Bayou Vista Community Care Center

323 Evergreen Highway
Bunkie, Louisiana 71322

Bayou Vista’s culture changes have primarily come in the form of dietary improvements, “on-demand dining” and a spectacular short-order menu, providing flexibility for residents to order from a set menu at any time before 9 p.m. At meal time, the tables are set restaurant-style, with cloth napkins, bread baskets and condiment caddies. All residents – with the exception of renal residents – are on regular diets, and enjoy a salad cart with choices of pasta salad and/or green salad. Dessert carts are also presented for residents to select one or more of their favorite desserts!

Residents here also enjoy soft-serve ice cream, along with coffee and hot chocolate from the hydration station. Additionally, a snack area and a refrigerator stocked with cereal, fruit, yogurt and bottled water are available to all residents at all times of the day.

Bayou Vista honors its residents’ preferences for bed times and bath times, so they can bathe at any time of the day, and sleep in if desired. 

The staff here raised money to commission a local artist to paint a mural throughout the halls of the dementia unit. This mural portrays New Orleans scenes to enhance the experience of the residents that live in this area.

Listening to residents’ interests led to adding activities that appealed to them. Based on their feedback, Bayou Vista now offers small group activities, as opposed to having one big group activity. Some of these selected activities include participating in sewing classes, making hand-made ornaments for the facility Christmas tree, dressing the tree with decorations like stringed popcorn and cranberries, and caring for the plants around the facility. Additionally, the residents now enjoy playing pool, thanks to the staff members who raised money to purchase a pool table upon their request. 

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