SARANAC LAKE - The holidays are a time of celebration and fellowship, and this is especially true for the residents and staff at the Mercy and Uihlein Living Centers in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
Earlier this month the residents at the Mercy Living Center were treated to a visit from Thera-Pets of Butternut Ridge in Peru, N.Y. Thera-Pets is a ministry of animal therapy for area nursing homes, and while there are several types of animals for visiting, the most popular are the miniature donkeys. Not only do the Thera-Pets provide joy and companionship, each of the miniature donkeys has a unique and interesting background that is shared with the resident.
The holiday season wouldn't be complete without caroling thanks to the local Boy Scouts, and an outing is also planned to admire the holiday decorations throughout Tupper Lake. A holiday meal for residents and their family members will be held at the Mercy Living Center at the end of the month.
Mercy Living Center resident Loretta Coombs, left, enjoys a visit from one of the miniature donkeys with Thera-Pets. The organization, which plans to visit the Uihlein Living Center also, promotes healing and well-being through animal therapy at
(Photo courtesy of AMC)
The miniature donkeys will be making an appearance at the Uihlein Living Center when it plays host to a Holiday Bazaar Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
In addition to items for holiday gift giving, there will be games, music, goodies, therapy pets and a visit from Old Saint Nick from noon to 2 p.m.
Carolers, community groups and other civic organizations will be visiting the Uihlein Living Center throughout the month, and residents will be taking a tour to see holiday decorations in their community. A "Giving Tree" has been set up in the Main Dining Room for distribution of gifts to residents on Christmas day, and a holiday meal for residents and their family members will take place at the end of the month.
Both Mercy and Uihlein residents are participating in yuletide traditions of holiday baking and creating holiday crafts.
"We have a full slate of activities for our residents throughout the year," said Michele Byno, Chief Long Term Care Officer for Adirondack Heath. "The holidays are no exception, and we make every effort to make sure our residents can enjoy the celebration and blessings of the season."