A common and pretty major challenge as an activity professional is weekend or evening activities, activities that can be done when we’re not at the facility. There are only so many volunteers to go around and staff is busy with their own work and can’t always facilitate activities either. Movies are great, but not very engaging, … More Activity Books- for adults?
Winter is a great time for crafts- getting outside can be difficult or dangerous, and sitting inside all day can make residents depressed or despondent. Crafts are a great way to keep residents busy, get those creative juices flowing, and brighten up surroundings with things residents are often proud to show off. What crafts will you be doing with your residents? … More January Craft Roundup
At an activities conference a few months ago, my director, a colleague, and I had this weird idea… What if we brought “classes” to the residents of our facility? Starting July 11th, we began an 8-week experiment, bringing activities in a class-like format to our residents. This first course, we offered Music Appreciation, Visual Art, Creative Writing, and Cooking and Baking. … More “Ramsey University”- Classes for Nursing Facility Residents?
Crepe paper, printed letters (from Instant Display), clip art, and a Dollar Tree table cloth made a cheap and fun bulletin board for the summer! To print the phrase “knock summer out of the park” just like it looks here, use this file. To print the baseball clip art we used, use this file.
This Father’s Day, we decided to celebrate a favorite past time of many fathers everywhere- baseball. With red, white, blue, and baseball themed decorations, ballpark food, and a group baseball game, we celebrated all the fathers and families at our facility for an hour on a Friday afternoon. … More Baseball Party- Honoring Fathers with a Favorite Past Time
Last week, I found a wonderful craft that worked really well for several levels of care at my facility. I know not everyone is religious, but with many faith based facilities and spiritual residents, I wanted to share it anyway– this idea could be adapted for any song, scripture, or phrase. Using beads to correspond … More Freebie- Psalm 23 Bracelets
With school out for the summer and warmer temperatures upon us, I thought this was a good time to remember vacations we’ve taken throughout our lives. … More Keeping the Wheels Turning: Social Circle- By Boat, By Train, By Car, By Plane: Summer Traveling and Vacation Memories
There are 7 common conditions that come along with dementia. While not all people have these things, and just because someone has a few does not mean they have dementia, it can be incredibly helpful to know how to help before the issue arises. … More 7 A’s of Dementia: What They Are and How You Can Help
Pinterest: Where you can organize all your ideas, search for things you need now, find websites you stumbled across months ago, and get inspired about anything you want. … More Pinterest- My Number One Resource
With July soon to be upon us, I have many of my events planned for the month, including LOTS of Fourth of July themed activities. … More July Activities- Independence Day