Thanks for publishing this one! I had a great time getting it together. The experience was fairly easy so I will be trying my hand at other DIY templates as well. Your site is the best I have used in the last 36 years of my career as an Activity Director, Certified! I wish I had known about your site whenever it first started! So much content and idea sharing… no need to reinvent the wheel! 😊
I was wondering how many Activities Coordinators there are in an Independent living extra care scheme that are in the UK. I have been asked to do some research and see how they conduct activities at their site , as I feel like I am researching my self out of a job. A lot of independent living schemes I have looked at do not have an activities coordinator but the residents themselves sort out the activities with support with staff on site.
When I do activities I have a core number who attend which is only about 12 out of 84 residents my manager wants over half to start to attend at least one activity a week. I have tried different groups but they are so independent that at this moment in time they do not need the activities.
Some information on what you do and how many attend would be much appreciated and if you do have a set person running them.
(example of a few of the popular activities we have, chit chat, music appreciation, arm chair travel, brain training, mindfulness, dance and creative expression but like i said it is only about 12 different people that attend at the moment)
I do not live in the UK and I never worked in independent living
However my mother is in independent living now and they definitely have an activity calendar and many activities
I guess it depends on the budget for the facility and what they want to do
The trick to having a good calendar is to get a lot of input from the residents
Of course things can change over time
This might be a good question to ask the golden Carers Group on Facebook
Thank you for your input