Winter Activities at Pioneer Memorial

Christmas may not have felt like it normally did for many people across the country, but that's why staff at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services took extra steps to spread some holiday cheer to their senior living residents. The holiday season is usually a time of joy and coming together with family. For residents in senior living facilities, though, this Christmas was different.

“You know, every season we want it to be as fun as possible, but especially this year, just with COVID and just the limitations and everything that has taken place. We felt it was important to make it the best we could for our residents. We wanted to keep everyone's spirits high and just make it as much fun out of the occasion as we could," CEO of Pioneer Hospital & Health Services Lindsey Hauger said. "Seeing them find the joy in all of this, when it is hard some days, reminds all of us as staff members why we are doing what we are doing. It makes coming to work that much more meaningful and on these hard days we have all had, it really puts things back into perspective of why we do what we do, "Hauger said.

Departments took part in a fun “Battle of the Trees” contest by filling our arboretum with gorgeously decorated trees! The trees were on display throughout the holiday season for residents, family visiting their loved ones, and staff to enjoy! Everyone got to vote on their favorite tree!
A huge thank you to Parsons' Insurance Agency for their generous donation of Christmas gifts they purchased for all of our senior living residents! It is wonderful to have such a caring community! The residents had a very special guest deliver the gifts to their door - Olaf and his Elf helpers!
The love we have felt from our community and other facilities has been amazing this holiday season! Our residents have received over 1,000 letters … which have included a lot of artwork for them to hang in their rooms! Thank you to all of those that have taken the time to bring holiday cheer for our residents!
Our residents definitely made Santa’s “nice” list this year! He went around to all the resident holiday parties and delivered gifts to each resident; along with his elf helpers and Mrs. Claus!
Residents were a part of a holiday breakfast served by manager. The breakfast was set up restaurant style and enjoyed by all.
Our residents listening to the beautiful music from Kayla Mehlhaf, CNP!
The staff had a fun time “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” dancing with the residents; and also caroling to all the areas!
Residents love doing crafts! They had many craft activities throughout the holidays … including making a tie blanket and some snowmen!
Residents were able to take five bus trips throughout the holidays to see Falls Park all decorated in Sioux Falls!
A snow day doesn’t stop our ladies from getting their hair fixed! Thank you so much to Pastor Mark Ostrem from Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene for coming to Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home for devotions with our residents! It warmed their hearts!

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