I co-own and operate a small assisted living home in Pittsfield, NH (U.S.A.). We consistently seek ways to improve upon our senior activity program, providing a diversified balance of a purposeful and enjoyable time of recreation, crafting, exercise and others to reach all of our residents. I must say, it's been a challenge. This past October I began researching options online and came across your site, subscribing for a year to see what you were all about. Let me tell you, you have not disappointed! Your site is a priceless resource that we are extremely thankful for. We find a significant increase in resident participation and look forward to the new ideas that each month brings. Our residents love the changes!
Question: How are you celebrating Easter and then later on Mother's Day?
Last year for Easter we hid eggs filled candies and had an Easter egg hunt. The residents participated and had fun.
Then for mother's day, we had a Mother's day formal tea party, that too was great. I would like to have a hat parade this year for Easter but not sure. What are you doing?
I am thinking that each resident can present a hat from the past and tell something about it so on the day of the "Hat Parade", they will wheel in to the activity room wearing their hat while a staff member will narrate about the hat to the audience. Talking about the hat should bring back some happy memories.
I do the same thing. Plan activities on a monthly basis and putting together crafts and entertainment to accommodate the residents needs, and have them participating in crafts that they are able to handle. I print a monthly newsletter which includes a calendar of events and pictures of the past month activities as a reminder. I know it does your heart good when they enjoy an activity or program. I wish all the best to you and pray that the Lord will inspire us all to do what we are doing with good ideas and lots of love. Have a great week Nicole, and thank you.