Hoyt House prepares for Halloween event

Whitney Ashford and Molly Thomas with the Hoyt House made a presentation at the local Kiwanis Club meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at Bee's Lunch Bucket in downtown Sweetwater.Thomas is the new Wellness Director at the assisted independent living facility and noted that the Hoyt House is working on providing different activities for their residents. One of their upcoming projects is a Trunk or Treat to be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.They hope to partner with Avondale Baptist Church in a collaborative effort to hopefully even offer more space for the family-oriented event. Currently, the Hoyt House is looking for local businesses and organizations to set up booths or decorate a trunk to use for the event outside. Residents will be handing out candy inside, and a door decorating contest for kids will bring the Halloween spirit into the facility. Another upcoming event for the Hoyt House is a craft show slated for sometime in November.Thomas and Ashford, the new residence director, strive to offer a variety of activities for the residents by going to several places within the community to stay active. The hiring of Thomas now allows for the center to have a 40-hour nurse on the campus--a first for the Hoyt House.At this time, the Hoyt House has seven residents. Both staff members noted that this number results in each resident getting even more personalized and excellent care.Kiwanis club members also asked questions about the Hoyt House, including the rooms and facilities. Studio apartments and one-bedroom living areas are available, and respite rooms allow for temporary guests to be taken care of by Hoyt House staff.The Kiwanis club typically meets every Wednesday at noon at Bee's Lunch Bucket. However, their venue will be altered for the next two weeks as their meeting will be held at First Financial Bank next Wednesday, September 19, then at Broadway Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 26.