Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

May 2016

Welcome to May.  Flowers, gardens, (& lawn mowing), etc.  And don't forget Mother's Day. 

Contrary to popular belief Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the Hallmark Card Board Room.  As I understand it, in the U.S., Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers.  She called it Mother's Work Day.

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

After the death of Anna Jarvis in 1905, her daughter, also named Anna, began to lobby prominent businessmen and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers.  In 1913, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother's Day, subsequent to Anna's memorializing of her mother's dream and her favorite flower during church services in West Virginia five years earlier.  In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

However, irony struck as the honoring of Mother's became more commercialized and Anna Jarvis became quite enraged.  She believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit.  She even filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival in 1923 and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling the symbolic Mother's Day carnations for a war mother's group.  Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition.

As you know, despite Jarvis's misgivings, Mother's Day continues to flourish.  In fact, it is my understanding the second Sunday in May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out.  That said, it would be very helpful to us if you would let our dietary department know if any residents are not going to be here that day as we might be able to accommodate more guests if requested (please let nursing know as well so medications can be prepared as necessary).

For those wishing to obtain a guest meal on that day so they can eat here with a resident, please be sure to contact our Dietary Department directly at 608.882.9017 and leave a voice mail with a return phone number if no one is available.  It is important that we have reservations within the first couple of days in May so we order sufficient quantities of food.

Although the unofficial influenza "season" ends this month (and it has thankfully been a season of low incidence throughout Wisconsin), we still want to remind you that anyone exhibiting respiratory distress symptoms, or if in contact with those who are, should refrain from visiting.  If anything is questionable they should mask, covering both the mouth and nose, when in the building.

It should also be noted that any gastrointestinal distress symptoms (often called stomach flu) should also be addressed in the same above manner as indicated for influenza.  AND "ALWAYS WASH THOSE HANDS"!

As hospitals and clinics in the area are still experiencing some incidents of both of the above, we want to be very watchful of the extent to which they are occurring so that we employ protective measures for our residents if needed.  Please be observant of any signage we might advance in case our monitoring for concerns should cause us to implement visiting or isolation prophylactic procedures.  We really appreciate how careful and effective everyone has been and thank everyone for their cooperation.

As has been suggested previously, we are including a listing of the employees who will celebrate Evansville Manor employment dates during this coming month. We, therefore, want to acknowledge all of those employees accordingly and you will find the current month's personnel in the attached.  Congratulations to all.  We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to us and our residents.

And, happy Mother's Day to all. 

Cliff