As of Wednesday, June 20, 2018
“This is my family here – all these people here are more than residents: they are my grandpas and grandmas,” said GHR Activities Director Amy Farris. Last year, Farris became a certified activities director, solidifying what she loves to do at GHR.
With that level of attention focused on the GHR residents, Farris offers a variety of events and fun tasks for the GHR population. Most recently, she set up a “fashion show” where local youth came in and paraded their best duds for GHS residents.
“They love kids and they love to see people,” Farris emphasized. “They lit up – it was great.”
At least one day a month, Farris can be seen rubbing lotion on hands, softening cuticles and painting nails. This has not only been an activity she has done herself, but one her twin daughters, Micaela and Macenzie, 17, have also assisted with throughout the years.
The Farris girls practically learned to walk in the halls of GHR and have both volunteered and worked there for years. Micaela recently became a certified physical therapy aide.
Bingo, morning coffee, singing, playing dominoes, coloring Easter eggs and cutting and pasting can all be activities in which residents participate.
“There is not one set activity that fits everyone,” she explained. “I talk to each resident and their families and see what they like.”
Farris grew up at GHR as her mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. Throughout the years, her own blood relatives have been in GHR, as well. Farris has been employed at GHR for a total of 15 years.
“These people really are part of my family,” she smiled. “I love them.”