I just transferred from being a CNA to Therapeutic Recreation. I am a Pinterest queen but needed new ideas. Thank you so much, this has helped me plan May's calendar with ease. Well worth the money and I can use the pictures to make new concentration games that my residents enjoy. Again thanks so much and I will be able to add some games myself
Do people keep the same activities on the same day each month for example knit & natter I did on a Wednesday Arts & Crafts on a Monday is it better to change the day or keep it to the same???
What do people put down for they weekend activities if its your days off ??
Hi Lisa, in my experience same day repeated activities work for popular activities like Carpet Bowls, or Bingo. Residents would resent it if they were not at the same time. Regarding days off; I used to work on weekdays only and the weekends didn’t have Activity staff so I would instruct nurses to have the residents watching sport/movie on TV, Happy Hour, Quizzes, or Sing-along lead by volunteers or residents’ relatives. Nurses would supervise group as needed.
For example :
- Monday: physical activity (Pockets, bowling, Target Toss, etc.)
- Tuesday: Volunteer visit
- Wednesday: Cognitive games and board games and bingo in evening
- Thursday: Social activities (happy hour once a month, games, themed activities)
- Friday: Occupational activities (Colouring, puzzle, button sorting)
- Saturday: Music or movie night
-Dimanche: Mass and Church services
Aside from my regularly-scheduled events (Bingo, Thirsty Thursday, etc.), I try to schedule "big" programs like guest speakers, musical groups, etc. on weekdays at 2pm: the subject/activity may change, but my tenants are at least in the habit of expecting an activity at that time. It also helps the nursing staff plan their schedules.
It's also nice to have some variety in the activity schedule: a special concert or children's visit is just different enough to engage tenants in a new way.
Just a few suggestions...Good luck!