What to do when your program isn't going as planned

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


Have Back Up Materials


Provide Table Top Activities Such as Print Outs, Board Games and Reading Materials


Read the Room

When In Doubt…

Don’t Freak Out!

Listen to your residents needs. If an activity isn’t working, foster a program that does work.

Feel free to check out more of our awesome resources on our page, such as our shop with pre-made activity calendars and accompanying guidebooks with all the print outs you will need for the month.

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