The residents of the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community have a new set of wheels.
A second van is making it possible for residents of the skilled nursing facility to get out and about to more places, more often.
"They're going to a lot of movies," said Russ Goddard, director of marketing. "They go shopping at Wal-Mart every week. We take them to the parks. Recently, we took them to the airport to watch the planes fly in and out."
The residents had occasional outings before the arrival of the new van. But because transportation had to be available to take people to appointments, the old van could rarely be used for outings.
Goddard and Marie Mennen, activities director, are working to expand the activities offered the residents.
Quite a few carolers will come calling at Rim Country Health, at 807 Longhorn Road in Payson, this month.
The first batches arrive this week. The Payson Regional Medical Center Carolers will be entertaining residents at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. More carolers will visit on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Girl Scouts will be caroling for the residents at 11 a.m. and members of the MOMS Club will be arriving at 3 p.m. with more music, plus Santa.
The Soroptimist Club will have a holiday-themes Cake and Coffee Klatch for Rim Country Health residents at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.
Still more sounds of the season will ring through the halls at Rim Country Health at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, when Bob Morgan brings his Christmas Show to the facility.
Residents will enjoy two Christmas festivities hosted by the staff at Rim Country Health. There will be a "12 Days of Christmas" party at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Christmas dinner for the residents and their families will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 21.
For New Year's Eve at Rim Country Health, residents will have a pizza party at noon. This is the third year the event has been held.
Residents are doing their part for the holidays, as well. They will be baking Christmas cookies Friday, Dec. 8. They and the staff have adopted families from the Time Out Shelter through an Angel Tree. The public is invited to participate.
Stop by Rim Country Health and Retirement Community between now and Dec. 19 to select an angel or two from the tree in the large activity room and buy gifts. The gifts must be back at the facility by Dec. 20 for delivery.
Not all activities at the facility revolve around the holidays during December. There are poker and bingo games. The next poker night is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Bingo is played almost every day of the week.
Residents can work out twice a week and enjoy music on the first and second Tuesdays with Frank Alan the Guitar Man and again on every other Friday with the Gospel Singers from Calvary Chapel. Bible study and church services are also offered to residents.
There are also special programs for the facility's Native American residents.
To find out more or to offer an activity for the residents, contact Mennen at (928) 474-1120 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
She will also be able to share information about giving gifts to the residents of Rim Country Health and Retirement Community.