If your community has started vaccinations or are in the middle of setting up your final clinic, it’s time to CELEBRATE! It’s been quite a difficult year and while vaccinations aren’t a global cure, they are definitely a reason to feel some hope.
Have a little fun and celebrate your vaccinations. Here are some ideas to inspire you as you plan to acknowledge this important step.
Bucket List Bonanza
Throw a party after vaccination where everyone can add an activity, event, trip, or idea to your community’s Bucket List. Then, keep the list in your activity room and make a big deal of checking off items one by one throughout the upcoming year.
Break out all of the tropical decorations you already have in your supply closet and take your residents and staff on a little vacation with this fun social. Serve tiki-inspired fruity drinks, fruit kabobs, and jello shots (alcohol free, of course!). Play steel drum music too.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Vaccinations mean we are one step closer to “normal”. Celebrate seeing the light at the end of the tunnel by passing out mini flashlights to everyone who receives a shot, along with a glass of lemonade and a sunshine cupcake.
Crossing the Finish Line
Does it feel like you’ve run a marathon (or two, or five) in the past year? Your residents and staff feel that way too. Have everyone who gets a shot run (or walk, or wheel) through a streamer finish line. Play the theme song from Rocky and Chariots of Fire to further set the mood. Pass out headbands to everyone, or a pennant to hand in their apartments reminding them that they have made it through the hardest part.
Vaccination Spa Day
It’s been a stressful year. Celebrate vaccinations with a spa day retreat, complete with relaxing music and gift bags with scented lotions, weighted eye masks, and a piece of decadent chocolate.
Family members have been waiting for vaccinations as well and while family members may still not be able to visit face-to-face at your community, you can still involve them in the celebration. Invite family members to join staff members in the courtyard or outdoor area of your community. Bring residents to nearby windows so they can hear family members cheer hip-hip-hooray! Have family members bring balloons or signs to hold as well.
COVID-19 Adaptation: Hopefully, your community will feel somewhat back to normal after your vaccination clinics.