You can now add Daily Schedules, Icons, and Print at a variety of sizes! This easy to edit activity calendar can be pre-filled with upcoming events and celebration ideas for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. A perfect resource for activity coordinators working with the elderly.
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RAAFA 14th Oct 2019 Occupational Therapist
Why has the format of the printable Calendar changed?
Amy 28th Jul 2019 Administrator
I am trying to make my August calendar and for some reason its not changing the font size. Im needing a larger font and when i click on any of them...the font size stays the same small print. What am i doing wrong? I didnt have this problem last month.
Rick 17th Jul 2019 Integrator

Just started using this yesterday. I'm converting the .pdf to .jpg and using on a Senior Center TV as signage. Is there any way to format the .pdf into a 16:9 format to make it more legible? I cannot change the aspect ratio when its in slideshow mode.

Thanks, Rick
Maurice 22nd Jul 2019
Hi Rick,

That's an interesting use of the calendars!

I'm not sure I understand the issue though. Slideshow mode on a 16:9 screen should just add black bars left and right. I believe powerpoint has a 16:9 screen mode, so you could drag the JPG into that and re-export if you want an all-white display.

The issue with providing a 16:9 equivalent for each paper size is how vertically short that size is, it would almost always spill onto 2 pages or scale the font to be very small.

If you send a photo of the issue to [email protected] I can take a look!
Jonathan 9th Jul 2019 Activities Director
for some reason i can not download a calendar
Maurice 9th Jul 2019
Hey Jonathan!

Sorry about this, our fault. An update over the weekend broke the "Tabloid" paper size, but it's now working again :)
RAAFA 8th Jul 2019 Occupational Therapist
Hi... Ive just started to use the Golden Carers for our Activity Calender.
After completing it has gone onto a second page. I want the month to be on 1 page only. I also dont want the writing to be too small for the residents to read.

How do i alter this?

Please help,
Maurice 9th Jul 2019
Hi Raafa!

The easiest way is always to print on larger paper, more room gives you the ability to increase the font size and include more activities. Smaller paper means less room and smaller font sizes.

Our templates already use the minimum recommended page margins, they're quite narrow. The plain templates also give you slightly more room because the table dividers are very small.

Toolkit, our professional activity management platform, is worth looking at for a better approach to managing calendars:

Hope that helps!
Linda 10th Jul 2019 Diversional Therapy Asst
Hi Raafa,

We have the same problem, so our solution is old-school. We cut & paste, literally!
We print it on 2 pages, then cut the extra week off Pg 2 & glue it to the bottom of Pg1, then scan & print from there!
We don't want to go smaller than Font size 10, but some days we need more than 4 lines for activities, so this is what we came up with.

Linda :)
Maurice 10th Jul 2019
Hi Linda,

I would love to see a photo if you could take one! You can upload here, or send to [email protected] if that's easier. :)

Novel ways of using the calendars is great to see and can help us make improvements.
Raquel 24th Jun 2019 Activities
New in here ,i dont even know where to start ;)
Maurice 24th Jun 2019
Hi Raquel!

The best place to start is the video on using these calendars :)

Once you've tested them out, let me know if you have any specific questions, happy to help.
Solange 25th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist
Welcome to Golden Carers Raquel! Go to 'What's New' and then 'Calendar'; click on the month that you are interested in and choose the activity that suits you best.
Adele 19th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapy
Hi there
I thought you have added more backgrounds. cant see them now :(
Maurice 24th Jun 2019
Hi Adele,

We've just added the new backgrounds which were updated on Toolkit, so you can start using them with these downloadable templates too :)
Gillian 6th Jun 2019 Activities Co-ordinator
Love that this is available to edit
Talita 10th Jun 2019
Thanks for your feedback Gillian!
Shirley 4th Jun 2019 Welfare Village Officer
I have been so thrilled to get the tips and ideas on dealing with Seniors across the board. Golden Carers has really helped me the past few months.
Thank you
Talita 10th Jun 2019
Thank you so much for your feedback Shirley, it means a lot to us!
SHARON 22nd Mar 2019 Director Of Assist Living
how do you see more of the picture fade the squares to enjoy the picture
Maurice 28th Mar 2019
Hi Sharon!

We will be updating this soon so the days are a little transparent, then you can see more of the background image :)
Susan 14th Mar 2019 Life Enrichment Director
Is there any way to do a weekly calendar?
Maurice 18th Mar 2019
Hi Susan!

We don't have a Weekly Calendar download yet for Golden Carers, but we do have a professional activity and client management system which has Daily, Weekly, and Monthly calendar downloads called Golden Care Tools:

Hope that helps :)
Maurice 28th Mar 2019
Hi Susan!

There isn't weekly option yet for the Golden Carers printable calendars, but we do provide weekly calendars if you use Toolkit:

Toolkit is a professional online system for managing clients, attendance, and activities. If you have an active Golden Carers membership there is a free plan available if all you need to manage are activites:

Hope that helps!
Val 2nd Apr 2019 Activities Organiser
Hi. I'd love to use this but wonder if there Is any way this can be linked to an existing electronic calendar, e.g. microsoft outlook? I use an calendar on Outlook specifically for my Care Home activities but this would be a real improvement.
theresa 2nd Feb 2019 caregiver
hi I love the calenders, but the last weeks does not fit in the calender seems to go onto another page.
I have try to adjust it to fit in but does not happen for some reason.
Maurice 3rd Feb 2019
Hi Theresa!

The calendar automatically breaks onto a new page if there is too much content to display it all on one. Some solutions:

1. If you delete some of the events from March 1st and 21st (which have 5 activities each!) it will then automatically collapse onto 1 page

2. If you can print on an A3 printer then you'll have much more room available and it will print on 1 page

3. You can drop the font size down to 8pt, which will then give you enough space for 1 page

4. You can remove the automatic Golden Carers events, and the blank calendar ready for your own activities will fit onto 1 page

I hope that helps! :)
Sandra 23rd Jan 2019 Lifestyle
Is it just me, trying to personalise my calendar, I am having trouble entering my activities. I'm using 10pt and still not able to fit three activities on one day.
Maurice 3rd Feb 2019
Hi Sandra!

If you print blank calendars they will always fit onto 1 page. As you start adding events, activities, and daily schedules, they will start to expand and will eventually break onto a new page.

You can prevent extra pages by either reducing font sizes, or increasing page size like A3.

Hope that helps!
Connie 1st Jan 2019 Life Enrichment Director
I am struggling with being able to personalize the space where the month and date first appear on the top of the calendar. I would like to be able to type our community name as well as the month and year. I know it can be done because I did it successfully with one of my January calendars but was unable to remember the exact steps I did in the
"compatible" mode to make it work on my second calendar, thus I had to actually cut with scissors and tape my heading on. "Please help teach this old dog a new trick" Any help would be very much appreciated.
Maurice 2nd Jan 2019
Hi Connie! Interesting suggestion, would you mind attaching a photo of your creation? I don't see why we couldn't add a feature to be able to type a custom heading in the future :)
Janet 28th Dec 2018 Activities Director
This new calendars is not working it will not let me enlarge the word so that the residents can read it or it keeps moving the cells on the calendar around I have several staff try to make this work but the font does not change like it should for each day it all stays the same tell me what I am I doing wrong running out of time to get this done
Maurice 28th Dec 2018
Hi Janet!

Have you tried some of the larger font sizes, particularly 16pt / 18pt / 20pt? The "Microsoft Word" version will give you more flexibility, as you can always change the font size after generating it.

PDFs aren't editable files so they can't be changed afterwards.

We've also recently added a "Tabloid" printing option, this is an 11" by 17" page, so if you can print at that size it gives you far more room to increase the font size and it will be easier for your residents to see the activities.

Lastly, if you don't have weekend activities, you could use the 5-Day option in Portrait mode.

If you have any other suggestions please let us know, we're always looking to improve!
Tonya 28th Dec 2018 Nurse/Program Director
Can we get an option for more background themes or add in clip art?
Maurice 28th Dec 2018
Hi Tonya!

We do have a custom background image feature in the works :)

Clipart can always be added using the Microsoft Word version, as this is a feature built directly into the program.

We've added a simple "Icon" feature which will automatically add nice clean icons to each Golden Carers event, however, if you want full control I'd suggest using Word to add your own.

Hope that helps!
Tzimmerman 27th Dec 2018
Hi! How many lines of activities can you get on a calendar day? I sometimes have 8 events on one day. Thanks!
Linda 28th Dec 2018 Diversional Therapy Asst
We have the same problem, needing 6 lines some days.
You can't get more than 4 lines unless you go lower in font size than 10, which is too small for our residents.
So what we do is print it on 2 pages, then cut the 2nd page out & stick it on the bottom of the first page. Kind of old school, but it works!
Maurice 28th Dec 2018
Great to hear your solution Linda! Another idea is to print on a larger paper size, like A3 or Tabloid, and then switch to Portrait mode. That will give you far more room vertically and it may just onto 1 page depending on the number of activities. :)
Gillian 14th Dec 2018 Activities Co-ordinator
Thank you so much. Such a briliant resource. I cant thank you enough
Talita 15th Dec 2018
Thanks so much Gillian! I'm so glad it is helpful for you!
Donna 21st Nov 2018 Recreation Activities Officer
Hi . I am trying to down load the calendar for January 2019 to December 2019 so we can plan our year ahead and it will only down load December 2018. When will the 2019 full year calendar be available please?
Maurice 21st Nov 2018
Hey Donna! Are you still having trouble? We've moved the full 12-month download to the top of the "Months" section, the option was a little hidden. You can download the full 2019 calendar anytime you like :)
Alison 27th Oct 2018 Diversional Therapist
I just looked at the Calendars which I had seen but didn't take the time to investigate properly, I am so impressed and will be using them from now on. Such a wonderful website for DT's, thank you so much.
Talita 29th Oct 2018
Thank you SO Much for your feedback Alison! We appreciate it so much! x
Susan 28th Sep 2018 Gerontologist
I joined the free trial for Golden Care Tools. I love the Calendar set up. You can list all activities and manoeuvre them around without having to physically type each activity in for each day. I cannot seem to find out how to do that with this calendar and I cannot justify the cost for Golden Care Tools for the calendar when I have already paid for this site. Do you have any suggestions?
Maurice 28th Sep 2018
Hi Susan!

The Calendars on Golden Carers (above) are designed in a way that people can download the templates and use them however they like. It's fully up to them to add, remove, update, and plan their calendars on a monthly basis.

The Golden Care Tools ( system is a far more sophisticated online program that is designed as a professional service. Generally, a facility or workplace will pay for Golden Care Tools directly, as it lets you add and manage clients, schedule activities, and then allows detailed reports to be created for and use for accreditation and government audits.

You can see a quick overview of the features here:

The Quickstart video is a great place to see exactly how the system works:

I hope that helps answer you question!
Kayleigh 25th Sep 2018 Coordinator for The Intermissions Program
These calendars look great. Currently it looks like they're only available in landscape style, do you think they would ever become available in portrait style?
Thank you,
Maurice 27th Sep 2018
Hey Kayleigh!

We'll take a look and see how easy this is to setup.

Do you use Portrait calendars often? Is there any particular reason you choose them over the more known Landscape version?
Kayleigh 27th Sep 2018
Hi Maurice,
It's easier for me to use portrait when I'm working on my newsletter. In publisher, you aren't able to use portrait on one page and landscape on another, they all have to be the same format.
Also, it's uploaded to a resident website, and they prefer for it to be in portrait view as well. Thanks for the response!
Maurice 18th Oct 2018
Hi Kayleigh!

Good news, we've just released two new Calendar features:

1. 7-Day Week and 5-Day Week Calendars
2. Landscape and Portrait Mode

I can recommend the 5-Day week layout in Portrait mode with a larger page size and a background image, it works really well :)

Let me know how you go!
Linda 13th Sep 2018 Diversional Therapy Asst
Finding this resource has saved my life! :)
Thank you so much.
Just a question - for days where I need more than 5 lines for activities, is there any other way I can get more room apart from reducing the font size?
Maurice 17th Sep 2018
Hi Linda!

There are a couple things you can do if reducing the font size isn't giving you enough room:

1. Let it spill over two pages: When entering information if you run out of space the word document will automatically spill onto a new page,

2. Print a larger page size; If you have an A3 Printer, or print can print on two A4 pieces of paper and stick them together, you'll have a lot more room to enter information.

I hope that helps!
Shearee 4th Sep 2018 Diversional Therapist
OMG, the new calendar is fantastic, can you download the whole 12mths at once to then edit ?? love the back rounds.
Talita 8th Sep 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback Shearee! Let me get back to you on this one!
Maurice 19th Sep 2018
Hi Shearee!

Ahh that's lovely to hear, thanks for the feedback!

We removed the yearly printing option as it didn't seem very useful when using backgrounds as they all end up being the same. However I can see how it would be useful for plain calendars.

We'll take a look and see if we can add the option :)
Maurice 21st Nov 2018
Yearly calendars have been added, you can now download entire years in one click! :)
Kelly 16th Aug 2018 RAO
Hi, do you know how to apply a fill effect in word to use as the background. Some columns will stay blank and not show the colour/image?
Maurice 16th Aug 2018
Hey Kelly!

We're launching new calendars very soon, I think they might do exactly what you're after :)
Teri Strebel 13th Jul 2018
Very interested in becoming a member but I need to make sure that your calendar will work with our current printing system. I need to be able to do the calendars as a word doc in landscape format and legal size (8.5 x 14). Is this format available in your downloadable and editable calendars?
Maurice 16th Jul 2018
Hey Teri!

The Word Documents should already be Legal paper size, which is 8.5 by 11 inches. So you're good to go :)

If anyone else reading ever needs to change to A4, A3, or another size, all you do is click the Layout tab, then the Size button, and finally select whichever paper size you need.

Hope it helps.
Heidi 22nd Dec 2017 Administrator
Can clip art be added to the calendar?
Maurice 27th Dec 2017
Hi Heidi, you can add clipart if you download the Word Document version!
Talita 11th Sep 2017
The 2018 Calendar is now available!
Fiona 14th Aug 2017 Lifestyle Coordinator
Really keen to work on 2018 calendar, when will this be available to print?
Talita 14th Aug 2017
Hi Fiona, we have had a number of requests for this. We will be releasing the 2018 calendar in September and will make sure this is scheduled in earlier for 2019! I'll let you know as soon as it's out.
Pam 17th Jan 2017 Recreation
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you turned the Calendar from Portrait to can you offer an option to start the month on Sundays instead of Monday?
Talita 18th Jan 2017
Thanks for your feedback Pam! The calendar is now available starting from Sunday or Monday, just select which tab is relevant to you. Cheers!
Mary 6th Dec 2016 Trainer,Assessor Aged, Community,Disability
Thanks for the 2017 events calendar. Just in time for my new classes Nov 2016-2017. We can design our ideas around the events which covers diversity, culture, person centered focused care and individual/group event participation
love your work! Mary Ebbott. Trainer and assessor Cert 11 individual support. Cert 1V Ageing support and Leisure and Health
Talita 12th Dec 2016
Thanks so much for your feedback Mary! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
D'Ayrne 24th Nov 2016
I am also desperate for the July-December calendar please. It is our main tool for booking in our Happy Hour entertainers. Thanks.
Co.As.It Community Services Inc. 21st Nov 2016 Aged Care and Community Services
Hello just checking if we can print the July through to Dec 2017 Calendars. Thank You :)
Vanessa 19th Sep 2016
I would like any ideas for activities in an Aged Care home for people with early dementia
Solange 19th Sep 2016 Diversional Therapist
Hi Vanessa, early dementia symptoms vary from person to person, which is why it is important to offer meaningful activities based on individual tastes as much as possible. If that is not practical you may try activities that stir the memory, improve motor skills, promote creativity, and make them feel included and needed. Most activities in Golden Carers are suitable for early dementia. You will be the judge as to whether activities need to be modified for safety and practicality. Activities such as puzzles, singing, painting, colouring, carpet bowling, cooking, collage, gardening and many others are a good starting point. Best wishes.
Talita 19th Sep 2016
Here is a category dedicated to dementia on the website:

Here is a good article to get started with:

All the best Vanessa.
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