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?
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?
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
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