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Mary Lynn

Activities Director From Pennsylvania, United States


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Mary Lynn 22nd Jul 2020 Activities Director

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I need your opinions please:
I am brand new as Activities Director for a Senior Day Center. Most of our clients (when they return) have pretty good cognitive abilities. Moderately functioning etc. I'm told they love to paint and with that in mind I want to order easels and canvas for them to paint on. Nothing larger than 8" or 10". Especially for those that are able to do this kind of art/craft. I want them to feel artistic and of course music to compliment the mood. Since our attendance is gong to be cut in half, I thought it would be a good time to try more creative ideas and grow with it. Any other suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks bunches in advance
Mary Lynn 18th Jul 2020 Activities Director

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You can make a grid or chart ( spread sheet or template to help). Itemize the acivities and then "check" off their participation
Example:
Patient: Name Here
1. Balloon Ball (Hitting balloon with foam noodle)
______Enjoys ______Tries to enjoy ______ Little interest _______ no involvement
2. Arts and crafts
______Enjoys ______finds it difficult ______Enjoys but difficult _______ not interested
This is just a very rough draft but hope its helpful :) Good luck
Mary Lynn 15th Jul 2020 Activities Director

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Mary Lynn 15th Jul 2020 Activities Director

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I'm the activities director at a Senior Day Center. We are only taking partial attendance so far so for the other clients still at home, I am sending fun activity packets to them (everything and I mean EVERYTHING I found here) I would like to insert a survey page in their packets. My question is do you have a link/template or any info where I can create a survey page to add to their packets. I would like their feed back on what they are receiving etc....Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks tons!!!!!
By the way, I am so crazy "addicted" to this incredible site :)
Mary LYnn 6th Jul 2020 Activities Director

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Holy moly MJ thanks for sharing these awesome ideas xo. You are a good soul!
Mary LYnn 6th Jul 2020 Activities Director

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Good Monday Morning to all! Any good links to a Beetles trivia or "Did You Know?" info. ? I have a few clients that are crazy over the Beetles and I would love to stick some trivia or quizzes in their care package for our Senior Day Services are currently closed...Thank you for any info you can pass along :-)
Mary Lynn
Mary LYnn 2nd Jul 2020 Activities Director

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Hi MJ
I love what you are doing. I will be doing the same now that I found this site. Our facility was to re open on Tuesday July 7th but now it's pushed to Aug 3rd. Anyway another idea I got was personalizing some puzzles using the templates they provide. Example: One of our ladies loves the Beetles. So I am going to personalize her cross word puzzle with Beetle questions and also "word search" with more Beetle words and personal words like her name and words related to her. Also she is of Irish culture so I will print out Irish information from the "Multicultural" section of this site. To name a few ideas! My hopes are they get a thrill when they open their package or even if their care givers are helping them, to see that its all related to THEIR interest. I will be doing 35 of these so I will definitely learn about cultures and "This Day In History" :) Lots of love and luck to you
Mary LYnn 2nd Jul 2020 Activities Director

16 Snippets of Italian Trivia

I just LOVE the multicultural section of this fabulous website. I work as a Activities Director at a day service facility and we are currently closed due to COVID! I am mailing/delivering personalized packages to our clients. We have clients of many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Adding pages of color-printed information from their country really brightens their day. The family members/care givers are delighted to see a spark in their loved ones eyes when they see and read about their history. I am becoming so educated myself learning all this. It will help me when we get back to work striking a spark in our clients eye when I reminisce with them about their culture. I seriously can NOT get enough of this fantastic site. xoxo :-)
Mary LYnn 29th Jun 2020 Activities Director

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thank you so much. I am learning so much from this site and I am definitely going to do some research from these links. I work from 8am to 3:30 PM
Mary LYnn 29th Jun 2020 Activities Director

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Hi all !!!!
I just got hired as activities director at a day facility for seniors. Does anyone have any sweet ideas that we can present to them as a welcoming gift? Because of COVID, they are NOT allowed to take anything home from the facility so it would have to be edible or something that can go in our garden or even in their boxes (every client will be given a personalized box for their craft and activity items because of the new rules and regulations) any suggestions would be great :)
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