Resident life at FVC

Resident life is rich at FVC. Each day brings new adventures.

August has been a busy month at Friendship Village Columbus! Even during COVID, we’ve been fortunate to find new ways to keep resident life fun. We may be masked and socially distant, but we can still have a good time with friends! See what we’ve been up to at FVC in August.

Summer Concert

There was music in the air at Friendship Village! On Monday, August 3rd the rain stopped just in time to dry the chairs for 60 residents who turned out to hear the Tony Hagood Trio perform. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and set up socially-distant seats outside so that everyone could enjoy the music. Everyone had a rousing, toe-tapping time!

Tony Hagood is the accompanist for the Village Singers, which our resident, Jim W,. conducts, and he arranged for The Trio to perform. In addition to a wonderful concert, he commented that it was the first time that everyone had been able to get together with one another in four months. “That was an additional blessing,” he said, smiling. The residents were so happy with the performance, they are having The Trio back for another concert in September.

See a video from the concert here.

Mustang Show

Baby, you can drive my car! Check out these photos from the Mustang stampede at FVC.  We had nine participants from Mustang Club of Ohio come out for a car show at FVC on August 8, with cars from 1965 to 2014! Our resident and club member Jim M. organized the event. The cars formed a parade around the flagpole and drivers parked them afterward so residents could take a peek under the hood!

The Mustang Club of Ohio got its start in 1974, right here in Columbus! It’s actually considered to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Mustang Club in the USA and was started before the Mustang Club of America. The MCO is now a very active regional member and draws its membership from central Ohio. It has won many national awards and is considered one of the top clubs in the country.

Jim joined the club in 1988, when the membership was around 30. Membership in the club is now over 250! It’s a very active club and has held two national conventions here in Ohio. Last year, Jim was honored as the first member to receive a lifetime membership in the MCO. About 25 residents lined the drive and enjoyed the car show, masked and socially distanced, of course! Jim is already working with the club to make next year’s drive-through one to be remembered.

See a video of the show here. 

Frances celebrates 106th birthday

Our resident and friend Frances celebrated her 106th birthday on August 21! (Ruth) Frances Carmedy was born on August 21, 1914, in Hyatts, Ohio. Frances played on the Hyatts School basketball team and also returned each year for the school’s alumni banquet, driving herself there even in her late nineties! She worked at RANCO on King Avenue until she retired. She also worked as a seamstress and enjoyed baking birthday cakes for customers and friends. Frances is a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church and enjoys playing cards. (Euchre is her favorite). When she lived in KarMel Woodward Park, she was known in the neighborhood for her beautiful flower baskets. She was recognized by the neighborhood association with a most attractive neighborhood home award. There were more than 20 baskets that hung from the roof overhang on her home.

Now, Frances is a resident and good friend at Friendship Village and has great friends like Fred & Ruth Ann Helser, Lois Lindblom, and Mike Lindblom. Today we celebrate a life well lived! Happy 106th birthday, Frances. We are honored to have you as a friend and resident. You can watch us sing Happy Birthday to Frances here

Resident Gardens

Our residents have been enjoying the weather and tending to their beautiful gardens! Look at these lovely plots. 

Fitness Classes

One of the best perks of living at Friendship Village Columbus is our fitness program. Residents can get up and moving with our variety of fitness classes. Plus, it’s a great way to stay healthy and avoid boredom! Our Fitness Coordinator, Kristen Kullberg, teaches fitness classes for independent and assisted living residents as well as in our Health Care Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in science and nutrition and is a certified personal trainer. She is also certified in Senior Fitness and Delay the Disease, an exercise program designed for those with Parkinson’s.

Photography Classes

Smile for the camera! Part of living at Friendship Village Columbus means making room for what matters most to you, and for some of our residents, that means enjoying a photography class.

COVID Testing

We’re committed to the safety and health of our residents and staff, which is why we’re testing our staff every two weeks. Our staff members also received T-shirts because we are stronger together!

Socially Distant Social Activities

When our residents can’t make it out to their garden or Friendship Woods, they can enjoy socially-distant socializing in the Friendship Hall Lounge or grab a quick read in our library. Copies of the Columbus Dispatch and Wall Street Journal are available every day for the residents to read.