodhaven last week, they are allowed to walk unac- Also in residence are Smiley this reporter found Doreen; companied on their own street, the very, well fed dog; Spike a her assistant, Lynette; Stella; But whatever activity is rather fat, calico female cat, and Gilbert sitting down to selected, it's back to the living Speedy, the geriatric, black afternoon tea. room by 10 a.m. to watch the cat; and Sebastian, the parrot. Tea time is 3 p.m. and the "Price is Right" on the big"Pets are very important," residents gather around the screen television. Doreen said, adding that Stella kitchen table to enjoy a cup, a "It's their favorite show,"enjoys the pets unless they nutritious shake and a home-Doreen said. jump on her bed. made goodie: On this particu- There's usually a morning Stella was recently the cen- lar day, it's sweet rolls fresh nap, then it's time for lunch, ter of attention when she from the oven. the main meal of the day. turned 100. Doreen hosted a Visitors are welcome at tea Doreen prefers to prepare acelebration with about 100 time as they are at any time of light supper, especially during guests on April 21. the day and evening. And, the summer months• Stella likes to show visitors while family members stop by, When weather permits, the scrapbook that Doreen the residents also enjoy regu- afternoons will find the resi- made in honor of her 100th lar visits from members of the dents sitting on the deck, birthday. Meadow Valley Church and an enjoying the view of the wood- Birthdays and holidays are Bee Clark, loft, is a regular visitor at Woodhaven. She comes to visit her friend, Stella Bolos, who recently celebrated her lOOth birthday. Doreen Wood, owner of Woodhaven, a residential care home in Quincy, Speedy, the cat, from getting in the way of resident Gilbert Luman. the pine needles in the front yard of the residence. celebrated at Woodhaven. asked• "but I'll go and Doreen especially enjoys deco- She said there are three pri- quently to rating for Christmas, but she mary concerns for the elderly: adjust•" adds a festive touch for every loneliness, nutrition, and med- People holiday, ication. She ensures that those Woodhaven needs are taken care of. mouth, and, Doreen said that Woodhaven through the Why Woodhaven? offers an alternative for peg- She usually haS; Doreen said she opened ple. "I had two women come to of people Woodhaven after her experi- check out the place and they her. ence as a home care specialist, never left. They just had their When Stella She said she realized that too things brought over•" atives, she often, people have no place to But sometimes, residents ready to go go. have to leave when they need a that she "'What do you do with your higher a level of care. Woodhaven. morn or dad when they can't "It's pretty sad when they And that's theb live at home anymore?" she have to leave," Doreen said, pliment Do d Sill III II Continued from page 3B County Sheriffs deputy is the first person to arrive on the scene. Many times they are administe,rmg emergency, medical care by themselves Fire De prior to the arrival of the res- want to cue squad or the ambulance• County They also offer their assis- and the deputies tance after the rescue squad and dedication and ambulance arrive on in need scene• County. 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