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?
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