March 6, 2019
Even at age 93, with her nursing career in the past, Madelyn Murano is still taking care of people as best she can. She became a nurse during World War II after first trying her hand at factory work.
“I didn’t really [decide to become a nurse]. I knew that I had to do something,” she says. “I went to work in a factory and it was terrible. The vocabulary was much to be desired.” She lasted about six months at the factory before her sister encouraged her to make a better plan for herself.
“Right next door it said ‘Join the Army.’ I didn’t want to do that,” Madelyn says. She also saw signs seeking nurses “and I decided, well, let me take a shot and see what I can do in nursing,” she says. “I was 18 then, when I walked in that door.”
Madelyn says the cost for her tuition at the time was $400, a price she worried her family couldn’t pay. But when the time came, she says, her father came up with the money and she was able to start her career. She took to her new job quickly and would stick with it into the 1970s.
February 22, 2019
Orchard House is an adult day center located in Branford, Connecticut. These friendly visitors traveled from Guilford and West Haven. We will be hosting them for a coffee social meet and greet where we will play games encouraging our residents to interact with our new visitors.
February 15, 2019
Cookie is the owner of Fitness Fury, a mobile gym that travels to you. Drumming is a fun activity that utilizes drum sticks to encourage our residents to move with music. This event occurs every two months, it's a special day for our residents.
February 14, 2019
Every Thursday, Haley, a classically trained musician, and local high school student visits Whispering Pines. The atmosphere of our dining room is transformed as Haley shares her gift of music by playing Beethoven, Motzart and Bach. It is such a beautiful compliment to our resident's dining experience.