Unique Activity from Vicki Fields, AP-BC, CDP, CNA Greenwood SC
Anticipation filled the air for 3 months at the Wesley Commons Assisted Living Facility. You see, a man moved into the facility approximately 3 months ago. His name is Harry Berry. Our Activities Coordinator, Vicki Fields, promptly talked to Harry and found out he was a real-live Auctioneer! This started Vicki’s wheels turning. Previously she had made numerous unsuccessful efforts to get some of our residents to participate in the various activities. Having an Auction would do the trick.
“Make Your Own Find It Game” submitted by Linda Amoroso
Our Residents really like searching for items in the Find It game. The game is small items in a container with beads and you search for the items within a certain amount of time. We have not been able to find new ones so we have started making our own. Take a clear tennis ball can or other jar, add either rice that has been colored with food coloring or very small colored beads, and small items to be found. We have gone crazy with these and have them for all the holidays, kitchen items, office, and others the only limit is your imagination. You can get a lot of miniature items at craft stores.
“Taste and Teach”Submitted by: Cheryl Price from Louisville, KY
“Taste and Teach” About once a month, we have a food activity I call “taste and teach”. I usually do a fruit or veggie that is in season that month, but sometimes I just pick an unusual food or one they like but don’t often get. I research the food and print out info on it- it’s origins, where it is grown or made, etc. If possible, we try several different examples of the food.. either prepared several ways or with another similar food to compare it to: for example, when I did clementines, I also offered oranges and tangerines so that residents could taste the difference. We eat the food, talk about it, share memories and social time.
“Spring Fever Social” from Shermiane Napier Fulleton, CA
Lemonade,Pastries,fungames outside in our courtyard. Spring decorations. Welcoming first day of spring. Happy Spring to you
Participation Bingo submitted by: Natalie Nash NJ
At our facility, the residents are enjoying a new type of BINGO that I would like to share. “Activity BINGO” is a game where residents are given a sheet of paper with a BINGO grid imprinted on it. Instead of numbers, activities that we offer throughout the week are typed in each box. When the resident attends an activity, they get a stamp or sticker in that box. A BINGO wins a prize or a “facility dollar” that they can use to make purchases at our once-a-month store. This activity is very successful with alert and oriented individuals.
“Soup Social” by Catherine Wilde from Richlands, NC
We have weekly soup socials. The idea was to target those residents in our facility that are on weight loss but everyone loves this. A member of the Admin team takes soup duty and is given the official soup pot, then they make their secret recipe to share with the residents. We have had Seafood chowder, chicken tortilla, and many other delicious soups. We are even thinking of starting our own soup social cookbook
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