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March 4, 2019

My Activity Resources has been providing monthly activity calendars to nursing home and assisted living facilities for nearly two years throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.  Recently, providers from the Adult Family Home community have reached out to us in hopes of creating monthly activity programs for their locations. We were glad to oblige.  

We have created fun calendars with seasonal backgrounds that are sure to be a fabulous marketing tool for AFH providers. We are currently offering six month subscription packages which include

-made monthly activity calendars that come accompanied with day-to-day guides. The guides help care workers by offering instructions on how to perform each activity whether it be a cooking class, a craft or even exciting socials.

Quality of life is important to not only those you serve, but also yourself. By having six months worth monthly calendars, it allows you to focus on whats truly important- spending less time on the computer pla...

February 20, 2019

Many residents look forward to vendors coming to their home. Some seniors are bound to the facility due to illnesses and other physical restrictions, so it is always nice to have a store come to them if they are unable to go on outings. As an activity professional, have you ever seen a vendor come in with up charged items? Or perhaps vendors who work for overpriced cosmetic and jewelry companies? I once had a handbag salesperson come to a previous home I had worked for that was selling bags for that cost $80.00 and over. It was absurd as many of the seniors living there would only have an allowance of $50 to $100 a month. Some residents only receiving Medicaid had a strict $50 a month budget. I tried putting myself into their positions and how discouraging it must feel to have all of these lovely items in front of you and not being able to buy them. One time I even had a vendor who had marketed themselves as a traveling dollar store but overheard them trying to sell items in a hair acc...

January 20, 2019

HOST A MOCK WEDDING ON VALENTINES DAY!

Have a male resident and female resident volunteer to pose as the mock bride and groom... Hold a fake ceremony in which the groom “high fives” the bride. Afterwards serve cake, play wedding music and make toasts!

PLAY THE LOVE AND MARRIAGE GAME

 (Not R Rated)

With this program, be sure to have participants in advance. Ask staff members if they would be willing to participate with their spouses for this special game show! You will need three couples and one activity member to host.  Below are the questions to ask the couples.

The rules are the same as the Newlywed Game:

Have each couple predict what their final score will be. This information will be used if the game ends in a tie.

Send the wives offstage into the “isolation area”.

Ask the husbands three questions about their wives, Example: "What will your wife say is the movie monster that best describes her mother?") Record the husbands' answers on cue cards and place them in their laps.

Bring the wives...

August 23, 2018

Every activity director has a month that truly shines when they create their activity calendar. Some activity directors love December, with carolers coming by almost every day, throwing fun holiday socials- and best of all-giving out presents to residents. Other activity directors can’t wait for fun trips during the summer time. I have personally always loved October. On crisp nights you can smell the smoky air of people using their fireplaces. The fall leaves show off their beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, kids are deciding what Halloween costume to wear. It’s a very exciting month with so much going on. I would love to share some fun programming ideas to help spruce up your October calendar and to help you take advantage of all the great things this month has to offer! Here are seven things you have to try this season:

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch! There are tons of farms that open their fields for pumpkin picking during October. Some even offer fun and friendly hayrides. Make s...

May 24, 2018

You may have been planning for a fun activity all month. You prepared everything accordingly. Ordered food, prepared games and giveaways. But come the day of the activity, nothing is going as you had it planned. My advice is “When in doubt-don’t freak out.” Make sure you always have a back up plan.

Provide yourself with an activity cart filled with multiple trivia books, playing cards, game boards, crafts and more. Provide options. If you see something isn’t working-then do something else. Activities should be subject to change when it is at the residents will.

The facilities in which we work aren’t just a place of employment, it is a home to the seniors we love and care for. Let’s let them have a say. If a program isn’t working, we shouldn’t have to subject them to it for over an hour or two hours. We just have to stop, take a breath and read the room.

Keys to Running a Successful Program:

Provide Options

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Have Back Up Materials

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Provide Table Top Activities Such as Print Outs, Board...

March 28, 2018

* Marilyn Monroe was married to Joe DiMaggio.

Answer: Fact

* Montgomery Clift dated Elizabeth Taylor.

Answer: False! Although they starred as romantic interests in many films together, they were just very close friends. 

* Louis Armstrong was Whitney Houston's grandfather. 

Answer: False! Whitney and Louis, although fabulous singers are not related. 

* The Capital of Brazil is Rio de Janeiro.

Answer: Fiction! Brasilia is the Capital of Brazil. 

* West Side Story was inspired by, and is considered a  modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet.

Answer: Fact!

* Your tongue senses different tastes in different areas. 

Answer: False! 

* The Boston Tea party didn't throw tea into the Boston Bay, they through beer.

Answer: False! Tea was most definitely thrown in to the Bay. 

* Charlie Chaplin was married four times.

Answer: Fact!  He was married to Mildred Harris from 1918-1920, to Lita Grey from 1924 to 1927, to Paulette Goddard from 1936 to 1942 and Oona O'Neill from 1943 until his death. 

* Th...

November 22, 2017

For many activity professionals and therapeutic recreation specialists, time is of the essence. We face many demands and wear many hats. We may not have time to do our own personal errands, let alone have time to attend courses for continuing education hours. Some activity professionals live in more remote areas in which they are hours away from the nearest conference. I’ve recently stumbled upon a website, (more like a lifesaver), that allows you to earn your CEU’s in the comfort of your own home, Smartceushub.com.

Two things that intrigued me almost immediately:

  1. The convenience factor

  2. The affordability of each CEU course offered. Not only are the courses inexpensive in comparison to other sites I’ve visited, they also have interesting topics.

Some of the topics offered currently are:

Creating A Safe and Effective Exercise/ Movement Program

Effective Leadership

Inclusive Physical Activity

   The site has many more courses focused on understanding our clients needs. Their mission...

November 19, 2017

1) Who doesn't enjoy a tv dinner every once in a while? But does anyone know how the idea originated in 1953? Well, Swanson overshot the amount of Turkeys they would sell on that particular Thanksgiving. This resulted in having over 26 tons of turkey breasts! So, one very creative employee at Swanson made the brilliant decision to slice up the meat and repackage it with some tasty sides. It ended up becoming such a popular sell that Swanson created many more varieties of frozen meals. 

2) Female turkeys, which are called hens can only cackle. Only male turkeys, called Toms, can gobble. 

3) We have Abe Lincoln to be thankful for....He was the president whom issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving. 

4) One Turkey Is Left Unscathed- Since 1947 the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a ceremony at the White House  a few days before Thanksgiving in which a turkey is pardoned from being slaughtered by the President...

November 18, 2017

Hello everyone! The holiday season is coming quickly. I wanted to share three pages from my downloadable booklet, Shout It Out Loud: Holiday Edition. I hope your residents enjoy!  

GUESS THE HOLIDAY FILM BASED ON EACH QUOTE!

“ Uh, since the United States govrment declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will note dispute it. Case dismissed!”

Answer: Miracle on 34th Street

“ What is Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”.

Answer: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

“ Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel get’s his wings.”

Answer: It’s A Wonderful Life

“ You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”.

Answer: A Christmas Story

“ It’s a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.”

Answer: Christmas Vacation.

“ If you’re really Santa Claus you can get it for me. And if you can’t, you’re only a nice man with a white beard like my mother says.”

Answer: Miracle on 34th Street

“ Fifteen shillings a week, a wife and five children…And h...

August 19, 2017

Hello everyone! I would like to share a survey that I conducted at my previous facility. I had struggled with involvement when it came to my baby boomer population. I knew over ten years ago that singing "In the Good Old Summer Time" and talking about famous celebrities of the 1940's and 50's wasn't always going to be a part of my job. I really wanted to get an understanding of this wonderful generation. A generation of revolution, free-spiritedness, culture change and inspiration....I put together a survey I called " The Next Generation Survey" to get a better idea of what younger adults would enjoy doing. Please feel free to copy and paste this survey if you find it helpful to understanding your residents needs. 

Next Generation Survey

Dear Resident,

It is very important to the Recreation Department that we are suiting your activity needs to the fullest potential. We strive to cater to the needs of all of our residents, so please take a few minutes to answer the questions below.

Resident...

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