Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

May 2018

Welcome to May, finally.  I didn't think it would ever stop snowing this winter/spring!  Flowers, gardens, lawns, etc are finally starting to turn green.  However, with the recent temperatures already in the 70's, I feel we may have skipped spring and went straight to summer!  Besides the warm weather and greenery, May brings Mother's Day!

The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  St. Andrew's Methodist Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine.  Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.  Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.  Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother's Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day."  However owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother's Day as a local holiday.  In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.  Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day, she became resentful of the commercialization of the holiday.  By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards.  Jarvis believed the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day, and that the emphasis of the holiday was on sentiment, not profit.  She then resulted to organizing boycotts of Mother's Day, and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved.  Jarvis argued that people should appreciate and honor their mothers through handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards.

So in the spirit of Jarvis, I would like to personally wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day.  I would also like to acknowledge for some it is not a day of celebration, but one of the most difficult days of the year.  This is especially true for woman facing infertility or those who have experienced the loss of a mother, child, or other loved one.  Being a mom is like no other job in the world!  The job is never done and is often motivated by pure, unwavering love, while at times seems unappreciated.  Let's reach out to all the moms in our lives to remind them how loved and appreciated they are in honor and celebrate them with a blessing!

Just as a friendly reminder 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 can order sufficient quantities of food. 

Last reminder, although the unofficial influenza "season" ends this month, we still want to remind that anyone exhibiting respiratory distress symptoms, or if in contact with those who are, should refrain from visiting, even on Mother's Day.  If anything is questionable they should wear a 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 address in the same above manner as indicated for influenza.  Both hospitals, clinics and the community have recently seen an upswing again of the influenza in the recent last few weeks.  Hopefully it will be done with the warmer weather now, remember to ALWAYS WASH THOSE HANDS!!!

Happy Mother's Day to All!!!