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ASSISTED LIVING'S "BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED" CLUB'S PROJECT TO SAVE THE BEES!

ASSISTED LIVING'S "BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED" CLUB'S PROJECT TO SAVE THE BEES!

RESIDENT DIRECTED CARE

Our large nursing home and assisted living center can be compared to a neighborhood with seven homes (households). Each household has a living room, dining room, kitchen and resident bedrooms. You enter the household through a front door. The elders who live on the household dine there and participate in social events with the other elders and staff. Our households have consistent staffing and team leadership so elders and their families are part of decisions about their life and care.

Outside of the household are the areas shared by all; beauty shop, gathering room (main activities center), chapel, therapy gymnasium, reception area and Lucky’s Café. These are places where the whole neighborhood gathers. There is also a lot of visiting between the households. We love parties and competitions. Some examples are the annual Senior-Senior prom, Olympics, Chili cook-off and sporting events. 

Great things can start from humble beginnings.  Earlier this year, Amy Mullins (Household Leader for Kugler Woods Assisted Living at SEM Haven), noticed one of the elders (Edna) seemed a little sad.  Edna shared that she didn’t see the point in her life anymore.  Amy offered some simple words that changed Edna’s life, “Bloom where you are planted”.  This gave rise to an entire conversation between the two women. They discussed that that no matter where a person is in life, he or she always has the ability to positively affect the surrounding world, whether it takes the form of community volunteer work, helping to preserve the environment, or simply helping take care of others who are in need.  Edna found solace in this conversation, and the two women decided to start a club devoted to making the world a better place. The name of the club was – appropriately – “Bloom Where You're Planted”. With Edna as President and Amy as an advisor, they decided a most unusual starting point: BEES! 

New diseases are causing the collapse of honey bee colonies worldwide, and the population is continuing to decrease. That directly affects humans, as bees help pollinate about 70 percent of the world's food supply. How would two women battle a worldwide crisis? By starting their own backyard beehive! The club, currently devoted to the upkeep and proliferation of the hive, has already grown to twelve members, and has raised enough money to run a second hive. Bees are just the beginning for this new club. Their next goal is to help a local orphanage by making sure each child receives a gift for Christmas. These two women and the club members are blooming bright and strong, and are truly working to make a difference in the world. ‚Äč