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Lesley 28th Aug 2017
We play Bingo twice a week for a small chocolate prize. The residents would like to play more often, they are even willing to play without any prizes but we have been told (by a staff member) that it is illegal to play more than twice a week even without prizes. How often do others play Bingo at their facility or have they heard of this rule before?
I would appreciate your help.
Susan 29th Aug 2017
I had some residents who loved bingo.
I do not believe it is illegal to play more than twice a week.

We played twice a week and played playing card bingo once a week.

If you have the staff or volunteers to lead the activity and over a 50% majority that want to play, then go for it.

If not, see if there is a compromise, you can offer, like musical bingo or these other suggestions
Klara 29th Aug 2017
We play 2-3 x per week.
When I do yearly survey and most of the residents enjoy bingo, cooking, concerts and church, those popular activities have priority. We also provide activities which are less attended, just to make everybody happy
KATHRAIN 29th Aug 2017
We play twice a week. Then we have games called Jingo that are just like bingo that we play also. They come in different categories like Bible Jingo, Birthday Jingo, and the different holidays are favorites in my facility. Also we have music Bingo. These games can be played with all residents at every level of care.
Kim 31st Aug 2017
I don't know where your located but I've never heard of how often you do bingo or if you give prizes as being illegal. I know that in assisted living or skilled nursing it would be frowned upon if that was all you did but with a full calendar and options for others bingo can be done as often as the residents want. We currently play it 7 days a week (Yep that makes me cringe too). We also have alternate activities going on for those that don't want to play. We play for nickels which we end up providing to half the group but they enjoy the competition of the game and winning 'nickels'. Over the years we've played for chocolate or I would just pay out and they wouldn't put anything in. Some places get persnickety about the use of money and say that its gambling. I think people get too worked up over a silly game of bingo.
Solange 31st Aug 2017
Bingo should be played as often as residents enjoy it as long as there are other alternative activities for those who don’t want to participate. Despite Bingo having a bad reputation (with those who don’t play it, mind you), it was always an immensely popular game in all the facilities I worked for in three different states in Australia. In Queensland RSL War Veterans we played only once a week for $.20 cents a game and some residents liked to have 2 cards so they paid $.40. We played 10 games on Fridays which provided an hour of entertainment. Bingo was by far the most attended activity we had; residents looked forward to it. The money after every game was divided three ways: half for the 1st winner and the other half divided between 2nd and 3rd winners (we continued to play until two more people called Bingo!). By the way, in my experience, it is not illegal to give token prizes for Bingo.
Sheri 1st Sep 2017
It's about the residents not about the staff, if they want to play more often let them.. as long as most people want it not a select few meaning others miss out on what they want to do.
Kim 12th Sep 2017
What a load of rubbish. It's not up to the staff member , it's all about the residents. If they are getting other activities as well , let them have what they want and be happy doing it.Illegal phewt ,piffle and nonsense.Just do what makes them happy
Pauline 14th Sep 2017
Why would bingo be illegal if played more than 2 times a week??????? LOL

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