Shopping Trip-Thursday, November 9-9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Birthday Party-Monday, November 20-1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


There were 15 residents at the Tuesday, October 10, 2017,  meeting. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the living room.  The current Resident Council Co-Presidents are Joyce Ammerman & Dawn Jackson.  The staff liaison is Mary Farnham.

Old Business:

Minutes from the September 2017 meeting were read & approved.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Annette Thorson, Administrator.

 We are strongly encouraging residents to go through their belongings, sort, and consider it time for fall house cleaning.  Clutter is a health and safety concern.  Our housekeeping staff finds it difficult to keep dressers, nightstands, and closets clean and orderly when crammed full of "stuff."  We will be happy to assist you with moving things, providing boxes, helping you get storage totes, etc.  We all appreciate a clean place to stay and only by teamwork can we make this happen!

Annette also reminded the Council about the risks and benefits of having the appropriate containers for snacks that resident keep in their rooms.

New Business/Action Forms.

Action forms contained HIPPA involved issues.  They were reviewed with those involved and approved.

A review of the policy that prohibits taking beverages out of the dining room.  The only items that may leave the dining room are a closed can of pop and water/ice that is in an approved vessel that is clear/frosted.  Otherwise, no other beverage should leave the dining room, covered or not.

Good-bye and good luck to long time staff member Bonnie Smith.  Bonnie retired on October 25th, 2017.   Thank you Bonnie for your over 25 years of service and dedication.  We will miss you.

If you receive cottage cheese, yogurt, applesauce, fruit cups or any kind of perishable items on your meal trays they will be opened upon receiving them. These items should be eaten with your meal in the dining room.  Keeping items that should be kept refrigerated in our rooms could lead to food borne illnesses. After the item reaches 41 degrees and climbs higher it enters the temperature danger zone.  At this point it can begin to be harmful if consumed. If you receive a snack that is a refrigerated item, you should eat that snack when you receive it or have your nurse put it in the fridge on your floor until you are ready to have it.  When attending ice cream treat events you should be eating those treats in the dining room.  This way we keep the mess of melting ice cream and wrappers in the dining room to be cleaned up. We want you to enjoy the treats, just in the dining room.


PROPER HANDWASHING CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!  Chances are you don't wash your hands as much as you should.  There are 52 million cases of the common cold each year in the U.S. and more than 250 types of food borne illnesses.  Did you know that the human influenza virus can survive on surfaces from 2 to 8 hours?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued strong advisories on the importance of practicing regular, proper hand washing.   Proper hand washing is the first line of defense against germs;  it begins with warm water and soap.  While antibacterial soap has its usefulness, regular soap will do just as well.  The key is to lather up your hands and rub vigorously for at least 15 to 20 seconds.  Some suggest singing "Happy Birthday" or the ABC's to wash the proper amount of time.  Remember to wash the tops of your hands, as well as your fingers and nails.  Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry well.  In a pinch, when no sink is available, there are a number of antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers that will make do until you can reach a sink.


It is that time of the year again to recruit all of our holiday elves to donate $15.00 gift cards for Walmart to be used as Christmas Gifts for our residents.  The last day to donate is Monday, November 27, 2017.    Donors should call Mary Farnham at 612-788-9757 or email her at farnhamm@aol.com for more specific details.  This is also the time of year that we are scheduling holiday carolers.  Contact Mary Farnham at the previously listed phone number or email address if your group is interested in joining us.


Does your busy schedule limit your holiday baking time?  Do you need a few extra goodies for a cookie tray for a family Christmas event?

Here is one solution.  Join us for a Christmas Fundraiser on Thursday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  There will be a large selection of Holiday baked goods for you to choose from.  While you are in the building, warm yourself up, and satisfy your appetite by purchasing a freshly grilled hot dog, pop, chips, or a bowl of our famous chicken soup.

Many of our residents have been working on craft projects for you to purchase as well. 

Come as early as you can for the best selection.  For more questions, contact Mary Farnham at 612-788-9757. All proceeds go to the resident Sunshine Club.  The Sunshine Club provides transportation for outings, Christmas Gifts and entertainment for those who live at Bywood East Health Care.


2 1/2 pounds medium Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples (about 5 or 6), peeled,

cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar     

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine salt     

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats

 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces, plus more for coating the dish.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and arrange a rack in the middle. Lightly coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter. Combine the apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a large bowl and toss to coat. Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish and set aside. Using the same bowl as for mixing the apples, mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt until evenly combined. With your fingertips, blend in the butter pieces until small clumps form and the butter is well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and bake until the streusel is crispy and the apples crispy and the apples are tender, about 50 to 60 minutes.

Let cool on a rack at least 30 minutes before serving.




On the Calendar
Communion November 1
Elections November 3
Concert November 3
Mass (Tentative) November 8
Shopping Trip (Tentative) November 9
Concert November 10
Church Service November 13
Resident Council November 14
Communion November 15
Birthday Party November 20
Concert November 21
Communion November 22
Communion November 29
Church Service November 29

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