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Signature HealthCare Visit July 29, 2015

Last Saturday we made our monthly trip to Signature HealthCare of Clarksville. For this trip Dr. Wenrick brought 3 of her rescue dogs to meet our friends at Signature. The residents loved seeing the dogs, and the smiles on their faces were so bright and happy. We had the opportunity to participate in a friendly game of Scrabble over coffee and Amish Pumpkin rolls. This trip was truly one to remember. If you are interested in joining us on our next trip Scheduled for August 29th please contact our office at 931-551-3351.





Signature HealthCARE Trip 06/20/2015

We had a wonderful time this past Saturday at Signature HealthCARE of Clarksville. With a group of 7, we had the pleasure of spending some quality time with the residents. Over the past 6 months, many of these residents have memorized our names and openly tell us how they always look forward to each of our visits. This time we had the opportunity to sit down to play and bond over friendly board games. It was such a joy to hear laughs and see huge smiles across so many faces. Some of our group visited individuals who are bed bound to read and catch up. It was truly a time to remember. Please enjoy the photos from our trip! We look forward to our next one scheduled for July 25, 2015. Contact our office if you are interested in joining us!


        


Signature HealthCARE Trip May 2015

We have had such an incredible time visiting Signature HealthCARE the past 5 months. We enjoy getting to know many of the residents and the wonderfully devoted staff. During this last trip we were given the opportunity to sing songs and read to the residents. We also had a great time getting to know Maria, one of the dedicated staff members of the facility. Upon our arrival we walked into the room where the group of residents waited for us to sing, and the place was filled with the delicious smell of homemade cookies that Maria was in the process of baking for the residents. We find it so wonderful that the staff takes extra measures to make sure the residents are as comfortable as possible. We look forward to our next trip on June 20, 2015!


 

Signature Healthcare April 2015

This past Saturday our office and friends made our fourth trip to Signature Healthcare of Clarksville. During this visit we participated in Signature's Music and Memory Program, once again. Out of our group of 7 volunteers, 3 of us sat with residents to select music for personalized playlist used for therapy. One of our volunteers Caleb Story planned to return to his resident from last month to complete her playlist. At 103 years old, we learned that she had passed since our last visit. What a wonderful thought that Caleb's time given to volunteer for this person was one of the last smiles she enjoyed before she passed on to a better place. 4 of us provided live music to a group of the residents, it is wonderful to see familiar smiles that sing along with tunes we perform. They always let us know how much they can't wait for us to come back. We always look forward to our monthly adventure to Signature, and enjoy developing relationships with the residents and staff. 


You can learn more about Music and Memory at https://musicandmemory.org/

This time around we were given a special opportunity to sing in a resident's room, a gentleman that is bed ridden. This particular resident is the man that Dr. Wenrick has spent the last few trips with. She has sat with him playing different songs, watching his reaction to each, and marking the ones he would respond to, and then adding it to his personal iPod shuffle to use daily for musical therapy. Spending the past few months with this man, Dr. Wenrick noticed a common response each time a church hymn would play. He especially loved Amazing Grace. Once the group of us were finished singing to the crowd of residents, Dr. Wenrick asked us to come down to her sweet friend's room and preform Amazing Grace for him. I have to tell you I wasn't prepared for the response he gave. Myself, Rebekah, and my friend Megan and Dylan Halter began the hymn. As we sang the first verse of the well-known melody the resident began to mumble and sing with us as loud as he could, tears began rolling down his cheeks, he closed his eyes and tilted his head straight towards the sky. We sang several verses and this sweet man followed along singing the best he could, and just cried and cried in passion to the song that connected so deeply with him. As we finished, we said our goodbyes, and this man began to bawl even louder this time in sadness as we left the room. What a precious moment that I will never forget, and look forward to seeing him at our next trip.

Take a look at few photos from this experience.

   


I am so honored and thankful to be able to use my talents and love for people to spread smiles to the beautiful people at Signature Healthcare. I always look forward to our visit, I can't wait to return next month.

If you are interested in participating in a trip with us please call our office at (931) 551-3351. We would be thrilled to have you join us on our next trip on May 30, 2015 from 10 to 11 A.M. 

Also, we are accepting donations of iPod Shuffles ($40 at walmart), iTunes cards, or any monetary contribution to help supply Signature with iPods and music for more residents. Please contact us if you are interested in making a contribution!

Thank You!

-Rachel Stetler

Clarksville Color Vibe 2015 Benefiting MCFOTS

This past Saturday March 21, 2015 our office participated as a sponsor in the Clarksville Color Vibe 5k event located at Beachaven Winery. This year's Color Vibe supported a local charity called MCFOTS.




Montgomery County Friends of the Shelter, known at MCFOTS, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals in Montgomery County, Tennessee. They do this by providing Animal Control with non-budgeted items for the animals, taking pictures of the animals in their care and posting them to Petfinder.com and Facebook and taking animals from the shelter into our program. They have also partnered with Dr. Ron Whitford of St Bethlehem Animal Control to provide low and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to those who cannot afford to do so.

You can find out more about them at http://mcfots.org/about-us/



It was a successful event full of fun and 4000+ runners. We had the privilege of meeting many wonderful Clarksvillians, serving thousands of cups of Gatorade and handing out colorful Double Bubble Gum!

We want to share our wonderful day of color with you! Enjoy!

We began the day with ZUMBA to warm up before the run!







We definitely had a great time.
This was a fantastic way to help out MCFOTS as well as promote heath and wellness in our community.

We look forward to being apart of MCFOTS Mutt Strut in October 2015!

Nursing Home Trip February 2015- UPDDATE

Take a look at our album from our trip to Signature Healthcare this past February.






Nursing Home Trip February 2015

Our office staff and friends spent this past Saturday morning with our second visit at Signature Healthcare of Clarksville. We had such an incredible response from our last trip from others wanting to be apart of what we are doing. Therefore, this time around we had a group of 13 generous people join us to help spread smiles to the residents of this facility. Manicures where given, music was preformed, stories were read, conversations were held, friendships were sparked, laughs and smiles were inspired! We also shared 5 dozen homemade cookies with the wonderfully loving, and dedicated staff of Signature Healthcare.


We left Saturday morning with a wonderful opportunity to partner with Signature Healthcare of Clarksville to help provide items needed for their Music and Memory Program. We are so excited to be able to help them in their endeavor with this program.

Check out this trailer to see what its all about!





Here is the link to the official Music and Memory webpage for more information.... http://musicandmemory.org/

We truly believe in the power of music! This is an outstanding way to reach out to others in need in our community!

Please continue to follow our blog and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/drchristinerwenrick to stay up to date on what you can do to help with this endeavor.

We have another trip planned to Signature Healthcare on March 28, 2015, join our Facebook for details on how you can be apart of this trip! 

Please also see that we have The Color Vibe Event coming up on March 21st! We are so excited to be apart of this. Our team is growing every single day. This is going to be such a fun way to support MCFOTS (Montgomery County Friends Of The Shelter) http://mcfots.org/





Thank You All,

Rachel Stetler


Nursing Home Trip January 2015

Hello, my name is Rachel Stetler.  I am the Office Manager at the Dental Office of Dr. Christine R. Wenrick.This past weekend our office participated in a community outreach.  Dr. Wenrick, Rebekah Cook, myself, my husband Alan Stetler, Connor Lopshire, and Caleb Story took a trip to Signature Care Nursing Home to spend our morning with the residents.  Since this trip I have been inspired to share with you our experience.


I woke up Saturday morning not really knowing what to expect about this new journey. We had spent the week preparing an acoustic set with song selections ranging from Elvis and Johnny Cash to Rihanna and One Republic.  In all honesty, (thanks to Hollywood) I personally thought that a nursing home was a place where people retire, and live together in peace and harmony, play bingo, eat mashed potatoes and cottage cheese, have Valentine’s Day sock hops, and Summertime ice cream socials, or whatever. So I figured that our carefully prepared set and our bright young energetic faces were sure to get the nice elderly folks clapping, laughing, and moving their feet.


We arrived at the home where we were led to a large dining hall with a dozen or so chair-less tables.  A wall was cleared for us where we began to set up our gear. A staff member announced she would begin to bring in the residents.  Dr. Wenrick followed to assist.   Shortly after, they entered into the dining room each pushing a wheelchair which they parked facing our wall, and then turned around to repeat the process. Trip after trip each resident was carefully pushed into the dining hall. As the residents were being rolled in, I quickly realized that my Hollywood perception had failed me.


We were instructed to begin. I looked up at our audience with a smile and a “thank you for allowing us to spend time with you!” only to see about 30 people with blank faces and hanging heads and no smiles.  At that moment my heart broke.


Everyone looked so sad.  There was no spark, no hint of will or passion. The theme of the room was all hope is lost. It’s like they were just waiting to die.


Connor turned to me and mumbled “maybe ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (Johnny Cash) wasn’t a good song to start with after all”. I was nervous at that point, and very uncomfortable. Letting my self-conscience get the best of me thinking at this point, “Why did we sign up to participate in this awkward situation”? I looked back at Alan who gave me a wink, then looked at Connor , we both took a deep breath and began- “I hear a train a coming…..”


I am pleased to say that we made it through our set.  It was beautiful music.  We didn’t gain much reaction during our performance, maybe a few cricket chirps here and there, a gracious hand clap from a staff member, and a few others. There was a women sitting in the back of the hall sitting with her mother who was a resident. This resident hung her head, and looked at the floor the entire time. The women who I think was the residents daughter, had tears in her eyes the entire hour. I believe this woman was struggling with the heaviness of the room and her poor mother being in the home. There was also a man that was sitting with a resident that I believed to be his mother as well.


When I finally announced that we would be leaving them with the final song of Happy Trails by Roy Rogers,  an employee spoke up in an eager tone, “Are you all going to be coming back? ‘They’ (as in the residents) are already asking. They have enjoyed this so much!”


We played our last song.  As we began to pack up, the residents began to be ushered out. Both family members of residents came by and thanked us. Several employees came by and thanked us.  Finally a sweet resident approached us in her chair, and introduced herself as Peggy Sanders.  Ms. Peggy just went on and on about how great we were, and how everyone really appreciated and enjoyed what we did. She told us how she was in the home because she was sick, and that this was really what she needed to have a good Saturday.  She said, “This place really needs youngsters like you to come in and make us smile.” She insisted on us returning soon, so we promised we would. 


On the car ride home I couldn’t stop thinking of those faces of the residents.  I couldn’t stop thinking of the son of a resident, or the daughter of the resident that sat in the back wiping tears of sadness out of her eyes. I also felt grateful for the beautiful people who are strong enough to choose to have a career in this field; I know that I couldn’t handle it. These employees truly have a job that goes unappreciated in our society.  Our entire group agreed on how these residents, employees, and family members just need something positive to look forward to.


It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to have the invitation and doors open for us to return to help provide joy and smiles to the residents of this home. We look forward to returning the last Saturday of every month.  We already have residents sending in song requests for our next trip. The staff has asked us to continue to return as much as we possibly can. We pray that as the month’s progress that anticipation builds more and more with each visit for our return. It is nice to know that just showing up and being who we are has caused these lovely people to have something to look forward to.


Our next visit it February 28th. We are all excited to return.