Portable Activity Ideas to Reach Every Resident, Everyday

Portable Activity Ideas to Reach Every Resident, Everyday

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

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Not every resident attends group activities, and it can be a serious struggle to find ways to get them engaged with recreation. Intentionally curated carts and baskets can increase your reach and keep your residents happily active.

Not every resident attends group activities, and it can be a serious struggle to find ways to get them engaged with recreation. Intentionally curated carts and baskets can increase your reach and keep your residents happily active.

In this article we cover:

  • Carts for Short Term Stay Residents
  • Carts for Long Term Stay Residents
  • Technology Cart
  • Library Cart
  • Something To Do Cart
  • Hydration Cart
  • Holiday Cart
  • Family Visit Cart

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Barbara 6th Mar 2019 Recreation Coordinator
Ok! Bought my colorful cart and named it 'Fun on the Run'! Have started stocking it with
Word search, crosswords, adult coloring books and markers, 1 lb weights, stretchy bands.
Also will incorporate my Music & Memory Program with MP3 players loaded with different genres of music, ie. big band, classical, opera, etc.

I have a few questions for those of you who are already using a cart:
1. Do you stay in the room and work with a resident?
2. Do you drop off items and if so do they keep them or do you wait a few days to get them back? Do you sign out items?
Thanks so much for your input and comments/suggestions!
Darla 9th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)
For Barbara.

Activity Documentation = leave items for resident/client

Therapeutic Recreation = remain with resident/client and document # of minutes of therapy in the MDS (or other medical system required documentation process for your country).

I found the cart useful for "Residents at Risk" of isolation.

Adding to the rolling cart each day - yesterday I purchased a small carrying caddy for hand massage and pamper kit. Lotions (hospital issued) and added my own essential oils of lavender(calming) and orange citrus(stimulation).

A fishing game for the fellows - magentic cardboard fish and short bamboo poles with dental floss and magnets tied to bottom.

Calendars (free) from the local stores; muscle cars collector cars calendar; motorcycles calendar; and big rig semi trucks calendar; beautiful flowers calendar; and inspirational message(scenery) calendars.

I post the Residents at Risk and their room #s for other therapists/staff to use.

Have Fun with your cart!

Darla
Talita 9th Mar 2019
Love the photo Barb, thanks so much for sharing!
Ms 1st Mar 2019 Activities Assistant
Fabulous ideas! Thank you for presenting them in such a well-organized way! I've already collected several items which would be the basis for a "Something To Do Cart". You've provided ideas for additional things to include. I'd not thought of using a cart for the many one-on-one's that I do. Unfortunately, the activities director is of no help. You folks out here on Golden Carers are my mentors. As a budding activities assistant, I'm ever so grateful and gratified to see things working for the residents I care for.
Haley 5th Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
I'm so thankful you found the article useful! I'm sorry that you feel you aren't getting the mentor relationship from your Activity Director right now - it can be frustrating when you want to learn new things but cannot find an invested teacher. So happy you can find that type of inspiration right here on Golden Carers - your residents will benefit from your hard work.
Ms 12th Mar 2019 Activities Assistant
Thank you again Haley! Much gratitude for our on-line support & tribe!
Darla 27th Feb 2019 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)
Very useful ideas. I had a rolling cart set up in past, but the focus was on large group activities and entertainment.
Now that I am focusing on Therapeutic Recreation and Residents are risk of isolation once again, I feel a fresh energy to get something in place! Your ideas are helpful and thought provoking.

Thank You Haley.
Haley 1st Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Thank YOU Darla! I love that you are taking a fresh approach - we can all use a bit of new inspiration every now and again. Let me know how it goes!
Barbara 27th Feb 2019 Recreation Coordinator
I'm on this!
Haley 1st Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Yay! I hope your residents love it, Barbara!
Jane 26th Feb 2019 Activity Director
This is a great idea! Thank you. You could add some sports trading cards to the cart, depending on the season. Eg. Baseball cards in the spring.
Haley 1st Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
That's a great idea, Jane - any sports memorabilia would be a good addition.
Jonna 26th Feb 2019 LS360 Director
Love this idea!!
Haley 1st Mar 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Yay! I hope you can implement some of it in your community, Jonna!
Haley 24th Feb 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
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