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?
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
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
One of the simplest and most important things that an activities or recreation department needs is a functional calendar. … More Example Activities Schedule and Google Calendar
Word games to keep residents cognitively engaged: Beginning and End, Scattergories, Word Searches, and Change a Letter. … More Keeping the Wheels Turning: Word Games