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Activities are an important part of life for the residents at Pleasantview Home in Kalona.
The activity staff and Pleasantview, as well as a large number of volunteers, work together to provide a variety of fun, enriching activities for the residents.
“Our goal is to give them a wide variety of fun things built on past interests,” Activity Director Dori Yoder said.
Activity Coordinator Renee Hershberger said that getting residents’ input on what they like is important.
“Activities are geared around what they like,” Hershberger said. “We ask them what things they like to do, or we put up different things through the month and ask if they like it. Sometimes they may not remember some of the things they like to do.”
One particularly popular activity is the wheelchair roll around the Pleasantview grounds.
“We have wheelchair rides twice a week if there is good weather,” Hershberger said. “We have a huge volunteer group that helps with that. Residents can go out for as long or as little as they want.”
In the summer, people from the community will bring in fresh produce for the residents.
“The residents shuck corn or snap beans,” Yoder said. “For a lot of them, it was always a part of their lives.”
One activity in particular has proven to be quite popular with residents and members of the community alike.
“We have free ice cream every other Wednesday,” Activity Assistant Karen Gugel said. “That’s a really good social time. A lot of people from the community come out for that.”
Social time is especially important to the residents.
“The important thing is social interaction with each other, so they are not just staying in their rooms,” Activity Assistant Heather Canott said.
“Activities give them something to look forward to,” Yoder added. “It gives them a schedule. We all like fun, social things. That doesn’t change when we get older.”
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