Heritage Manor News: Nursing home living, Part II

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Jodie Fontenot, assistant resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)

Last week, I wrote about nursing home living. Well, there were some things I thought about after I turned in my article. So, this week's article will be a continuation of last week's topic.

First off, nursing homes are not like they used to be. They are not what some people think they is. A lot of people think a nursing home is a place you go to die. Well, that is not the case at all. A nursing home is actually an assisted living facility. We offer skilled services, and we have a wonderful in-house therapy department. They are a patient, caring, understanding and determined group of people. If there is the slightest possibility a resident can be rehabilitated, they will do everything in their power to see it is done.

We offer a variety of activities, including bingo three or four times a week, other games and coffee with the administrator once a week. Trey Prudhomme buys the residents cake and cookies and visits with the residents while they have coffee, juice or milk. Residents visit with each other and Monica Fontenot (activity director) and myself, and some of the dietary staff visit with the residents as well.

Residents have choices for their meals, that way if they don't like something on the menu, they can have something else.

A driver is available to bring residents to their appointments and take them on outings.

So, you see, nursing home living can be a very fulfilling way of life.

Bingo sponsors for the week are Bernard LeBas, the Catholic Daughters and VVA.

Bingo winners for the week were Curtis Soileau, Vernon Soileau, Andrus Chapman, Mary Fontenot and Nancy Pitre.

The staff of Heritage Manor would like to welcome Octavia Berzas and Patricia Vidrine to the facility.

The staff of Heritage Manor would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of Lillie Young.

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