Wesbury Residents and Life Enrichment Staff Honored at PAPA Conference
This past October, Wesbury residents won two state awards at the Pennsylvania Activity Professional Association’s (PAPA) State Conference held in State College. When Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center resident, Dolores Reichel made her move to the Village Center neighborhood, she said it was contingent on finding her a sewing station she could use whenever she wanted. To her delight, Village Center Life Enrichment Coordinator, Deb Lingo, offered to share a portion of the neighborhood’s Activity Center. From that moment on, Dolores has been busy as a bee. With her
son’s birthday approaching, Dolores and her daughter, Pam, thought to make a Harley-Davidson motorcycle quilted wall hanging would be the perfect gift. She got right to work, without any assistance. Dolores and Pam made the trip to New York to “hand-deliver” the present which was also submitted to PAPA by Deb for consideration. Much to her surprise, Dolores received state recognition for her work in the Fabric Art category for her “Harley Quilt.”, Deb Lingo, accepted the award at the PAPA convention on Delores’ behalf. According to Deb, “Making person-centered care a priority brings out self-worth and purpose for the resident which in turn gives comfort to the family knowing their loved one is happy and content living in a care environment.”
The residents of Memory Support were recognized in the Functional Art category for their piece titled, “Bookmarks.” This year, the residents at Memory Support chose to do a community project. They took recycled greeting cards to create new bookmarkers for readers. Once completed, the residents donated the bookmarks to the Saegertown Area Library. The residents were honored with a first place award. “The residents at Memory Support love doing projects that benefit people in the community, “says Pam Schultz, Memory Support Life Enrichment Coordinator. “It means so much and gives a sense of purpose for them in their activities.” At Wesbury, we are extremely proud of these residents as well as the staff members who helped make it all possible.