The 2020 theme for Assisted Living Week, which runs September 13-19 in America, is “Caring Is EssentiAL”. We love this theme as it reminds all of us that our roles in senior care are essential and crucial everyday, but especially during the days of COVID-19.
Here are just a few ways you can celebrate your entire team and community, giving everyone a much needed mood boost.
1. Make Care Packages for Staff
Create care packages for staff members, packed with a sweet treat and a handwritten note from a resident.
2. Write Handwritten Notes
Invite family members to write notes or emails about what staff members have meant to them during this difficult time; print these out to post throughout your community as well as read a few during your next (socially distanced) event.
3. Make Homemade Buttons
Pass out homemade “I Am EssentiAL” buttons to staff members.
4. Create Tie-Dye Masks
Host a mask tie-dying party where residents and staff members can create a colorful pattern on a cotton mask.
5. Hide Kindness Rocks
Paint Kindness Rocks with residents that have encouraging or thankful sayings. Then, hide them throughout the community, grounds, and parking lot.
6. Invite Everyone for Lunch
Order lunch in for your activity team from a favorite restaurant.
7. Eat Ice Cream Together
Call a community ice cream truck, shaved ice truck, or food truck for staff members to enjoy in the parking lot.
8. Write Gratitude Messages
Have residents write down statements of gratitude for staff members and hang them throughout the staff lounge or nursing station.
9. Contact Your Local Paper
Call your local paper and offer to write a story about your community’s celebrations in honor of the week.
10. Feature Staff on Social Media
Highlight a few staff members each day of the week on social media.
11. Invite an Entertainer
Coordinate a safe event featuring a favorite entertainer in person (outside) or via teleconference app.
COVID-19 Adaptation: While we can’t all get together for a giant social event, you can still make these activities socially distant and safe. Don’t forget to celebrate no matter how strange it seems this year!