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Morgan 29th May 2018 Activity Director
Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone has a set day/time for an independent euchre game and how it works. I have several more independent residents who enjoy Euchre, but it is only a 4 person game and I do not have enough residents to have two games for one scheduled activity. I thought perhaps if I could set the table up the group could play independently? I also do not know how to play Euchre, are there different rules based on different card groups, etc. or are the rules solid and steadfast from group to group? Thanks in advance for your input.
Solange 8th Jun 2018 Diversional Therapist
Hi Morgan, It is unlikely that residents want to be left on their own playing a game. finding a couple of volunteers, would help you; perhaps one of your residents' relatives? Euchre has different rules depending on the country you are. In North America, a 24-card deck is most common (using nine, 10, jack, queen, king, and ace in all four suits).
Some players prefer a 32-card deck (adding the seven and eight of each suit). British Euchre uses 25 cards (the 24 listed above, plus a joker). There are other variations as well. Try (via your Newsletter) to request a Euchre player among staff and relatives to come and teach residents.
Diane 12th Jun 2018 Activity Coordinator
Hi Morgan, my residents enjoy playing Canasta and asked me to add it to my calendar once a month to start to see how it goes. They play on their own in the evening. They had me type up the rules so they had one set of rules to follow for everyone to reduce arguments. Like Euchre, there are many different variations. They just had their second "Canasta Night" on Friday and there were 12 players. The first one a month ago, they had 18 players. Only 4 can play at a table so two were left out, but they didn't seem to mind. They have invited friends and family to join if they know they won't have enough and that works out very well. I encourage my residents to get out of their rooms as much as they can and they have access to a cupboard full of games of all sorts. Good luck!

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