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Heritage Manor News: Activity participation

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Patricia Duplechin, resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)
Participation and involvement are words that we all know well. The goal of most activity programs is to have each resident participate in the life of the community to their highest extent possible. This sounds easy, but in reality it is often a challenge. Scheduling an event on the calendar is not an instant recipe for success. Participation depends on effective communication and a positive approach for motivation. Activity professionals work with and through others to accomplish goals in programs. We invite, encourage and assist residents to participate in their preferred lifestyle pursuits. Most importantly, key people we must work with consists of staff, family members and volunteers. We also encourage and praise our residents for their efforts made in group participation. Everyone enjoys feeling welcomed and appreciated.
Activities this week include bingo sponsored by the VVA, in-room visits, manicures, resident council meeting, rosary, resident birthday party, Come Lord Jesus group, exercise, jingo and mass.
The staff of Heritage Manor wishes a Happy Birthday this week to Icy Sebastien.
The staff of Heritage Manor sends get-well wishes to our loved ones in the hospital, Florence Ardoin, Willie Edwards and Doritha Ardoin.
The staff of Heritage Manor welcomes Rose Pitre to the facility.
We are getting ready for the annual Senior Olympics. Our participants are practicing on a regular basis and are really looking forward to this year’s event. It will be held on June 18 at the Comeaux Recreation Center in Lafayette. Good luck to all participants!

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