Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Training is going well. We watched a whole lot of videos, have helped serve lunch, bussed tables and today I worked with one of the managers waiting on a group of 18 women there for a business lunch. One of the residents passed away on Thursday so this afternoon was the service, which took the managers out of the building. That left us with the co-managers and they were tied up with other things so we had to oversee the bingo game. The bingo game was in the same room where the business luncheon was so we had to bus the tables, tear down...reset the room in time for the game at 2:00. Just as we started the game, (I called the numbers and Linda sat with the residents, poised to jump up and check the winning card)the fire alarm went off. These are really loud alarms with strobe lights. Do you know how hard it is to call out bingo numbers when these are going off every minute or two ? I-24...BEEP BEEP BEEP....O-75...BEEP BEEP BEEP....Turns out the fire department was there to check the alarm system which entails checking that the alarm, in every single room (we have 115 of them) activates when set off. Oh brother !! So for an hour and a half, the alarms were going off. Linda and I had a great time with the ladies though.....first time we've ever called a bingo game. This time they were playing for "funny money". There are all different types of bingo that are played here.
We're really enjoying the residents and the info we're learning. The residents are so great and just hearing them saying "thank you" after the game was worth a million bucks. They knew that everyone else was busy and couldn't run their game but they were so appreciative that Linda and I made it happen for them. We were happy to do it !
Today our day started at 6:30. We learned how to open the building and get the coffee ready for the early birds. Then we went back to our room till the day really starts at 7:30....just before breakfast. We finished up at 3:30 and now we don't go in until 11:30 tomorrow. We'll work till close tomorrow (around 7:30 or so) and lock up the building at 9. The days go by so quickly....so much of the day is spent eating and being in the dining room with the residents...LOL..We'll get into more of the administrative work over the coming weeks. We're excited to learn all of it !