Our Blog

Heart to Home works hard to create an enriching activity program. Our blog captures the essence of day-to-day activities and happenings at our residential care homes. You will notice a larger emphasis on outdoor activities during the summer months and more in-house events (music therapy, pet therapy etc.) during the winter months. Given our smaller size you will also notice that our staff have frequent times where they can enjoy one-on-one outings with our residents.

November 1st

Halloween Fun

We had so much fun on Halloween this year. We had a costume parade at each home where staff and their children or fur-children met each resident in costume. The residents passed out candy to the children and there were big smiles all around. Such a fun day for everyone! A big thank you to our wonderful staff for making this such a special day for our residents. More photos on our Facebook page.

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October 11th

Fall Fun

We are having a ball this fall at Heart to Home. We've had a few fun rounds of ping pong, enjoyed the last few rays of sunshine and had lots of birthday celebrations!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano

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September 1st

Pink Cow Ice Cream Truck Visit

What better way to enjoy the summer than with some drippy ice cream from an ice cream truck? We invited our friends from Pink Cow Ice Cream to stop at each of our houses for a visit. It completely ruined our appetite for lunch, but was TOTALLY worth it!

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August 30th

Birthday Parties & Wizard of OZ Themed Night

We had so much fun here at Heart to Home this month. We celebrated two wonderful birthdays and had a fun Wizard of OZ themed night... Complete with a visit from Toto (therapy dog) while watching the original Wizard of OZ movie. Here are a few photos from the fun events. Enjoy!

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July 26th

Fourth of July Painting & Baking Activities

We like to keep busy at Heart to Home. On this special day we worked in the kitchen baking a fresh loaf of banana bread followed by an arts and crafts activity. The arts and crafts activity was 4th of July themed to help celebrate this fun holiday. Smiles all around!

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June 14th

Minnesota Zoo Outing

After a hot and humid weekend we were a bit worried how our group outing to the Minnesota Zoo would work out, but the weather was perfect! After getting all the residents up and ready for the big outing we hit the road to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We arrived in the mid-morning and everyone was eager to see the Minnesota Zoo. For some residents this was their first visit and for most others this was their first visit in many years. We were joined by a group of volunteer nursing students and Josh's two older children Charlie and Oliver. The residents enjoyed seeing all of the sights, sounds and attractions at the zoo. The favorite part for most everyone was seeing all of the children running around with smiles on their faces and no cares in the world... Ah, to be a kid again... It was a wonderful trip and we look forward to making it back soon!

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April 6th

Heart to Home | Easter Celebration

We had a fun Easter celebration here at Heart to Home. We started the night before by having staff hide Easter eggs throughout the homes. Then on Easter morning the residents and daytime staff had a fun Easter egg hunt throughout the homes. A fun activity to get us moving and to bring back those cherished childhood memories. We  had lots of smiles and a few too many pieces of chocolate!

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February 29th

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! This month at Heart to Home we filled the house with Valentines decorations and crafts, among other fun activities. For Valentine's Day we used our fine motor, team work, and communication skills to complete many loving crafts, including a "Be My Valentine" banner, paper heart garland, and Valentine's for our hard working staff! We also engaged all of our senses by making snacks for our favorite animal friends, bird seed cakes and dog biscuits! Finally, we have had fun engaging our gross motor skills with a new parachute! It is fun for our residents of all abilities to participate in.
 

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January 22nd

New Year Treats!

Happy New Year!
Here at Heart to Home we wrapped up December by making some of our favorite Christmas cookies and reminisced about our favorite holiday memories. We welcomed 2016 with a New Years party with hats, confetti, sparkling juice, and a countdown.

This week we are keeping warm making scented neck warmers with rice, tube socks, and essential oils. This required teamwork, communication, fine motor skills and upper body body strength. They sure are cozy and relaxing on cold winter days!

We are also fighting cabin fever by creating "I Spy" Puzzles out of rice, water bottles, and house hold objects, playing Bingo with our home school student visitors, and baking extra treats.

Next week we hope to visit some of the local businesses for coffee and ice cream!

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December 30th

Heart to Home | Holidays

It's hard to believe 2016 is just around the corner! We have been busy as elves here at Heart to Home filling the houses with decorations and holiday treats!

The week after Thanksgiving we decorated the Christmas trees. Grabbing the ornaments and reaching for branches required a lot of fine and gross motor skills! Since then we have been busy stringing popcorn and cranberry garland, painting, creating glittery ornaments, and making our own holiday wreaths. All of these activities required decision making, motor planning, along with fine and gross motor and social skills. We also enjoyed a fun festive music concert courtesy of Joanne Bolles.

Next week we are looking forward to bringing in the new year!

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