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?
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 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
At all of the facilities I’ve visited so far, they had some system for making sure the residents, staff, and family members knew what was going on that day, and many had extra information that gave new information to the residents or entertained them. I’ve seen several ways to do this: a screen playing a powerpoint, a bulletin board updated daily, monthly or weekly calendars placed throughout the facility, signs on dining or lounge tables, and flyers passed individually to residents in their rooms. … More Daily Announcements/ Bulletin Board
I try to keep my activities engaging: socially, physically, recreationally, and cognitively. I use “brain games” to hit that last one, trying my best to find that balance between making my residents think really hard, and making things hard enough that frustration prevails. … More Keeping the Wheels Turning: Brain Games
Each month, I choose a holiday or theme and create a binder for that topic, to help keep residents entertained when I can’t engage them myself. … More Keeping the Wheels Turning: Monthly Binders
Word games to keep residents cognitively engaged: Beginning and End, Scattergories, Word Searches, and Change a Letter. … More Keeping the Wheels Turning: Word Games