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#1 kevinm

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:06 PM

I would have never started it, but Residents when I came here have been getting money for bingo prizes. I have not had much success changing this. Costs me about 25-30 bucks a week. Admin says NO MORE! (comes outta petty cash ya know, others wanna use that $$... hehe I was snaggin it b4 them) Anyway, I need ideas, stuff that I can get that'll get their minds off of that cash!! And won't cost me too much. I'm sure you all have been down this road, gimmie some pointers, especially when presenting this change to resident council........

Wish me luck!
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Posted 08 June 2005 - 09:13 PM

Hello kevin
Try bingo bucks alot of AD's use them. It's play money and you will need to set up a store for them to purshase items from the store. I work in a snf and our residents shop every friday. Hope that helps


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 11:57 AM

Kevin,
I shop at the Dollar Store for my bingo prizes. My staff passes out to the residents that won a game " Bingo tickets".Then they can come and shop at the "store". In the store we have candy, pop, jewlery, popcorn, hats, socks, snacks, after shave, perfume, make-up...ect. I try to get items that they aren't offered in the Nursing Home. Things we take for granted. I also ask resident council any items they want or need for ideas. Hope this helps.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 12:47 PM

We've done "grab bag" bingo - they don't know what'll be in the bag, but it can be a treat, a dollar store item, banana, change for the candy cart, stamps for letters, etc. That's a fun one to do every once-in-a while. We also order items from Oriental Trading Co. for prizes, as well. But I do understand, once in a pattern for prizes, it's sure hard to switch! When I started here, the prize for bingo was basically candy (sugar free was available), it took almost a year to slowly intergrate in new prizes.

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:21 PM

We have 2 "unchangeable" weekly bingos-one in which we get a roll of quarters from Petty Cash (comes out of our Act. budget)and we divide the quarters according to how many are present, and quit when they are gone-quarter per bingo, two games of straight; one game of 4 corners, so everyone goes back with at least one quarter, and the cover-all game that pays $1. The other bingo is Little Debbies, life savers, fruits, small items that we find a good buy on, like multi-packs of lip balm, combs, or donated things, such as a $1 10-pack of pocket tissues we open up , so each prize only costs a dime, but they love their tissues! That runs around $15 a week. When we have our monthly "big" bingos, one is Residents' Rights, the other is when the Senior Center comes in, the 4-corners' prize is worth a dollar, and the other prizes are mini candy bars or the assorted cart. (Senior Bingo comes out of Marketing). Whenever we ask for suggestions, we go out and get $1 bottles of lotions, powder, shampoo that they ask for, but they always snatch up the $1 boxes of tissues first! I would like to try bingo bucks, but one night, when we didn't get the quarters because the office wasn't available, I gave the tokens-little plastic doves- and wrote down their names and how many they won. The next day when I gave out the quarters, one-third had lost their dove, another third forgot all about it, and the other third was waiting! I keep finding bingo chips in chairs, clothing, in their drawers- how do they keep their tokens long enough to save up to "buy" things in a "store"?

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 03:58 PM

I have tried it all
Bingo Bucks - to much work, I thought, plus the residents had a hard time keeping up with them.

Money - too costly

Dollar Store prizes - Too cheap looking - plus it feel it takes to much time and effort to get all that stuff!

Lastly - I just started give small stuff like a mini candy bar (or sugar free), cokes for the coke machine, and bags of chips. They could choose!

Switching on the resident will cause and uproar - but they will get over it. Something is better than nothing I think!

Karen :-D

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 07:00 AM

In our SNF we have bingo two times per week- Fruit Bingo (all fruit prizes obtained from dietary) and grand prize bingo which is a cart full of the standard bingo items i.e. small candy bars, 'costume' jewlery, beanie babies, seasonal decorative items. I have the habit of publishing a department wish list quarterly which lists items we need for group programming as well as bingo prize items. This has worked great for us.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:37 AM

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Hey!
Since our residents love Bingo, we have to do it even when it puts us ADs to sleep. We had been awarding nice prizes donated by family members, but our residents got really greedy. They started arguing and complaining and I decided to go a different route. I have decided to try the "Rolling Store" and award points for winnings they can cash in on at the end of the month. This seems to be something that they are looking forward to. To furnish our store, we are having a Bingo-a-thon in July. Each resident will raise money by getting pledges for number of games played. We will play Bingo during the 8 hour day. We can usually play 9 games in 30 minutes. Do the math. That's 18 games in a hour. 18 games x 6 hours=$108.00 That's big money, I know. Some families could not do that, but some would do it just to have their family member win. However at $.25 a game X 18=$4.50 x 6 hours of play time = $27.00. If 20 residents pledge $27.00, we could raise $540. Not bad for a day of Bingo and our store is furnished for a while! I'll let you know how it works!

Thanks,

Bonnie :-)

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 03:11 PM

Well right now we switch up, we use vienna sausages, 3 musketeers etc... for the first round and after you have won once you get "play" money to bank up unitl we play resident auction at the end of the month. (where there are bigger and better prizes) That way it encourages attendance so that whoever goes to bingo will have more money at the auction than the others. Incentive.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 04:09 PM

Thanks guys for all the suggestions... I have done the "bingo bucks" thing before, but had a problem, someone went to the store and got their own supply! ended up stamping ea one so we knew they were legit...geeze! Went to giving out tickets off of a roll... Did the bingo store thing, and was going great till one resident offered more tickets for a particular stuffed animal and it turned into a bingo auction! Actually was quite fun. But that was THOSE residents... mine here are too greedy to play along with an auction... Think I will go with the tickets/store thing. Actually today was resident council ummmm...excuse me...... "neighborhood association meeting" (gotta be culturally correct) and it was presented to them and got a favorable response..wooo hooo! Now we shall see once the REAL players who don't attend the meetings take it..

We got lot's of stuffed animals just donated, lap robes galore, will get case of snacks in the bags from cosco/sams, pastries, pens, pencils our arts n crafts, greeting cards, etc etc. Maybe even some ciggs for our smokers.. offer a free outing to a local resturant by entering their tickets in a giveaway...

Oh I hope this works I got a tough crowd....lol

Thanks again,
Kevin

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 01:15 PM

we use snacks and quarters. They love the snack grab bag. We fill it with cokes, pudding, cookies, chips....junk food. I try to get snacks that diabetics and special diets can have too. So far its been a hit here

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:01 PM

Well we use the Dollar Store for our prizes. I saw someone say the items at the Dollar Store are cheap looking...I don't know what Dollar Store you shop at, but the Dollar Store and the .99 Cent Store in the BAy Area has NICE stuff and not cheap looking. They have brand name items too. For our BINGO plays have to win 3 times at regular BINGO and then they get a prize and if they get Blackout they get a prize. We keep a tally on who wins and how many times and once they hit 3 times we start cashing them out. Our elders like picture frames, shower gel, purfume, sockes, purses. For the men we get socks, shaving gel, shower items. The majority of our participants live in their own homes so we also get dishes, plates, cups, bowls that have decoration on them. The onea that live in SNF's or Board in Cares like the shower gels and picture frames. We also have a BigLOts too that I go to sometimes to look for inexpensive items.

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 09:01 PM

:lol: Residents at my ALF have the choice of a mini candy bar or a "punch". The punch is a punch on a file card which has their name on it....after 10 punches they get a scratch-off lottery ticket. They cost a buck each.......I keep them in a file box alphabetically...VERY easy!

Also once a week we play "extreme" bingo which is the four cornors, x's, postage stamp etc. These games take longer....so fewer prizes handed out! :-D

Hope this is helpful.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:30 PM

We use to give quarters for bingo too but got costly. However they still have quarters once amonth but a group of ladies from the church comes and plays with them and they provide them. For about the last 3 years we have been giving tickets when you when you also get one for attending. we play other games throughout the month where hey get tickets also. i have a box with everybodys name in it and i file their tickets in their envelope after each game at the end of the month we have a auction I usually spend about 40 dollars are use donated items items are much nicer than regular bingo prizes. My resident usually try to compete with each other to see you can get the most tickets for the month. after the auction what tickets they do not use are no longer any good we start fresh every month. This works great at our facility.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 10:44 AM

I have tried it all
Bingo Bucks - to much work, I thought, plus the residents had a hard time keeping up with them.

Money - too costly

Dollar Store prizes - Too cheap looking - plus it feel it takes to much time and effort to get all that stuff!

Lastly - I just started give small stuff like a mini candy bar (or sugar free), cokes for the coke machine, and bags of chips. They could choose!

Switching on the resident will cause and uproar - but they will get over it. Something is better than nothing I think!

Karen :-D