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Gamiema 31st Jul 2014

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Happy Hour - does anyone have any experience / suggestions / precautions about setting up a happy hour at a retirement centre for dementia?
Katrina 5th Aug 2014
Hi Gamiema , i run a happy hour once a month but i do it with entertainment at the same time
we have light beer , wine and soft drinks
and finger food
but you just gotta make sure it does not effect medications
Talita 11th Aug 2014
Hi Gamiema,

You can find some information about running a happy hour on the form on this page:
Kate 12th Aug 2014
Our facility has happy hours as well. - they usually have entertainment eg. Harmonica Band, or play music ie: bing Crosby or something later works well kate
Gamiema 22nd Aug 2014
Thank you very much!
Marissa 9th Sep 2014
Our Happy Hour was organised by one of our residents who found great pleasure in doing so. She organised entertainment and rallied the residents together into the lounge every Friday. Sadly she has passed on so I put together an informal committee who oversee the running of happy hour. We meet every Monday for about 15 mins and go over ideas for upcoming happy hours and talk about how the last one went and how we can improve. Getting the Residents involved helps keep it interesting for them and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Karen 9th Sep 2014
We separate the tables into Café style, 4-6 seats per table, tablecloth and centre candle (battery-operated). A few card games on each table for residents. Finger food, background music, lucky door prizes. We also do themed happy hours, eg. middle-eastern theme with belly-dancers display.
MARYANN 19th Sep 2014
It doesn't have to be a BIG THING Happy Hour - just keep it simple - Invite local Artists/Volunteers to play - have a Theme if you like even just background Music - get Care staff involved time for them to step out of their Care Roles and just enjoy a soft drink and chat with Residents - get to know the other side of the residents and the residents get to know them better ( not just the person that showers them).
Residents who are able can assist to prepare snacks - finger food - with this you can incorporate a cooking session for Resident in the am of that day. This gives the Residents something rewarding to look forward too, as they are assisting with the Happy Hour Catering. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Cathy 29th Sep 2014
I use non alcoholic wine which is bubbly and "pops" when uncorked. It looks and tastes like the real thing and lots of fun to open.
Also try mock cocktails, recipes are on the "net".
Sharon 30th Sep 2014
We have happy half hour just before dinner on a Friday (pre dinner drinks). Our residents get a choice of lite beer, soft drink or a cream sherry served in sherry glasses bought from opp shops. This is very popular, especially the sherry, and not too expensive. I am in a High Care Dementia Unit. the residents love it, and is a nice way to end the week. We do not have entertainment, just a reminisce and a social chat.

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