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March comes in like... a goat!

Forget lions and lambs. At Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville, March 2022 came in like a goat! Triplet baby goats in fact. The three wee kids came to visit on March 1, and captured the hearts of residents and employee care partners alike.

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Celebrating love at Heritage House

There was a lot of love to go around when residents of Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville celebrated Valentine’s Day. They commemorated romantic love, but also the love we share with families, friends, pets, and departed loved ones.

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Tender moments with baby chicks

Residents at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville had a special visit last month with a wee flock of hatchling chickens. The soft, downy little chicks tugged at heartstrings and evoked memories in residents of chickens from days gone by.

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Resident shares the heart-piercing legend behind a beautiful plant

Every spring at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville, a profusion of bleeding hearts bursts into bloom from a shrub in the courtyard. This year, a resident shared the story behind the herbaceous perennial, a legend illustrated by the parts of the bleeding heart blossom.

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Volunteers’ contributions lighten COVID load

A small group of volunteers has helped Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville make its way through the COVID pandemic. To show their appreciation, residents recently created a special thank you to be given to those volunteers during National Volunteer Week in April.

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‘Thaw’ from deepfreeze prompts fun in the snow

After two weeks of temperatures dipping to -40°C, employee care partners at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville couldn’t resist bright mid-February skies and a ‘balmy’ -12°C to get out in the snow. Six of them bundled up, and romped in the snow, and tossed snowballs, much to the amusement of residents watching from the cozy side of their windows.

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It’s open season for… Penguins?

In a stroke of multi-purposing genius, Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville has found an off-season use for its collection of Christmas trees. A penguin hunt. All it took was one defenceless penguin (aka recreation coordinator Kathy Sawchuck), and a cadre of nerf-gun toting residents. At the end of it all, the penguin was still standing, and the hunters were still laughing.

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Heritage House courtyard is just ducky

Along with a profusion of summer flowers, there’s a new waterfowl feature in the courtyard at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville. Two domestic ducks, Daisy and Daffy, were donated by an employee care partner and now keep residents entertained by the hour.

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Performer braves the elements for the show to go on

COVID-19 visiting restrictions are still in effect in congregate living homes, but outside-visiting continues to expand connections and experiences for residents. A fine creative example of this happened during Seniors Week (June 1-7) at Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville. Local performer, Tony Mapa performed a concert outside, while residents watched and listened inside; out of the pouring rain that threatened the performance.

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The music man of Heritage House

Orest Fodchuk is the kind of gentleman who likes to takes the initiative. A longtime resident of Points West Living Heritage House in Vegreville, he’s given travel talks, started movie nights, and takes part in just about every activity on offer. Recently, he’s dipped in to his classic cassette collection, and is sharing the music with his fellow residents.

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