CENTRALIA (WSIL) -- A Centralia nursing home worker has been a bright spot for residents and staff during the coronavirus pandemic in this edition of Unsung Hero.
Paula Copple is the Activity Director at Liberty Village of Centralia, also known as Centralia Manor. Paula is in charge of making sure the residents have fun activities like bingo and other games, parties, and outings. Paula has seen firsthand how not being able to socialize and meet with family members has weighed heavily on residents during the pandemic. That's why Paula and her assistants were extra creative in the past year.
"Thanks to the community, all the surrounding communities that have helped out with donating stuff, the churches, all the wonderful staff here. If we're doing an activity, they're right in there too, helping us sometimes. It's been great. It's been hard, but it's been great to see everybody pull together and do it as a team," said Paula.
Paula has brought laughter and smiles to staff and residents, but she said it's the residents who have made her life better.
"If I'm having a bad day outside of work, I get to come in here, and they just brighten me. I love just seeing them smile. If it makes me dress up and be silly, I'm there. I'm there for the residents just to get them to enjoy their day and make it go by faster for them," added Paula.
The pandemic has been extremely hard and devastating, especially for nursing home residents and their families across the country, and workers like Paula have helped residents cope during dark times.