April 2016 The Traditions Times Traditions Assisted Living & Memory Care 609 hwy 150 n west Union, ia 52175 Phone: 563-422-9200 Fax

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APRIL 2016

The Traditions Times

Traditions Assisted Living & Memory Care 609 HWY 150 N West Union, IA 52175

Phone: 563-422-9200 Fax: 563-422-9300

Celebrating April
Straw Hat Month
Physical Wellness Month
Defeat Diabetes Month
April Fools’ Day

April 1
World Health Day

April 7
Library Day

April 12
Dolphin Day

April 14
World Amateur Radio Day

April 18
Earth Day
April 22


Begins Sundown April 22
International Jazz Day

April 30

From the Director’s Chair by Sandy Koester

April Fools' Day, also called All Fools' Day, is celebrated every April 1st in the United States. While it is not officially recognized as a holiday, many celebrate by pranking, or pulling practical jokes on, their colleagues or by organizing larger-scale hoaxes. As April Fools' is celebrated in different ways throughout the world, it is unknown exactly how the tradition originated. Some cultures saw it as the first day of spring, celebrating with general merriment and feasting, and certain calendars may consider it the first day of the year. One theory for the terming of an April Fool was that some refused to follow these calendars that recognized April 1st as the first day of the year, which resulted in being called an April Fool.

Have you ever been the recipient or the perpetrator of a prank? I myself enjoy a good-natured practical joke. I remember a friend’s story about April Fools’ Day. She started the day by frantically waking up the kids, shoving them through a rushed breakfast and shooing them out to the bus-stop……on Saturday morning! Let me say, I thought it was a hoot, but she continued on. It seems the kids were prepared for her. When she walked back to the house snickering and preparing to enjoy her celebratory coffee and a cream filled donut, her taste buds were accosted first with a toothpaste- filled donut followed by peppered coffee. The kids, of course, had returned to witness her then fruitless attempt to rinse her mouth out at the sink… where they had, you might of guessed, turned off the water. She accused her husband of masterminding that, but he denied it. You gotta love life!
Whether you pull a few fast ones or not on April 1st, it is true that laughter and camaraderie are beneficial for social and mental well-being. Through daily interaction and a variety of activities the residents and staff at Traditions encourage us all to keep smiling.

April 2016

Employee of the Month:

Lisa Dummermuth

Lisa was born June 19th, 1970. She was raised in Elgin and attended Valley Community schools. After graduating she attended cosmotology school at NICC in Calmar. She worked at different salons ending up back in Elgin taking over a local salon where she worked for many years. Lisa joined the staff of Traditions in 2008 as an RA and enjoys working with the residents. She has two daughters, Angela and Andrea as well as two dogs named “Winnie & Dooder”. She currently resides in Elgin and when not a work loves to hunt and shop for bargains at garage sales, consignments stores and flea markets.

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite Food: Chinese

Favorite Holiday: Valentine’s Day

Favorite TV show or Movie

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”

Favorite Music: 80’s Big Hair Bands

What I like to do: Interior Decorating

Best Advice given or received: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Staff Emails
Campus Director: Sandy Koester


Campus Nurse: LPN Nicole Wolf


Campus Nurse: RN/DNP Pam Moss


Dietary Manager: Karen Baumler


Activity Coordinator: Krista Ward


Shift Lead: Jen Langreck


Traditions welcomes

New residents: Charlie Schott, Doris Schott and Virginia Schmeltzer as well as newly hired staff including: RA’s Nicole Villa, Sarah Mausich, Emma Mishak, Robin Laub, Siphiwe Phiri, Dottis LaGrange & Wanda Lansing and in Dietary Nicole Henry & Deb Ziegmann.

The MUSE Hour with Linda & Laurie

We are very fortunate and pleased to host two talented music educators for a new and exciting opportunity during the month of April. The MUSE Hour (Music Uplifting SEniors) is an opportunity for seniors and their caregivers to interact through music and movement. Mondays from 3:30-4:30 during the month of April participants will be uplifted through the universal language of music. The community is encouraged to join us for this free and fun experience. Phone: 563-422-9200

Resident of the Month: Miriam Fritz

Miriam was born the 2nd child of three on August 23rd, 1921.She was raised on a farm near Hawkeye, and attended country school near Hawkeye as well. After school she worked locally caring for people newborns to the elderly.She was active in church and met Leo Fritz. Leo had enlisted in the Navy so they decided to be married upon his return. They wed November 24th,1946 and they made their life together on a farm near Hawkeye. They loved music and dancing as Leo was a guitar player in a few different bands. They were blessed with 3 boys: Paul, Dean and Gene. When Leo retired from farming they moved to Hawkeye. They were active in church and the American Legion. Miriam continued working first in the County Home then deciding(at the age of 59!) to take the course to become a CNA at The Good Samaritan Home. Leo passed away in 1997. Miriam moved to Traditions in 2009. She orignally intended staying to recover from a recent surgery, but fell in love with her room and life at Tradtions so she stayed and has never looked back. She has a positive outlook on life and is quite spunky at 94. She loves to garden, music, playing cards and attending a variety of activities. She says, “There are so many things I never thought I could do in the first place, or could no longer do, but I find myself doing them, from things like painting or exercising, to solving logic puzzles and going on scavenger hunts.”

April 2016

Slow Cooker Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


3 cups sliced strawberries

3 cups sliced rhubarb

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1 cup Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix (dry)

1 cup old-fashioned oats

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup cold butter, cut into cubes

Whipped cream, if desired


1 In medium to large slow cooker, toss strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and orange peel.

2 In medium bowl, stir cake mix, oats and cinnamon. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is size of small peas. Dump on top of strawberry-rhubarb mixture.

3 Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until fruit is bubbling and crisp topping is lightly golden brown. Serve immediately with whipped cream.

Traditions Notes and News

Garden Gifts: The time is approaching when we would like to start our gardening projects. A pink watering can will be placed at the front desk for donations. If you would like to contribute, simply fill out an envelope and drop it in. Residents always look forward to time outdoors.

Spring Cleaning: This is a good time to assist & encourage your loved one to put away seasonal items and recycle or dispose of items no longer needed. Stop in for a visit and reminisce.
Go Paperless: We would really like to transition to an electronic newsletter. This will allow for more family to have access to it as well as save trees, postage and ink. Current policy is to send one newsletter to the family contact listed on the admission form. Please consider making the change and send your E-mail address to kward@oxfordmgmt.com with “newsletter please” in the subject box.
Facebook: Like us on Facebook! Traditions has a new & exciting way to stay in touch as well as promote our lovely facility. We are still learning the ropes, but check us out. We have several photos and posts each week.

Our eyes are smiling, Irish or not. Thank you St. Croix Hospice!

April Birthdays
In astrology, those born between April 1–19 are Rams of Aries. As the first sign of the zodiac, Arians charge out of the gate with energy, confidence, power, and zeal. As pioneers, Arians are unafraid of the unknown. As eternal optimists, no odds are ever considered insurmountable. Those born between April 20–30 are Bulls of Taurus. Bulls show a steady persistence in endeavors both professional and personal, and after working hard, are not shy about rewarding themselves for a job well done.
Buddy Ebsen (actor) – April 2, 1908

Eddie Murphy (comedian) – April 3, 1961

Gregory Peck (actor) – April 5, 1916

Loretta Lynn (singer) – April 14, 1932

Clarence Darrow (lawyer) – April 18, 1857

Elizabeth II (queen) – April 21, 1926

Shirley Temple (actress) – April 23, 1928

Carol Burnett (comedian) – April 26, 1933

Willie Nelson (musician) – April 30, 1933

Larry Butikofer on the 7th

DeEtte Tibben on the 29th
Quote of the Month
Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. ~Unknown

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