Every year the American Healthcare Association comes up with fun and meaningful themes for National Skilled Nursing Care Week. This year’s theme, “ Live Soulfully” should be quite a treat. As activity professionals go, I always say we are the “soul” to the building. We know the benefits of a joyful life filled with art, culture, nature, leisure and joy. This theme is an amazing way to foster what we always plan when making our monthly calendars and going the extra mile. Each day you can focus on each element that nurtures the soul.
Here is a day to day guide for Monday through Friday to give you some inspiration.
Monday/ ART: Painting can be extremely relaxing. Host a painting party and have residents paint on a canvas while enjoying a glass of wine ( if permitted). If you are unable to hire an artist to lead the class, there are many Youtube paint classes online that you can have as your virtual instructor with the use of a smart TV.
Tuesday/ CULTURE: Celebrate the diversity of your many...
Please enjoy this collection of program ideas, trivia, fun facts and more for the Month of October!
THE HOW MANY WORDS GAME:
On a chalk board or large dry erase board, see how many words residents can make out of the featured word :
(Example: Super, Pat)
The This or That Game
Halloween Candy Edition!!!!
Instructions: Have residents shout out their preferences!
Snickers or Milky Way?
Candy Corn or Skittles?
Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
Frankenstein or Dracula?
Candy Apple or Caramel Apple?
Scary Costumes or Funny Costumes?
Zombie Movies or Comedies?
Kit Kat or Reeses Cup?
Sweet or Salty Snack?
Lollipop or Chocolate Bar?
Zombie Juice Recipe:
Have a non-alcoholic drink social. Make this Halloween themed drink:
Add grenadine to pitchers of sprite to give it a bright red coloring. Place drink into clear plastic cups and garnish with a gummy worm on the side of each cup (depending on special diets/choking risks)
Share A Scary Tale, Here is the Story of the NJ Devil:
1.What was the main reason the United States declared independence?
Answer: Taxation without representation.
2.Who had the biggest signature on the Declaration of Independence?
Answer: John Hancock
Fun Fact: John Hancock's autograph, according to Legend, was signed much bigger than everyone else's so that " the fat old King could read it without his spectacles."
3. In what city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Answer: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
4. What is our national bird?
Answer: The Bold Eagle
5. Who wrote the National Anthem?
Answer: Francis Scott Key
6. Who sewed the first American Flag?
Answer: Betsy Ross
7. What country invented fireworks?
DID YOU KNOW????
* Although Paul Revere was known to be a silversmith by trade, he actually worked as an amateur dentist. He made dentures with walrus ivory or animal teeth into his patient's mouths. In 1776, he had unwittingly became the first person that practiced forensic dentistry to identif...
Directions: Share the movie plot with your residents. Then have them guess the film title.
This 1954 film is about a playboy who becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffer, after she comes back from Paris a beautiful and sophisticated woman. His serious older brother begins a bond with the chauffer’s daughter and soon falls for her as well. This film starred Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, and Humphrey Bogart.
When ex-tennis champion Tony Wendice carries out a plot to murder his adulterous wife Margot, things go wrong. Tony decides to blackmail an old an old schoolmate to do the deed and plans to use a "boys night out" as his alibi. But when the murder doesn't go as planned and Margo kills her assassin, Tony is left having to improvise.
Dial "M" for Murder
A widowed Eurasian doctor Han Suyin and American journalist Mark Elliot meet in Hong Kong and fall in love, despite prejudices of the time. But their love faces many ch...
Easter time is just around the corner! Here are some fun facts and program ideas to try out this year!
Easter Sunday Brunch
Hold an elegant brunch. You can do either a buffet-style, or sit-down style brunch. Be sure to invite resident’s families to attend. Serve a traditional ham or lamb roast, eggs Benedict, waffles, scones and jams, hot teas, coffees and mimosas.
You Can't Go Wrong with an Easter Egg Hunt
If a brunch would be too much for your facilities budget, an Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny is always fun. Invite staff’s children as well as resident’s grandchildren to come and participate in the hunt.
It is always fun to decorate hard boiled eggs. However, if you're looking for a sweeter treat, pre-bake egg shaped sugar cookies. Then have residents spread pastel colored icing on the cookies as well as festive spring-time colored sprinkles.
Share Some Fun Facts!
Here are some fun facts about Easter:
*The tallest chocolate Easter egg was created in Italy in 2011....
When I first became an activity director I was very overwhelmed. I was an activity assistant at the time and our director had left. I was asked to fill in as an intermin director. At that time I felt like a fish out of water. I didn’t know all of the protocols, rules and regulations of my facility. I was terrified, but I agreed to taking the position because I knew it was a step in the right direction. Even though I knew how to keep my residents happy and program planning was always a joy of mine, I was still terrified on how I was going to do in team meetings and covering my documentation properly.
Regardless of just wanting to learn more I knew it was a state requirement to be a certified activity director. I had searched online to find classes and finally was recommended to visit dhspecialservices.com. At first I began the independent study program which is very convientent for people who can’t take the time off of work to attend an in-class course. It was a great program, however...
Being an Activity Director is an amazing profession. Aside from being a comedian, how often do you have a profession in which you can make others laugh? It might not always be the most praised profession, but in celebration of National Activity Professionals Week please take the time to honor yourselves.
Perhaps go out on a nice date night...Treat yourself to a massage, or get yourself something special. Whatever it may be, do something to take time out for yourself. You deserve to sometimes step back and allow yourself to smile too!
I have read that several activity directors didn't have their week acknowledged by their administrators, and it really disheartened me. I might be one person, but I want to let all of my hard-working readers know, that you are a gift. It takes a certain person to do what we do. You have to have heart, compassion, empathy, kindness and creativity within your soul to be an activity professional. If you haven't been praised at work, don't let it di...