How to Celebrate Birthdays in Long Term Care Facilities

How to Celebrate Birthdays in Long Term Care Facilities

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Birthday celebrations provide an opportunity to honor elderly clients and let them know they are appreciated and valued.  It is important to consider the cultural background of your clients and their personal preferences when planning birthday celebrations.

Birthday celebrations provide an opportunity to honor elderly clients and let them know they are appreciated and valued.

It is important to consider the cultural background of your clients and their personal preferences when planning birthday celebrations.

In this article we cover:

  • What does the resident want?
  • Monthly Birthday Parties
  • Celebrating with Family
  • Making People Feel Special on their Birthday
  • How to Plan a Birthday Party
  • Tips for Celebrating the Birthday of Centenarians
  • Suitable Gift Ideas for the Elderly

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Susan 27th Jan 2018
Here is a link to how we celebrated birthdays in our long-term care facility
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2018/01/birthdays-in-long-term-care.html
Solange 24th Jan 2018
Hi Emma and Nori, congratulations on the creative ideas. Thank you for the feedback; food for thought for our colleagues.
Emma 24th Jan 2018
I have had the pleasure of taking part in 2 centenary birthdays...and on those days we have a Centenians trail..it starts off with a photo of the birthday resident, and then there is a photo & some information of each year they were alive (about things that have happened eg: WW2, JFK, TV being invented, queens jubilee etc)...and finises with a photo of how they are now. Not only is it fun and gets people talking, but it is great for younger carers to create a bridge with the more elderly residents. After the birthday, all the photos are place in a book and used as an engagement item.
Nori 17th Jan 2018
I'm a fan of doing MONTHLY parties, as well. If all tenants know that we're celebrating LOTS of birthdays, I'm apt to get a better turn-out.
I get wrist corsages (easier to put on and take off) for everyone having a birthday that month, get ONE cake, and then sing, play games, etc., much like a child's party. Trivia, indoor bowling, parachute games, bean-bag baseball, etc. are all great games and they can be adapted for many different abilities.
One of my favorite things is to do an Acrostic Poem for each birthday "boy" or "girl": Write the letters of his/her first name vertically down a dry-erase board or large piece of cardboard and then have other tenants think of POSITIVE words that describe that person starting with each letter. For example: L-O-I-S: L = lively, likable, lovely; O = original; I = imaginative, intelligent; S = social, snazzy. Then I take a photo of each person with his/her poem to print out and give to them later. Write everything big so it shows up in the photo!
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