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CRSC residents appreciate visitors

Norma Najacht and Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Kat Craig, who used to help take care of the residents at Custer Regional Senior Care, remembers sitting during a church service with one of the women there, holding her hand.
“And then her family came in to join us," she said. "For them to see someone spending time with their loved one is a happy thing. They live far away or what not, but know (their loved one is taken care of). That makes them feel good.”
Sadly, some of the residents don’t get a lot of interaction.”
“Some even had family right in town that never visited. It broke my heart,” Craig said.
A group of volunteers would come up every week to visit with residents and participate in activities.
“A volunteer would take a certain week of the month and come in and call the numbers for bingo. The VFW would also come in on the fifth Friday of the month and participate in activities,” she said. “The residents always enjoyed visitors.”
Craig said Custer pastor Dave Wagner would also come up and visit with residents, often giving communion.
Senior care would also take some residents out on activities and always encouraged residents to take advantage of them.
“As a caregiver, I always tried to be aware of residents, especially the ones who never got visits, and check on them,” Craig said. “You try to do all you can do to make them happy.”
When families did come up to visit their loved ones — siblings, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, parents and friends — it was always a special day.
Joyce Dryden, age 81, has been a resident of Custer Regional Senior Care for nine years. Although she doesn’t need the one-on-one relationship that other residents there would value, she would like to see more people volunteer for group activities. 

Kat Craig, who used to help take care of the residents at Custer Regional Senior Care, remembers sitting during a church service with one of the women there, holding her hand.

“And then her family came in to join us," she said. "For them to see someone spending time with their loved one is a happy thing. They live far away or what not, but know (their loved one is taken care of). That makes them feel good.”

Sadly, some of the residents don’t get a lot of interaction.”

“Some even had family right in town that never visited. It broke my heart,” Craig said.

A group of volunteers would come up every week to visit with residents and participate in activities.

“A volunteer would take a certain week of the month and come in and call the numbers for bingo. The VFW would also come in on the fifth Friday of the month and participate in activities,” she said. “The residents always enjoyed visitors.”

Craig said Custer pastor Dave Wagner would also come up and visit with residents, often giving communion.

Senior care would also take some residents out on activities and always encouraged residents to take advantage of them.

“As a caregiver, I always tried to be aware of residents, especially the ones who never got visits, and check on them,” Craig said. “You try to do all you can do to make them happy.”

When families did come up to visit their loved ones — siblings, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles, parents and friends — it was always a special day.

Joyce Dryden, age 81, has been a resident of Custer Regional Senior Care for nine years. Although she doesn’t need the one-on-one relationship that other residents there would value, she would like to see more people volunteer for group activities. 

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