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Heritage Manor News: Relationships are the heart of life

(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.)
“Through a relationship, all things are possible; without one - nothing.” (Famous quote from an unknown author) The importance of meaningful relationships for residents of long-term care facilities has become a focus. Social relationships are an important part of most people’s lives. A decrease in a person’s social life may affect psychological well being and have an impact on mood and behavioral and physical activity. Activity staffs take the lead in promoting relationships between residents and staff members. We need to have the ability to listen with empathy and awareness. We practice the three “Ls”: listen, learn and love. Spending quality time with a resident is probably the best way to make him or her feel special.
Activities this week include Come Lord Jesus group, pokeno, manicures, in-room visits, bingo sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, service by Washington Baptist Church, happy hour, exercise, group therapy and rosary by Armada Prayer Group.
The staff of Heritage Manor sends get-well wishes to our loved ones in the hospital, Pearl Johnson, Eleanor Johnson and Theresa Fontenot.
The staff of Heritage Manor welcomes Ruby Vidrine to the facility.
Many thanks to Stacy Poullard and the Girl Scouts for the Valentine cards and candy distributed to the residents.
The activity department is selling raffle tickets for a beautiful Easter basket filled with lots of goodies. If you are interested, please call or come by. Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10. Proceeds will go to future resident outings. The drawing will be held Wednesday, March 23.

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