By Ellie Goings, Gordon Countryside Care Director
Gordon Countryside Care has been a fixture in our small town since the 1950s. Truth be known, small town nursing homes are struggling to keep their doors open and every facility faces hardships in this day and age. It truly is the support of amazing communities and individuals that continue to allow these small homes to go above and beyond for their residents.
The staff at GCC has, and continues to provide excellent care for their residents and provides fun activities to enhance the quality of life for our elders. Summertime is especially busy in our little home. The activity department, lead by Myra Ward, works very hard to provide fun activities both inside and outside the facility.
Our outings this summer have been extraordinary. We rode horses at Horsepice in Alliance, Neb., fished and picnicked at Chadron State Park, ate at Wild’s Bar and Grill, took in a play at Post Playhouse, attended the rodeo at the Sheridan County Fair, and went to Prairie Wind Casino to try our luck.
It has been the overwhelming support of this community that has made it possible for us to “stay on the move” and for this we are most thankful.
We are now reaching out to this same community to share our big plans to continue to make our residents’ stay at Gordon Countryside Care an enjoyable and memorable one.
Our Chapel area at the facility is used for all our indoor activities. These include ladies’ chat, Bingo, coloring time, Sip and Paint, church services, crafts, family gatherings, puzzle building, music with Myra, men’s coffee, spa days and cooking with Gaylen.
The Chapel has had several small improvements through the years, but it is in need of upgrades to better serve our residents. Our plans are to install new flooring, windows, cabinets, lighting, and slap on a fresh coat of paint.
This project will be funded exclusively with fundraising monies. To date approximately $4,000 has been raised and the projected cost of the project is $30,000.
“Your contributions are making a huge difference in the lives of our residents,” said GCC Administrator Stephanie Huffman.
“I have witnessed first-hand the smiles you have brought to those residing here. I am proud to serve a community that cares so much for others,” she added.
Your donation would make a huge impact on the lives of the residents at Gordon Countryside Care. Please reach out to Myra Ward at (308) 282-0806 with questions about our exciting project. You can send donations to 500 E. 10th Street, Gordon NE, 69343.
“The community contributions have not only enriched the lives of the residents, but also the staff at GCC,” said GCC Activities Coordinator Myra Ward.
“We love the smiles on our resident’s faces. To have an updated space to hold activities will without a doubt bring many more smiles, laughs, and great times.”