What an amazing site with so many activities to stimulate our elderly people and to make them enjoy the togetherness of everything you offer as activities. I am from South Africa, Johannesburg and being part of such a huge "population" of carers having the same Purpose in mind, is a huge priviledge to me! I am the Nursing Manager of a Retirement home and keep on encouraging my residents to participate in this journey made possible by you. Thank you, you are such an inspiration!
First of all try to get some volunteers to help you
Here is an article that might help you
Danielle will this work for you ??
Let us know
As for picking those clients for the very first day, I would suggest... - if some of your clients always hang out together, send an invitation to only one of a trio; - make sure your list includes the leader of the pack at large.... especially if that leader is a negative force to most things. And so on.
You can make the walking (of the chosen ones) as secret as you like by whispering, not allowing doors to slam... In an ideal world you will lead this group to a room that is not your activity room... maybe someone's office. There you can run it however you decide.... are you asking the chosen ones to help you with some task (organizing a Hallow'en event), help you to run a survey (to find out so and so's hobby, birthday); to pick/ vote in the ones (only 2 people, maybe 6) who will join the chosen ones the next special day; to create a special card for the new Prime Minister etc.; to be prepared to go to a matinee tomorrow or the next day/week.. (Do they want to keep the activity of the matinee a secret?) Post this special event on a calendar in the activities room. Most theater managers will support you if a group picture can be taken for the local newspaper or to hang in the lobby. You could discuss how everyone will want to have their jackets and street shoes ready and you might want to pick Mary to be a partner with X.... for safety sake. This group of the chosen few may want to keep this as a secret club for the next week or two, they may decide to keep the matinee a secret... whatever.
All to make this a very SPECIAL thing to be part of.
And you are off to a good start....