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One of Our Favorite Times of the Year

Lifestyle

Everyone has their favorite time of year.  Whether it’s the nostalgia of another moment in life, or a new opportunity to spend time with loved ones, there’s always a reason favorite seasons tug at the heart strings.  In almost everyone’s favorite choice, the underlying theme of family and friends is the reason time together is so special. It’s certainly one of the reasons Moosehaven residents look forward to visits from Mooseheart Boys and Girls over the summer months, as one of their favorite times of the year.

Each summer, the campus comes alive with visitors from Mooseheart.  Residents are eager to celebrate their time together, and have a full schedule of socials, events and sporting competition for their guests to enjoy. Recently, the Mooseheart boys visited the Moosehaven campus and were greeted with an ice cream social and dance.  The floor was filled with laughter and excitement as young and old alike showcased their moves in celebration.

As you passed by each table lined with new and familiar faces, stories reminiscing of time spent in the Fraternity, and in support of the Child City, resonated throughout the night. For every reason given as to why a resident joined the Moose, was an equally impressive reason why they supported Mooseheart. It was an insightful discussion among the participants, with a great appreciation for the benefits of continued Moose membership. In retrospect, it was profound to realize Moosehaven residents represented countless prayers of intercession, and years of support for the children of Mooseheart. The night was truly a family reunion.

The following days were filled with visits to neighboring Lodges and Chapters, and special time together on campus.  From beach parties to cook-outs, residents took delight in hosting the boys and forging new friendships. It was an experience for all, with memories and moments encouraging our guests to come back for another visit, and to continue the goodwill of the Fraternity as an adult.

The Moosehaven campus is now gearing up for our next visit, when the Mooseheart girls come to celebrate Independence Day in the upcoming weeks.  Again, it’s a time of excitement and celebration; and is one of our most favorite times of the year.

The Moosehaven Family

Lifestyle

“Listen to my story about a man named Jed, the poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.”  If you watched TV in the 60’s and 70’s, you know how catchy this song can be. However, within the first few bars, you soon realized the premise of the story and had a true feel for the Clampett family dynamics.

Just like the Beverly Hillbillies, our residents have created their own song about life at Moosehaven, and the invaluable services provided.  Within the first few notes, their song of salvation and gratitude quickly paint the picture of their own personal “why” Moosehaven is now their home.  No matter the story line to follow, the underlying message within each song conveys the family dynamics of our community.

Sit back and listen to the gentle melody written by Moosehaven residents from both admissions programs.  Hear the common theme among the stories told by first-hand accounts from our family members.

Jack joined the Moose in 1954.  Without a thought for the future, Jack enjoyed his time with the Fraternity raising money for buildings here at Moosehaven and traveling the world.  Little did Jack know at the time, his service in the Moose would one day gain him the best experience of his life.  Years later, he now enjoys his retirement in one of the best communities in all his travels. With friendly faces to welcome him home, Jack sings the praises of a helpful staff and beautiful campus.

A fairly new resident, Shirley, joined the Moose in 1985. Learning about the features of Moosehaven, Shirley knew instantly when touring, Moosehaven would become her home. Eager to surround herself with friends of likeminded interest, Shirley feels blessed to be part of the Moosehaven family.

After losing his wife, and part of himself, Jim lived near Moosehaven, but was sinking away in his home.  Overwhelmed with the thought of downsizing and the loneliness he felt, Jim learned about the New Life Program at Moosehaven and had a ray of hope.  The staff readily assisted him in the transition and with a song of gratitude; Jim quickly notes how Moosehaven saved his life. Changing his tune shunning the world, to thriving once again, Jim now has pep in his step and a new song in his heart.

Not wanting to burden their children with the future task of downsizing, many of our Brandon Place residents have moved home to Moosehaven as soon as eligible.  Eliminating the fear of the unknown with preparation, life is now a dance of a whole new beat.  With the amenities and social activities offered on campus, life becomes carefree, without want or worry.

Become part of the Moosehaven story, and write your next verse in life.  Learn more about one of the greatest benefits of your Moose membership.  Visit our admission page at www.moosehaven.org/admissions/, for information regarding our Moose Life Program for Moose members of 15 years, and our New Life Program.

Don’t miss an episode of life at Moosehaven, like us today on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.  You’ll soon hum a tune that resonates with your own lifestyle. Allow the uplifting melody to summon you home; where family and friends await you, to celebrate a harmonious life together and surround you in love.

Sunshine Grand Parents Enjoying Moosehaven

Health Care

Ed and Edie Layton moved to Moosehaven in December 2016.  Ed has been a dual member of our lodge for many years.  Edie has been a dual member of our Chapter.  Edie suffered a stroke last year and lost the ability to walk, communicate and take care of herself.  Being the kind of husband he is, Ed used up a lot of resources having Edie in our local Palm Bay Life Care Center Nursing Home.  All along he knew Moosehaven was a benefit of his long time membership in the Loyal Order of Moose. Once they had made the decision to move, Edie was transported to Moosehaven and immediately placed in the LifeCare Center at Moosehaven for treatment.  Ed was given his own room in Chancellor’s Hall.

While Ed was trying to adjust to the new surroundings and life style, he said there was so much to do; he has not had time to do everything.  His time is spent with daily visits to Edie, driving a golf cart transporting residents and fishing.  Edie on the other hand has been focused not on comfort, but recovery.  The care she is receiving is 5-Star Rated. When we visited with her during the Florida Day Event, March 18th at Moosehaven, she could nod, understand us, recognize us and was eating on her own at the picnic.  Then at the dinner dance that night, she stood up and danced with Ed.  An amazing triumph for Edie and a testament to the care she is getting at Moosehaven.

  • PBMOOSEMAIL | Loyal Order of Moose, Palm Bay Lodge 2311 & Chapter 2193

May 2017 | Volume 30 Issue 1

 

There are signs everywhere!

Admission

There are signs everywhere! Walking onto Astor Street, there are signs on every reserved home in Brandon Place. From apartments to villas, people are not just showing an interest in our program, they’re making reservations to make Moosehaven their home.

By the first of the year, sixteen (16) additional residents will have moved to Brandon Place. To help our new neighbors settle in and acclimate to life on the campus, we’ve coupled them with Brandon Place Ambassadors. Ambassadors provide an insider’s gain to our community and help new residents plug in to activities and features of the campus. Offering a friendly smile and a helping hand not only enhances our sense of community, but is the first sign to new comers of our fraternal spirit.

If all signs are pointing towards downsizing to the right size home, call the marketing office today and let your next sign read, “RESERVED.”

National Nurses Week

Health Care

May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Nightingale became known as “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night. National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.

May 6 was introduced as the date for the observance in 1982.1 Moosehaven provides 24-hour nursing care for our residents who live in the Paul P. Schmitz LifeCare Center. Campus nurses are available as needed for all residents, regardless of where they live.

There are 20 Licensed Practical Nurses and 12 Registered Nurses that deliver a major part of our top-rated healthcare. Nursing Assistants and other staff contribute the support needed for the excellent care shown to each senior Moose member that resides on our campus.

We are proud of our nursing staff. During the upcoming Nurses Week, take a moment to recognize them, to honor them and to thank them for the never easy, but always loving care that they provide.

Marina Mathews

Who Do You Think You Are?

Lifestyle

Have you ever watched that show Who Do You Think You Are? If you aren’t familiar with this, it is a show where a celebrity gets help in tracking down their ancestry through records like old censuses, marriage, birth and death records.

This past weekend, despite everything else I had on my to-do list, I decided to get on ancestry.com. Since I am not a celebrity and this is real life, I had to do my own research. Within an hour of doing this, I was absolutely riveted and maybe more than a little obsessed. It felt like being inside a compelling mystery novel, except it was real and these were MY people and I could see their actual handwriting and feel their presence. I spent almost an entire day and night glued to the computer. I found where other relatives I have never even met posted pictures of great and great-great grandparents.

I even found copies of draft cards from worldwar I and II. I especially wanted to get as much detailed information as I possibly could about where my families came from in Ireland in hopes to visit those places where my ancestors lived and died and maybe even meet some distant relatives that still live there. Still, I learned a couple important things about myself. One: finding credible leads from the mid 1800’s in another country can be very confusing and time consuming. Two: after all the discoveries I made, I came to remember the most important thing of all, while it can feel beautiful and healing to walk the same land where many of my ancestors come from, at the end of the day, we have to be careful about over identifying with any particular group that separates us, making us take on an us vs. them mentality. After all, do we honestly believe one race, class, or gender or creed is better than another? Do we really think God sees us differently?

It can be fun to find belonging in a particular group, but I think it’s important that we place more of an emphasis on how much we are all the same and that we are all equal. I think the most important thing we can strive to be above all else is LOVE. So when I am in Ireland for 10 days this month, I MIGHT try to find time away from my tour group to visit a gravesite or two, but generally I plan to bask in some much need vacation time in a beautiful country and just practice being as close to divine love as I can. It’s a good goal to have no matter who we think we are.

Jennifer Bothast, COTA Moosehaven/Rehab Director

We Welcome new Residents

Marketing

Astor Street is decorated with “reserved” signs. It’s a welcome sight especially when the first sign appeared on our newly built St. Johns Apartments last month. Before the end of the year, Moosehaven will have nine new families in our New Life program. As the cooler temps settle in, new faces will begin to emerge and friendships forged as the events calendar heats up. From deck dinners to holiday happenings, there are plenty of activities for new residents to get plugged in to this fall season.

Our resident will extend a hearty welcome and introduce our new neighbors as family. New residents are eager to be part of our community, and are making plans to participate in upcoming social opportunities.

So, as we gather together this holiday season, we also invite our newest members to be part of our family – welcome them home.

Gini Turner Director of Marketing and Sales