I copied 90 - 4”x5” bingo cards (we have 90 units here), keep that as a master copy, copy a second batch then tape their paper copy to their door...
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I copied 90 - 4”x5” bingo cards (we have 90 units here), keep that as a master copy, copy a second batch then tape their paper copy to their door.

I made a bingo numbers of the day listing sheet. I post 4 numbers daily on the bingo numbers sheet at our main elevators.

Residents come out to see the numbers called for the day and circle them on their paper copy.

The game averages 5 to 10 days before there is a winner. They call me if they get a bingo.

Resident winners receive either a free dinner (delivered) or equivalent shopping at out in-house grocery store.

Don't Forget:

  • Instructions must be included on the card printouts. They must be reminded NOT to throw away their card, to keep playing on it until they get a winner. (some threw it away after the first day).
  • Cards must be marked with a game number so they can not be saved by residents and used for future games.
  • Post the winners name when there is a bingo, not only to indicate that the game is over but to celebrate the winner to your building.

Sorry for the rush in explanation, just see the pictures I sent and it will make sense. This definitely worth doing - it was a total hit here and cheered everyone up!

I encourage activity persons to be gracious with their prizes since little to none is being spent with their activities budget these days. We can afford to spoil them as much as we can!

Rob

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Nina 16th Jul 2020 Activities Director
Great idea, but did not work, all my residents lost interest and were thoroughly confused about it - staff liked it though
Susan 16th Jul 2020 Activity Director
Sorry this did not work for you Nina
Perhaps you could modify it in someway to make it more successful
Susan 17th May 2020 Activity Director
Hi Kelly
Yes this idea is great and all the variations that people have suggested are great too
You are doing a great job
Kelly 17th May 2020 Therapeutic Recreation Director
Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

We have been doing bingo on the overhead loudspeaker.

The ordering dinner out prize and the length of this game adds to some excitement and should be a hit. Thanks!
Robert 27th May 2020 Activities Manager
I am glad that you got some use with the idea! Enjoy!
Susan 7th May 2020 Activity Director
Good thought Robert
Thanks for taking the time to share with us
BlueCare 6th May 2020
This is a wonderful activity. I am the Lifestyle Co-ordinator and Team Leader at a Day Respite Centre so I "tweaked" the bingo game to suit our clients at home. (I printed bingo game cards which were free online).The bingo game cards and game instructions were delivered to client's homes in their weekly "Goodie Bag." Clients received the first six bingo numbers in their "Goodie Bag." Staff will subsequently telephone participants each morning with six new numbers, continuing until we have a winner! New game cards will be delivered weekly until the Respite Centre re-opens. Hope this is helpful for other Day Respite Centre's who are looking for meaningful activities because, "we're all in this together."
Susan 7th May 2020 Activity Director
Bluecare another great idea thank you for sharing
Susan 6th May 2020 Activity Director
Great idea Janice
Thank you
Janice 5th May 2020 Activity Co-ordinator
We are doing almost the same thing, even residents that normally don't play BINGO are interested. I post the #'s on our activity board , this gets the residents out of there room if only for a brief moment. (the staff donate money to the pot) .Social distancing of course.
Robert 7th May 2020 Activities Manager
Janice, That is great and I am glad that everyone is enjoying it!
You could substitute the prize from money to just mailing or delivering a certificate or a goody bag of some sort If you are concerned about social distancing.
Robert 5th May 2020 Activities Manager
You are so welcome and thank you for posting it! I hope that it brings some joy to communities out there and it is exciting to share it with the world!
Susan 3rd May 2020 Activity Director
You could pass out papers that say the date and the Bingo number for that date
That way the residence would have something to look forward to every day
You volunteers or staff could call residents with the daily number and remind them to mark it
There are many possibilities thank you for this
Robert 5th May 2020 Activities Manager
Thank you for the suggestion. That would be an additional push to keep the rest playing.
Susan 3rd May 2020 Activity Director
This certainly is a unique way to play bingo and it is good for people who have to stay in the rooms
I suspect lower functioning residents will need some help
However it is a great idea and I’m glad you shared it
Talita 2nd May 2020
This is a fabulous activity idea Robert - thanks so much for sharing!
Robert 5th May 2020 Activities Manager
You are so welcome and thank you for posting it! I hope that it brings some joy to communities out there and it is exciting to share it with the world!
Robert 2nd May 2020 Activities Manager
A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Bunker Bingo
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