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December 2018




Merry Christmas to our Residents and Family members at GRCC! We had a successful launch of our new Rehabilitation Unit last month and enjoyed the company of so many of our friends and partners in community health. Thanks to all that assisted in the celebration and attended the dedication. The Dietary Department catered the event and did a wonderful job with the help of one of our Board members, Donnalie Hope. Our Chairmen of the Board, Pastor Dick Longbon, was honored with the new unit being dedicated in his name.  We are appreciative of his years of service to our organization. Pastor Longbon is pictured below with the Petersburg High School Senior Art Department Students and their artwork display.

Staff enjoyed our first ever “Best Pumpkin Recipe Contest” in November.  See additional notes and pictures included in this month’s edition. 

GRCC will be holding numerous Christmas parties for residents over the next several weeks.  Our annual staff Christmas Party will be held on December 15th, at 6pm in the main dining room.  A special “Thank You” to Larry and Janie Berg of Grant County Mulch for providing apple dumplings to all employees on December 17th.  We look forward to the fellowship with one another during this season, and wish you many blessings now and in the upcoming new year.



GRCC’s Employee of the Month for the month of December is Wendy Bennett. Wendy has been employed at GRCC for seven years. She began in the housekeeping department, but has worked as a CNA for the past several years. Wendy attends North Mill Creek Baptist Church, she has one daughter, Makayla, and she has two dogs, Bear and Yappy. In her free time, Wendy enjoys cleaning, horseback riding, and hunting.



Happy Holidays!  

As we are preparing for family festivities for the season, we have had several family members ask for ideas for presents for our residents.  Here are some ideas from our office:

1. Clothes- especially sweatshirts and sweatpants.  They are easy for our residents to take off and on, and plus they help to keep them warm.  They would also appreciate undershirts and socks as well.  If you are uncertain regarding sizes ask the CNAs that work with your resident and they will be glad to help you.  If you do buy them clothing, please make sure it goes to laundry so that it can be properly labeled. This ensures that it will get back to your resident.  In addition, please take any used or old clothing out of the closet or drawers and take them home.

2. Lotions/Aftershaves/Body Sprays-  Our residents love to smell good.

3. Coloring Books, and Find a Word puzzle books-  We have several residents that enjoy these.  Activities would appreciate donations as well.

4. Dolls and stuffed animals are appropriate for some dementia residents.  We have some residents that have the animatronic cats and dogs that they truly enjoy.

5. MP3 Players/IPODS-  One family has donated MP3 players on which we have been able to download different genres of music.  Residents have greatly enjoyed the music.

6. TVs- We have had family members ask about information regarding TVs.  Cable in the facility costs $8.00 a month.  TVs should not be any larger than 32 inches.  In addition, we request for TVs to be headset adaptable.  Our residents share rooms with each other, and often they do not like to watch the same program.  If they use the headsets they can watch their program, and if they are hard of hearing, the headsets enhance their hearing.  It is a policy within the facility that if they do not have headsets, televisions needs to be turned off at 10:00 pm, so that they and their roommates can go to sleep.

7. Gift Certificates: Gift certificates for cable and for the beauty shop can be made available at the business office, if you would like to give your resident a haircut, perm, or hair color.  (Ladies love receiving hair gift certificates.)

8. Newspaper Membership:  If resident enjoyed reading their community paper, buy them a year’s membership to be delivered to the facility.  Our address is 127 Early Avenue, Petersburg WV 26847.

If you have any other questions regarding gifts for our residents, please contact us in the Social Services office.  

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Social Services



The month of November proved to be a very busy month for the nutrition services department. On Thanksgiving Day, we served Thanksgiving dinner to our residents and an additional sixty-plus guest who came in to have lunch and celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. 

On November 29th, our department catered the open house for our new therapy unit. We served punch, mini gourmet cheese cakes and brownies, and had fruit and vegetable platters.

We also welcomed a new employee to our department in November. Kaitlyn Kesner joined our team as a Cook’s Helper. We are happy to have her aboard!

Food and Nutrition supervisor, Sheila Phares welcomed her first grandchild, a boy; Liam Bradley Goldizen, on December 3rd. Congratulations, Sheila!

Right now, we are busy preparing for the upcoming Christmas holidays. We will be serving Baked Ham, Baked Sweet Potato, Macaroni & Cheese, Hot Rolls, and Banana Pudding on Christmas day.



Activities stayed busy in the month of November. We had a Veterans’ Program on November 9th. It was presented by the VFW Post 6454, and enjoyed by all the residents who attended. On Monday November 12th we played a special Veterans’ bingo with the money to be won listed on the back of red, white, or blue stars.   

On November 14th the residents enjoyed hot biscuits and homemade apple butter. Then on November 21st the monthly Birthday Party was held with singing and piano music by Joyce Schetrom. Our residents were also treated to pumpkin and lemon rolls baked by Myra Vance of Country Roads Catering. 

On November 28th six residents, along with volunteers and staff went to LaVale for a day of shopping at the mall and lunch at Chick Fil-a. A good time was had by all, and every one “shopped till they dropped.”

I want to thank all of the volunteers and staff who have helped in any way with these activities. We could not do all we do for the residents if it weren’t for your help and thoughtfulness. 

Cindy L. Evans ADC   



On November 27th, our facility held a “Best Pumpkin Recipe” contest. Employees were encouraged to make their favorite pumpkin recipe and bring it in for tasting and judging. There were several delicious entries. However, one recipe rose above. The winner of the “Best Pumpkin Recipe” Contest was a Pumpkin Trifle made by Assistant Director of Nursing, Christina Thorne. Congratulations, Christina!