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#15026 A trip down memory lane

Posted by tiffanylhenderson on 02 April 2018 - 02:14 PM

Hello, my name is Tiffany and I am from the MEPAP1-OWNPACE course. A great activity I've found works with my memory care residents stems from my lessons in creative writing. I had a teacher that asked us to imagine how different writing forms are when writing in the voice of a child, teenager or adult. To do this, we had to take a trip down memory lane and write or draw a outline of our neighborhood, the place we grew up and where we remembered most of our lives were spent. We had to think about how our house looked, smell, who were our neighbors, how the different seasons were, etc. I remembered this being an fun activity and decided to adapt it with my residents. I had them think back to when they were little and asked them to describe out loud what their neighborhood looked like and who was around. I t brought back so many fun memories for them and one gentleman even remarked upon seeing his brother being born in the house compared to hospitals today. There were stories of when they first met their husbands/wives and special traditions. It was a fun activity! Next time, I may get the more creative ones to try to draw out some buildings and label them.

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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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#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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#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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#7824 Looking for activities for clients to enjoy!

Posted by bma22251 on 04 May 2007 - 10:51 AM

I am a direct care staff for four men. I am looking for ideas for activities that would interest them and are inexpensive. If anyone has ideas for me please let me know. Open for any ideas.
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#5429 Care Plans and the New Regs

Posted by crystal on 29 August 2006 - 08:18 PM

Hi does any one have a form they want to share for interdisciplinary charting on things that other staff do with residents. We might be using a form if I can find one that suits our purpose.

Suzie in Iowa

:lol: Hey Activity Pals,
I use a form called an Activity Logs. This form my staff write down what they visit with the resident, What TV station they put on for the resident, & and so on. I let my staff & family know that this is a way for me & state know what the staff is doing with the resident and what the resident is doing. I have this form in every residents room. One for each resident. Each month I use this to help me chart what my residents are doing in their rooms and thru out the building. I hope this helps you out. I do not put these forms in the charts I have a folder I keep them in.
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#5200 New 248-249 Inspections?

Posted by kevinm on 01 August 2006 - 09:48 PM

Hi Guy's!
State survey last week... All just fine with Activities, tough though.
With the new way surveyors are looking at Act I was looking forward to it actually.. Much more observation in halls, and not the numbers actually attending, but how they got there. No one left behind.. Facility wide involvement. Aides were asked about activities, "which activity does Mr Jones enjoy?" Do they encourage attendance, participate in activities themselves? (wow). And believe it or not, all had the right answers!

Every under 55 resident was assessed and activity preferences reviewed

1:1's/in room activities of course, the documentation the key

Some things just kinda related to activities but pushed on to nursing, was communication with non english speaking residents, and the smoking policy. Activities I know will be called on to assist. I will start a different thread with those issues.

Anyway, unfortunately there were bigger fish to fry in my facility, so Activities I think really did not get the full brunt of an informed surveyor really doing some digging... But my facility is on alert! they know now what surveyors are looking for now.. I've been telling them, glad to see some change..

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#15263 Special Events

Posted by LIFIZGD on 11 February 2019 - 07:51 PM

At our community we are planning a Valentine's Day dinner for couples, family members and or friends. Earlier in the day we are having a a sing along with a music group that will consist of different love songs. 1ST thing in the morning all women will receive a carnation and the men will receive chocolates from the activities department.
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#14983 Allison Bennett has done it again! She's written a New CE Course - C...

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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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#14437 Hi Everyone!

Posted by Pennie on 26 February 2016 - 03:22 PM

Hello All

Best luck on your test, if you haven't already taken & passed them.

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#14213 Interviewing an Ombudsman

Posted by ChrissyBrockway on 25 April 2015 - 04:59 PM

Ask them what their idea of a perfect living situation for a resident in long term care would look like. Ask them how best to handle situations where you may need to encourage a resident to exercise their rights. Ask them how you can best advocate for your residents rights.


Hope these help!



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#14205 Interviewing an Ombudsman

Posted by mmetcalf on 21 April 2015 - 08:54 PM

Some questions you can ask is how they got started in advocating for residents- how they define Quality Of Life-and how  they have seen residents rights improve during their career... hope that helps 

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#14000 Rolling Movie cart

Posted by DanaC on 25 April 2014 - 09:25 AM

Just found out we're getting a giant projection screen donated for movie nights! This is going to be fantastic!

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#13982 new ad

Posted by Pennie on 15 April 2014 - 01:13 PM

Hi ladies. Welcome to th wonderful world of activities. As far as Easter Egg Hunt get as many volunteers as you can to help.

I had a hugh volunteer program when I ran activities & it made my job much easier but most improtantly the residents enjoy having other people to interact with.

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#13808 Bulletin Boards

Posted by kathyhughes on 14 May 2013 - 03:02 PM

I love getting bulletin board decorations from here: http://www.trendente...es.com/home.cfm you can also find them at Teacher Supply stores in your area. There are borders for all seasons and ideas!

Do a search for all sorts of themes


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#13807 Bulletin Boards

Posted by Pennie on 14 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

Lots of suggestions offered. The only thing I can add is try to decorate the boards with a theme that could be use for 2 months in a row. The facility I worked at had 4 boards to decorate monthly. When you have to remove the calendars & all of the decorations, then re-decorate them & put the new monthly calendar up takes alot of time. Don't forget you still have to remove & put new calendars up in every residents room. Well this can take up almost your whole day & you haven't done any activities yet! So when decorating your boards try to keep this in mind.
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#11868 Activity Idea for Small Groups & Room Visits (printable)

Posted by activitydirectorproducts on 05 November 2009 - 01:49 PM

Here is another Idea for Small Groups or Room Visits. Please post your ideas too. I like to print out the ideas and keep them in sheet protectors that are held in a 3 ring binder. This way I have everything that I need at my fingertips. It saves me so much time. I use my activity cart and have it stocked with many supplies. I also want for my cart to attract attention and look good. This kind of advertises my programming for me. I use my cart for all small groups and for all room visits. I have found that I can tailor almost any small group activity into a room visit activity.


Supplies needed: Antique Item/s

Have one or more antiques to talk about during this activity. You will find that even with only one antique, you will easily carry on a good conversation. One question leads to another and another. You can always bring another antique for back up if the conversation gets slow. Also, if you do not know much about how something was used, it is wise to look it up online to get plenty of information in case you are the only person that wants to talk on that particular day. Antique examples:

Have an old washboard. Talk about how it was used. Did they was everyday or just once a week? Did it get the clothes clean? What type of soap did they use?

Bring an old coffee grinder. Talk about the uses. Where did people buy their coffee? What about during the depression? Was it ever hard to get coffee? Why? Do they remember the first time that they tried coffee as a child? What was that like?

Show old aprons. Display the different patterns. When did women use aprons? Was there a difference in the type of aprons that they wore? Did it really help to protect their clothes? Did they make their own aprons or buy them?

Butter molds. Did their mother make butter from fresh cream? Do they miss homemade butter? Did they have their own cow or purchase the cream to make butter?

Old black telephone. Feel how heavy the phone is compared to newer models. Do they remember the party lines? Do they remember their first telephone number?

This activity will stir some memories. You never know where you will end up with these reminiscing conversations. Listen to the resident. You will find many more questions to ask by using your resident as your guide.
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