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.
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