WHEN WE INTERVIEWED OUR RESIDENTS FOR THE COMMITTED TO CARING CHALLENGE ONE OF THE COMMON COMMENTS WE HEARD WAS “I WANT TO PARTY “.
OUR TEAM CAME TOGETHER AND WANTED TO FULLFILL THEIR DESIRE TO PARTY BUT ALSO WANTED IT NOT JUST TO BE A PARTY. WE THOUGHT HOW CAN WE TOUCH UPON OUR RESIDENTS WITH MORE THAN JUST A FUN NIGHT?
SINCE IT WAS MARCH, WE THOUGHT HERE IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR A MARDI GRAS PARTY THUS “BEYOND THE MASK “. WE REACHED OUT TO OUR FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS AND ASKED IF THEY SO DESIRED TO SEND IN AN ESSAY AND PICTURES OF THEIR LOVED ONES. WHO THEY WERE, THE LIFE THEY LIVED.
WE ALL TEND TO OVERLOOK THAT EACH OF US REGARDLESS OF IF WE WORK HERE OR LIVE HERE HAVE HAD A LIFE. WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE THAT LIFE AND GENTLY REMIND EACH OF US THAT THIS IS WHO THEY ARE. THEY ARE WIVES, HUSBANDS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS. OUR RESIDENTS LIVED A LIFE AND WE WANTED TO TRY TO TELL THE STORY.
A REMINDER TO US ALL THAT MOST OF US DO WEAR A MASK BUT BEYOND THE MASK IS WHO WE REALLY ARE OR WHO WE WERE. THIS LIFE IS WHAT SHAPED US. WE ENDED UP WITH 18 COLLAGES OF OUR RESIDENTS AND THEIR LIFE.
WE HAD THREE SEPARATE LOCATIONS FOR FUN AND FOOD, INCLUDING A MARDI GRAS GAME ROOM WITH BLACK JACK, ROULETTE AND DICE. WE HAD AN OUTSIDE ARE WITH DRINKS AND ROOM FOR RESIDENTS AND FAMILY TO GATHER. THE WEATHER WAS GORGEOUS!!!
OUR MENU CONSISTED OF: JAMBALAYA, CRAB CAKES, MUFFALEETA SANDWICHS, SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS AND MARDI GRAS COOKIES.
RESIDENTS AND FAMILY WERE ADORNED WITH MASKS AND BEADS.
IT WAS A NIGHT FILLED WITH FOOD, FUN, MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT AND BEVERAGES BUT MORE THAN THAT WE WERE ALL REMINDED THAT BEYOND THE MASK ARE OUR LOVED ONES.
OUR FAMILY, YOUR FAMILY, ONE FAMILY COMMITTED TO LOVING, GIVING AND CARING UNITED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Some of our residents' reactions:
Ernestine Glover responded that the most fun she ever had was going to New Orleans with her sister. She said the Mardi Gras party reminded her of the fun times with her sister. Mrs. Glover responded to describing her perfect day as getting up, dressed, and getting out of the bed. She did just that! She was up, dressed in bright colors for the Mardi Gas Ball and had a blast!
Larry Bryant said the most fun he ever had was when he went dancing. His face was lit up with a smile as he danced the evening away with several of our partners.
Rebecca Brown’s most fun she ever had was clubbing and partying. She came dressed in Purple pants to party at the Mardi Gras Ball and wore the most beautiful smile all evening long.
Lula Bash Bail replied that partying and dancing was the most fun she ever had. Three of her family members joined her at the Margi Gras Ball and partied the evening away with good music and tasty New Orleans style food.
John Martz stated the most fun he ever had was partying. He showed up at the ball dressed in a Mardi Gras top hat and beads ready to party and hit the tables in the casino room. When he was asked if he could have one thing, what would it be – he replied “a million dollars” and he tried to win big at the casino on the Blackjack table, Roulette, and Dice! And YES he won, not a Million, but enough he cashed in for a nice prize.
Sharon Terry described her perfect day as getting up in the morning and being happy! At the ball, Mrs. Terry wore a perfect happy smile for the entire evening! She even posed for a picture in her Mardi Gras mask and beads!
Barbara Hill’s favorite job was when she was a bar tender. If she could have one thing, what would it be- she replied to make drinks and go to a bar. We were unsuccessful in talking her into bartending for the event, but she was tended an O’Douls in her room that put a “Hallmark smile” on her face.
Samuel Carpenter refused to answer the questions on the Dream Discovery Form. When passing out the Mardi Gas party favor keepsake cups full of candy, beads, and gold coins to the residents that did not want to get up for the party, he was observed with five family members at his bedside . His family decided to bring the party to him. This was captured in a photograph that will be sent to the family for their memories.
34 residents attended the Beyond The Mask Mardi Gas Ball. That is a record for our facility! We had 6 residents that attended that very rarely ever get out of bed/ their room. They all had an amazing evening that showed in their smiles and body language. Though all 34 of the residents that attended did not submit a dream, it was evident that they enjoyed the party/dance!