I am overwhelmed with the activities on this site, truly amazing. This website has been tremendously amazing and helpful for all my residents on the dementia unit. I have worked in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s in a long term care home for 30 years. This website is a blessing from above. You are all amazing for the future of care givers and residents.
I am really hoping someone could come up with some ideas to help as i think ive bitten off more than i can chew,
a local school approached me asking if they could do a pen friends with our home with all the school, obviously i thought what a nice idea for the residents at my home receiving letters and making friends at the times we are living at the moment. but the letters have arrived and there is at least 100 letters i'm not sure how i am going to send each child a detailed letter back with just me as the activities person in the home. any suggestions please.
thanks in advance nadine
We were asked to do the same. Are there any other homes in your community? if so the letters could be divided between homes to share the love. Your residents could respond to a few instead of many. I too am the only Activity staff in our building. We are pen pals with 45 students and all seniors independently write their own letter/cards/coloring pages to their assigned student usually twice per month, I assist 6 with their replies. I set a date and time for when the letters are completed and then the school picks them up to deliver to the students. This program works very well, with little coordination. The biggest hurdle is finding seniors who are interested in being a pen pal. other projects that also work are seasonal coloring pages or classroom art. I wish you luck!
Here are some ideas
First contact the school and let them know your situation
Maybe someone from the school can help you
Maybe you can get some volunteers to help you
Maybe you can get some at the staff at your facility to help you
Maybe there are some residents that could help you
Maybe you can share the full address with another facility in your area
Think it’s most important to contact someone at the school and let them know your situation and let them know that you will get to all the letters as soon as possible
Hopefully they will intern tell the students
Thank you for this valuable information
Any ideas out there for Nurses week May 6-May 12 and Skilled Nursing Care Week May 9-May 15???
Perhaps have a group child reply from one resident ie one resident writes to five children
Just a thought
I hope saw part of my answer on the other thread of you posted
Here are ideas for laughing what seems to be something anyone can do for a big activity with a few or a lot of residents
Thank you for your offer
This idea could help both of you
Have you tried this game