On Sunday, November 24, the Syracuse Region served a Thanksgiving dinner to the residents of Malta House and Malta Manor, an assisted living facility located in North Syracuse. About 60 residents took part in the meal; those unable to come to the dining room had dinner brought to their rooms. The tables were set with themed placemats, napkins and cups with centerpieces of pilgrim hats, fall leaves, colorful stars and cobs of corn. The menu, prepared by a local caterer, was typical Thanksgiving fare: turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans and cranberry sauce with pumpkin pie and apple crisp for dessert. Everyone remarked on how delicious everything was and how grateful they were to have this special day. The nurses and aides confided that the residents look forward to this event every year.
The Syracuse Region also holds monthly “birthday parties” at Malta House, serving lunch and dinner to the residents, ending with cake and ice cream and a rendition of the Happy Birthday song sung by members of the Order and residents in honor of any residents who may have celebrated their birthdays that month. This is another event that the residents look forward to and enjoy.
We are always thankful to the children and grandchildren of members who come and assist with serving the residents. The elderly greatly enjoy having the younger ones around to talk to and sing with.
The Syracuse Region has celebrated its Right to Life Mass at Malta House in past years and joined with the residents at other Mass celebrations. Birthday cards are sent to the residents on the occasion of their birthdays. Other annual events are a 4th of July cookout and a December Christmas party complete with gift bags for each of the residents. At present, our members are working with the staff to make improvements and update the common rooms at the entrance and in the entertainment/dining area.
We, members of the Syracuse Region, are happy to be serving the elderly in our area, to bring light and joy into their daily routine. We are grateful to the residents of Malta House for welcoming us and accepting our care.