Sidney Health Center Extended Care recently named Anna
Mathieu the 2016 Resident of the Year. Anna was honored at a celebration on
Tuesday, February 21 in the dining room at Extended Care. Family, friends and
staff gathered to celebrate the occasion with a brief program including special
music, a cake in her honor and refreshments.
Anna has called Extended Care her home for almost 13 years.
Her private room is a reflection of her previous home accented with homey
touches and seasonal decorating. She has always loved the holidays and would
diligently decorate the family home to make each holiday a special one. Her
beloved son Bruce visits daily and is instrumental in changing the décor as the
seasons change through the year.
Anna continues to make friends at Extended Care. Prior to
moving in, she spent three years visiting her husband Burt, when he was a
resident. Anna was a faithful wife and visited him on a daily basis until his
passing in 2001, shortly before their 50th wedding anniversary. The time spent
with Burt during his last years helped make her move into Extended Care a little
easier, as she knew many staff members and had developed great relationships.
Many area people know Anna as an elementary teacher. She
taught for several years before retiring in 1984. To this day, retired teachers often come for
coffee to visit with her. In fact, several people who are past students enjoy
sharing their memories of when she was their teacher. Her love of reading
continues and is always appreciative of those who share good books with her.
Through the years, Anna’s personal interests have included
sewing, knitting, cooking and faith. She has three children including Nancy,
Brent and Bruce, who have families of their own including four grandchildren
and seven great grandchildren.
Through quality nursing care, activities, self-improvement,
and friendships, Extended Care proves there is more to aging than growing old.
The goal is to show others how companion animals, the opportunity to care for
other living things, and the variety and spontaneity that mark an enlivened
environment can succeed where pills and therapies fail. In short, Sidney Health
Center Extended Care believes:
• Aging is
a natural and normal life process
should not limit a person's right to experience life to its fullest
should be able to live their life at their highest level of health,
independence, and well-being
Often, people feel more comfortable in surroundings that
meet their individual needs for friendships and activities, as well as
safety. In striving to meet each
individual's unique and specific needs, Extended Care offers specialized
environments with specialized staff.
Extended Care continues to work with volunteers to offer
activities that interest the residents. If you are interested in becoming a
volunteer, please contact Kris Radke, Engagement Services Director at 488-2338.