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#1168 Activity Participation Forms - discussion

Posted by Miguel on 14 October 2004 - 06:37 PM

Hey All,
I have an easy participation log and room visit log, if anyone is interested feel free to e mail me at msarasa@thevillagehemt.com and I would not mind e mailing you a copy.

Both allow you to have 3 months on one page. and I created it myself
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#7831 Looking for activities for clients to enjoy!

Posted by OceanGuy23 on 04 May 2007 - 11:17 PM

Here is a following list that might sound like fun for your male residents.
1. Poker Club, or any card games
2. Dominoes
3. Checkers
4. Sports Trivia
5. Western Movie Night
6. Bowling
7. Horseracing
8. Kickball
9. Balloon Volleyball Competition
10. Bean Bag Toss
11. Gardening
12. Puzzles, word searches, Crosswords
13. Get car magazines and reminisce about res. first car, fixing cars, etc.
14. Basketball
15. Football game and pizza (check with dietary orders)
16. Building model cars, airplanes
17. Coffee, donoughts, and current events from newspaper
18. Painting/drawing, work with clay
19. Do a "fishing" game where you have a fishing pole ( a clothing pin connected to a large stick will do) and get prizes such as stuffed animals and let them fish for those prizes. Put prizes behind something so res. cannot see what their fishing for until they pull out the prize.
20. Go for a nature stroll outside.
Hope some of these activity ideas work for your men, I know our male residents at our long term care facility love these ideas. Good luck.
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#14856 Passed my Final!!

Posted by cindymay on 21 July 2017 - 09:11 PM

Just took my MEPAP1 final exam and passed with a 94%!  I should have read two of the questions better, I knew the answer, but read the questions wrong.  Oh well, I still passed!!

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#14346 Introduction

Posted by amycorbett on 12 September 2015 - 03:42 PM

Hi my name is Amy. I'm about to complete my qualification for activities director.I currently work as a concierge part time at an assisted living community. I live in the Austin Texas area.Hello everyone!!

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#13531 Getting Residents involved

Posted by Joelle on 11 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

The best technique for me to get our residents to come to activities is to be very enthusiastic about the activity myself. I try to get them involved before the activity even begins. I try to spend alot of time getting to know each of them as well and this seems to help.

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#14859 Introducing Yourself

Posted by DominiqueSOW on 22 July 2017 - 10:05 AM

Mabuhay!!  (Welcome!)


I am Dominique Wieland, from Camp Hill, PA- works in Carlisle and Mechanicsburgs.  I am from the beautiful 7,102 island of the Philippines.  I had been a Postmaster for 12 years before I migrated here so far it is my 9 years here now and my accent had a lil bit improved  :wub: I had been a CNA for many years already and it was luckily I was trained doing activity as part of my Float position in Messiah Lifeways since then I realized that is what I love to be doing.  I can be all at one in one job! ( a teacher, an artist, comedian, bit singer bit dancer, etc etc ) - since then my life were never boring!  I am happier when I come home and my back wasnt aching as when I do CNA job.



I am about to finish MEPAP1.  I would like to thank my AD in Thornwald Home who encourages me to do this schooling coz  I love it so much and looking forward to do the MEPAP2 sometime this year.  It was challenging having 2 jobs, family and doing the MEPAP but I have no regret at all.  It made me a better person and it improved my skill in using microsoft and the subject matter here are all relevant to what we are doing.  I am  so blessed to be in the class meeting new people all around USA and speaking the same language " Activities Professional Language".. Chat rooms are informative and although it is a fast interaction- very useful in planning future activities.. so always have your pen and paper ready.


I am hoping to continue my education here  to keep me updated, enjoy friendship with my fellow classmates and it makes my drive always energized in doing my AA job.


Hoping to be an AD someday..........may take awhile but while waiting for that day.. I will keep enhancing myself with job experience and continue educating myself online.


For those who are new-  sit back and relax it could be a bumpy ride but if you give time for this-- you will be in the finish line.  Just now every topic and assignments are worth it!


If there is anything I can do for you to help! please give me a buzz through my email--- dsowieland@yahoo.com.



God bless everyone!


Maraming Salamat!  (Thank you very much)


Dominique :D

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#14847 Introducing Yourself

Posted by lnmfm on 16 July 2017 - 10:41 PM

Hi,  I'm Ellen and I'm in the MEPAP1 course.  There's only one week left but it seems like we just started.  I can't wait to use everything I've learned although I have written a few programs to specific needs already.  It felt great!   It will be nice to get back to a regular sleep schedule.  These past few weeks have been exhausting.  I think of all the new ideas I have for work and I know it's all worth it.  :)

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#14845 Introducing Yourself

Posted by priscillad on 13 July 2017 - 12:21 AM

Hi, Im Priscilla and im in MEPAP1 and started in April. I have acquired a lot knowledge taking this class and look forward to taking Mepap2 in 2 months.  Provided with resourses, networking, and in depth understanding, Im truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be in the class.

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#14785 Final Practicum

Posted by Jurell7 on 07 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

My name is Jurell and I am taking the mepap 1 own pace. I need some one to chat with and was wondering was their anyone interested to chat with me
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#14761 MEPAP 1 120616

Posted by Wendy5 on 08 April 2017 - 06:48 PM

Wendy Lilly from Ohio saying I think this class was worth every moment but I am taking a break until I tackle part 2.  My facility only pays for the first part but I will do my best to finish the complete course.


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#14760 MEPAP 1 120616

Posted by kirstensch712 on 07 April 2017 - 09:40 PM

Kirsten Schumacher,


Course: MEPAP1-120616 



Boy, can't wait for this course to be done!!! Maybe next time at my own pace... but with quitting my old job, finding a new one, finding a new adviser and then starting as a Activity Coordinator at square one because the previous one was not doing anything creative herself...


I am exhausted lol. No more courses for the next 6 months and then have the new company pay for it!


Some links I love to use:
























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#14720 Practicum Assignment

Posted by Jessicarae on 03 April 2017 - 06:17 PM

Hi everyone. What are some upcoming activities you have planned?

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#14713 Need someone to chat with for final practicum

Posted by JanLaw6 on 28 March 2017 - 11:45 PM

First time on. Need to find a partner to chat for finals. Any takers?
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#14711 Feedback on New Activity Director Tool

Posted by CurtisOlson on 01 March 2017 - 08:57 PM

I have an idea for a nursing home tool that I wish existed when my dad was in nursing care. My in-laws will soon need nursing care, so I’m motivated to build this and I would love to get your feedback on the idea.


What is it?

A simple mobile app that makes it easy for a family to shares photos and updates with someone living in a nursing home. Also, nursing home staff can also shares activities and photos with the family through the app.


How does it work?

Sharing In: A family member uses the app to collect social media updates(FB, Instragram, etc.) and send them to Gramdma’s inbox. The nursing home staff can then use the app to view the photos and notes with the residents. The app would work on phones, tables, computers and even TVs.


Sharing Out: A staff member could use the app to take photos of dances, craft projects, etc. and share them with the family members. Controls could be put in place for that sharing out could be reviewed and approved by an AD.


The user interface would be big and uncomplicated for easy viewing.


Why is it needed?

For the resident: They will get more family updates and can stay connect to family that lives far away.


For the families: They can see what types of activities the resident is doing and can even share info and stories to help keep them engaged.


For nursing home staff: Using content sent in from families, you will have a fun, individual or group activity. You also can share out to let the family know that they are in good hands. It could also be a good marketing tool to show off what kind of care residents receive.


How much does it cost?

My goal is to provide a basic service for free so no one is shut out. To pay for development and computing time, there will be an upgraded, paid version with extra services. Initially, everything would be free.


Why are you doing this?

When my dad was in nursing care, I was 6 states away and felt guilty and disconnected. My dad rarely got to see or hear about my family. And only when I visited did I get to see all the wonderful stuff he was doing like photos of him dancing or going out for a movie night. Also, there were times when he needed things (sweats or new shoes) that I didn’t hear about unless I called.


Safety, Security and Simplicity

The goal is to make the app as simple as possible, but still have controls in place for safety. I know there are concerns with sharing photos outside of a facility. I would build in security and controls to manage the information at whatever level is required.



Is this something that you would use? Why or why not?


What kinds of barriers do you see in adopting this?


Feel free to add ideas or features you would like to see with something like this. I made a video to try and describe the service that you can view on youtube. https://www.youtube....h?v=WQ5nVH6Z2QY

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#14702 Practicum Assignment

Posted by Julianna148 on 25 January 2017 - 05:12 PM

Looking for someone to chat with so I can complete my MEPAP1 requirements 

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#14598 Bowling and Baking

Posted by betsyw on 22 August 2016 - 08:02 PM

There are two activities I’d like to share, bowling and baking cookies. Besides bingo these two activities have been the most popular in my facility for the past month.

            When we bowl, I really try to create the setting and environment they had when they were younger or even as adults. Try and make it as light-hearted as possible, but give them credit for their score. I use the activity iPod and play music like Elvis Presley or The Four Tops. As I reset the pins or line the next person up for their bowl I dance, it lightens the mood and the residents love it (not that I’m any good). Try and find bowling pins as close to the size that they are at bowling alleys, it really makes a difference because otherwise it can feel like a kiddy game. We use a two-pound bowling ball that is the size of a regular bowling ball; it even has the slots for fingers. The residents sit in a horse shoe shape with there being open space behind the pins. Each resident gets two bowls a turn and depending on strength and ability they sit closer or further from the pins. I ask them where they are comfortable to bowl from and they are happy to tell me. This can gather quite the crowd and while not everyone wants to play, I love of residents love to just watch and cheer on their neighbors. This can be quite a social activity in addition to helping them with strength. One doesn’t have to go for bowling, but they can go to listen to music, socialize, or just sit quietly while being entertained.

            Baking cookies has always been a crowd favorite, even for staff members. It fills the facility with a delicious cookie smell for the entire day. I gather residents to the dining room or conference room, depending on the group size. We use an Otis Spunkmeyer mini oven to bake the cookies, which is great because I can carry it to any room and plug it into a normal outlet. Our Dietary Manager supplies the cookie dough which is already made and frozen. The oven comes with three cookie sheets already and I get parchment paper from the kitchen. While we aren’t making the cookie dough we are decorating it. I buy all kinds of things to stick into the defrosted cookie dough, like M&M’s, Reese’s pieces, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. To start I give them all gloves, some need help putting them on some don’t, help the ones that need it. I put a bowl of all the toppings between every two people so that they can share and I’m not wasting too many bowls. For the first round I give each resident six cookies to decorate. Some like to make smiley faces or put their initials on them, others like to see how far in they can push the candy. The mini oven can cook thirty-six cookies at a time and we usually end up making around ninety because everyone wants to make as much as possible. Afterwards, I get them their beverages of choice (milk, water, cranberry juice, or ice tea) and everyone gets to eat one cookie. With the left over cookies I go around the facility and pass them out to residents and staff. This again is another social activity, but it’s a trip down memory lane. The smells from the cookie baking sparks so many memories for residents that it starts a conversation on its own. 

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#14596 The Penny Game

Posted by ssalinas on 19 August 2016 - 04:37 PM

Sherrie Salinas   sherriebobby@gmail.com   Course ID#:  050316 


Final Practicum


The Penny Game

The Penny Game is used for socializing and fun.  We use this, especially if we get new residents to kind of break the ice or just get to know each other. It also helps the residents use and keep their reading and math skills. 

The materials needed for this game is a bunch of pennies.  A container with a lid with the questions inside. Small cups for each resident or bowl to keep their money in. Enough for at least 6 people; you can have more players if you want, but 6 is a good number.  Then you have to have at 20 to 30 questions.  The questions can be anything simple to something silly, (I will list sample questions below). Be sure to have resident seated at a table circle works best but a square one works well too.

The way you play the game is, you pass out 10 pennies to each resident. They can keep them in front of them or they can keep them in a cup, which ever works out best for them. Begin by having them read a question. If the question says Give that means that the one reading the question will give the penny to the person the question is referring too.  If the question says Take, then that means that everyone will take a penny if that question refers to them.  You keep playing until you are done with questions or your hour is up.  You can play from 30 minutes to an hour.  The person with the most pennies at the end of the game wins the game.

Here are some sample questions:  These sample questions are when the person who is reading it will have to give a penny from their cup to whoever has the color red on, or has brown hair, has been to Paris or has been on an airplane.

Give a penny to everyone who is wearing the color red.

Give a penny to everyone who has brown hair.

Give a penny if you have ever been to Paris.

Give a penny if you have been on an airplane.

The next sample questions are when you say Take.  That means everyone takes penny from the container holding all the pennies.  Here are some sample questions for this:

Take a penny if you were born in August.

Take a penny if you are wearing jewelry.

Take a penny if you love to play sports.

Take a penny if you have ever been to New York City.

Take 5 pennies if you are enjoying this game.

This is a simple and fun game.  There are really no rules and you can make up your own questions.  This really helps to keep the residents engaged and involved.  You can even make different questions to match up with the seasons, or holidays. 

I know that your residents will really enjoy this game as much as my residents enjoy it.

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#14539 Hi there

Posted by ashxeve on 11 June 2016 - 11:38 AM

Hi yall!

Ashley here.

I am from Beaumont, Texas and I have been an Activities Assistant as well as a Volunteer for the local Nursing Facility of Winnie, Texas.  I would love to learn from you all and see what your calendars look like and how you conduct your resident council meetings as well as staff meetings. How you develop master plans to make special events go smoothly. How you established your contacts...



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#14538 Hi there

Posted by lmawhinney on 08 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

Hi Ashley,


I would love to hear about some of your favorite activities your facility provides! Would you be willing to share a few? I am enrolled in MEPAP1 as well, and am almost finished. :) I work in a 145 bed SNF in Shoreline, WA near Seattle.


A few of my favorites are:

Men's Breakfast- 1x/month-Men only and we have a cook come to do made to order eggs and omelets, etc. 

Arm Chair Travel-2x/month-Sensory incorporated activity. We have bags for different places. For example, France, we have a picture travel book, French language cards, a beret, and we will bake croissants for the residents and talk about what France is known for and it's history.

Wackey Ball-1x/month- active sport activity. We use pool noodles that are cut in half and a large balloon and they hit it back and forth to each other. They LOVE this!

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#14527 Hi there

Posted by awalden on 30 May 2016 - 03:19 PM

Hello there, my name is Ashley Walden and I am the Life Enrichment Coordinator for the health care unit of a retirement facility in a suburb outside of of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I just started the job in October of last year, so I have been in the position for about seven months. Prior to that, I had four years of experience as an Activity Assistant on a health care unit, a secure dementia unit, and in personal care. I covered three maternity leaves in that time! I am starting to get my feet on the ground in this new position, making the calendar my own and getting to know my residents well. I am also taking the MEPAP1 course on the path to getting my ADC. Looking forward to learning from you here!

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