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Susan

Director of Activities From New York, United States


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Susan 30th Apr 2019 Director of Activities

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We are very excited for National Nursing Home Week and I wanted to share out week with you all. In the U.S. the national theme is "Living Soulfully." Monday; we are opening with an entertainer in the morning, and in the afternoon we are holding a "Fellowship Social." Tuesday is "Goat Yoga and Companion Pet Day." We have goats coming in the morning and a yoga instructor. At noon right before lunch we will have some "Pet Jokes." In the afternoon we are having visiting pets. Wednesday is "Nature Day." We are creating nature prints in the morning and rock painting in the afternoon. For those is are unable to participate we have some beautiful nature videos played to music. Thursday is "Kindness Day." We are passing out carnations to all the residents, church service in the morning and Kindness hearts in the afternoon. Friday is "Fun Friday." We have "Buffalo Animal Adventures" coming in. At noon its Funny Jokes and at 2:00 it "Build Your Own Sundaes."
Susan 25th Apr 2019 Director of Activities

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I would like to hear everyone's ideas and thoughts in planning "Person Centered" activities and doing less actual groups.
Susan 25th Apr 2019 Director of Activities

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We do a "Morning Wake-up" program, we start by telling what day it is, the weather, etc. Then to music they stretch using the following; "stretch high up in the tree for an apple." Climb the ladder, make it rain, move your arms with the wind...etc. They love it! You can make up your own fun ones to keep them going. Then we go around the circle and do a balloon toss. We read a very short story, end with some deep breathing and lastly hands alive (lotion hands.)
It really works, but the person leading has to be full of life! :)
Susan 25th Apr 2019 Director of Activities

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Have you tried portable music he likes with head phones?
We have one gentleman who punches holes in paper with a 3 hole punch; he thinks its his job.
We have one gentleman who hold a baby doll; he thinks its his grandchild.
Have you heard of companion pets, there are cats and dogs who are interactive and our residents love them.
Hope this was helpful :)
Susan 25th Apr 2019 Director of Activities

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Hi,
I was wondering what everyone is doing for National Nursing Home Week?
Susan 13th Jan 2018 Director of Activities

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I have "Celebrating January Birthday" parties. I invite whomever wants to come. We sing, have cake, announce Birthdays, do some January trivia and socialize. I do hang a banner. I hold it usually the 1st day of the month.
Susan 13th Jan 2018 Director of Activities

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We set up music videos/sing-a-longs in the morning and do hands alive, one-to-one balloon toss. The staff rotates between the two units where residents cannot do for themselves. In the afternoon we have church groups come in. On one Sunday we do not have a church group to come in so I have DVD's from a church in town and we gather the residents together to watch.
Susan 8th Mar 2017 Director of Activities

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Hello everyone. I am the Director of Activities in a country facility. We hold our activities on our wings in the dining rooms. On one of my units I have a mixture of residents from alert and oriented to unable to do anything. I have one Activity Leader for the unit and am in need of some fresh ideas for morning programs.
Susan 8th Feb 2017 Director of Activities

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Also look into companion pets; we have five cats (battery operated) that move, meow, purr, there eyes open and shut. They are amazing!! The residents find them so calming. Even the staff finds them therapeutic. If you can find them in the S&S primelife catalog or the website ssww.com.
Susan 8th Feb 2017 Director of Activities

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Hi Katherine,
Try Balloon volleyball with a net, they sell them for inside and lower for wheelchairs. Our residents love it.

They also love simple crafts we just cut out cardboard heart shapes and folded up/crumpled tissue paper and pasted it on. It was really successful.

We also play pokeno
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