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What s happemng at Harbor Healthcare? By Rosanne Pack become part of Fun Friday, and Two or three rings of activity are not unusual at Harbor Health- care and Rehabilitation Center, and last week was no exception. Residents and staff members were still telling tales of the visit of Princess the Clydesdale .horse with a bedside manner when it was time for observing Halloween and sharing a shopping opportuni- ty. Princess visited the halls of Har- bor Healthcare on Oct. 24 as part "of nationwide Make A Difference Day volunteer efforts. Haunts and happy goblins were there Oct. 30, to show how Halloween and reha- bilitation can work together. Shopping was a bonus feature when the Wardrobe Wagon rolled in with a complete line of special- needs clothing as well as trinkets, knickknacks and sundries that help residents feel at home and comfortable with their surround- ings. Sandy D01e, activities director at Harbor Healthcare, said that Fun Fridays have become a tradi- tion at the center. The staff of the rehabilitation department came up with the idea of choosing a Friday theme that incorporates actual re- hab work with a good time. "The staff figures out a theme that they can build related activi- ties around," Dole said. "The ac- tivities reinforce the residents' physical, cognitive and social skills in a motivating, interactive way." With the staff dressed appropri- ately, residents played card games and had their fortunes told by a Gypsy and got to sample Hal- loween treats. For tricks, those who were daring enough reached deep into a bucket of worms, aka spaghetti, and dug for prizes. Bouncy rubber spiders and other Halloween-oriented toys were wrapped up in the "worms." Dole explained that the bend- ing, reaching and grasping mo- tions necessary to dig for a prize are the same types of exercise that many residents regularly do in re- habilitation. The fortune-telling, card-playing Gypsy,encouraged residents to remember which cards had been drawn and where they ended up on the table. Residents also got to wear clown wigs and other costumes while they figured out which Har- bor Healthcare rehab staff mem- bers were underneath the vampire makeup or behind the skeleton mask. "We're having a lot of fun with this while accomplishing some- thing worthwhile for the resi- dents," Dole said. The Oct. 30 theme was an obvi- ous one, but the staff has also has built Fun Friday rehabilitative ac- tivities around themes of a beach party, country-western day, a car- nival, a '50s day, all sports and an anniversary birthday party for Harbor Healthcare Center. Staff, residents and their fami- lies and volunteers are welcome to the rehab staff is open to sugges- tions for themes, ideas 'and activi- ties. While Halloween festivities went on in one activity (oom, a mini-department store was set up in another. The Wardrobe Wagon, a very special "store on wheels" brought a selection of clothing de- signed for those who need Velcro closures, back snaps and extra pockets to hold belongings while rolling along in a wheelchair or hiking with the use of a walker. A specially trained staff assists shoppers in choosing gowns and dusters that close down the back for easy entry, leisure wear that is both comfortable and fashionably styled and sweaters and jackets for outdoor wear. Dole said that the Wardrobe Wagon sets up at Harbor Health- care twice a year and it serves the uniform needs of staff members as well as clothing needs for resi- dents. Jewelry, hair accessories, shaving supplies, pens and sta- tionery ai'e included in the full line of items that come in handy for those who live in nursing-care fa- cilities. "Even shoes come with Velcro fittings, to make fastening easier," Dole said. "Those who have experienced an amputation can purchase just one shoe. Socks, belts, underwear Rosanne Pack photo Above, having a haunting Halloween happening, staff and residents participate in Fun Friday, a weekly cooperative venture of the rehabilitation staff and activities planners. All dressed up and ready to trick or treat are standinff (l-r) Heather Coleman, Claire Lee, Sallie Broadhurst and Diane McNamee, staff members; seated Estella Adkins and Amanda Loper, residents; and staff member Richard Patino. and sleepwear are all right here, and the company catalogue offers even more selection," she said. Many residents who are restrict- ed in their activities outside Har- bor Healthcare say that they ap- preciate the opportunity to pick out their own colors and styles just as if they are in a department store. Wardrobe Wagon is a fami- ly-operated business headquar- tered in New Jersey. 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