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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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#26 Men Activities

Posted by Miguel on 11 March 2004 - 01:48 AM

Well what I do is build model airplanes and cars 1:1 with my male residents, you have to watch the glue, We also do wood working projects.

Other ideas include...
Sports Trivia
Mens Luncheon
Beer and Chips (check resident diet order)
Watch sports and discuss them.

Hope this helps.. ~`Miguel`~

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#22 Men Activities

Posted by gina on 10 March 2004 - 05:01 PM

Hi Rich,
Here are a few ideas for assisted living mens groups:
Blackjack Nite-
Poker nite-
Small Wood working projects
Car talk -get different car magazines and chat about the new cars vs. the old cars.
Golf- if possible install a small putting green on a portion of your outside area.
Horse shoes- if possible install a horse shoe ring outside or purchase an inside horseshoe game.
Basketball-get a swimming pool basketball hoop game,it works well indoors on the floor.
Horseracing-Get an old racing form from an old race and find out the winners and have residents place bets(with fake money) then payout fake money to the winners.
Bowling-Get a bowling set(pins and ball) and set at the end of a hallway in the facility,then have a men against women bowling game,from the other end of the hallway.
Shopping trip-Take the men out to Walmart or other store to get toletries and other private stuff.
Chess club-
Checkers club-
Exercise club-Get some small weights(2-5 lbs) and let men work out
Dominoes club-
Yahtzee Club-
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#2 General Posting Guide

Posted by actnet on 08 March 2004 - 07:51 PM

Press one of the mode buttons,
<span style='font-family:Times'>Font </span>
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Size</span>
<span style='color:red'>Color</span>
.. and a seperate window will display a text entry box to insert text. Enter your message and press OK. The["B"]Your Text["/B"] will be displayed in your message making the text between the bracketed B's Bold

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#1743 Trouble Areas

Posted by Margi on 09 January 2005 - 04:49 PM

Care Plans remain a mystery. I am not good at writing goals. I have bought all the books but they have not dealt with the problems of my residents. I definetly need a policy and procedure book. I need something to take to the Administrator because he does not have a clue of all the things an AD does.
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#15117 Need entertainers for Atlanta-Athens, GA area

Posted by Pennie on 25 May 2018 - 06:12 AM

Look at these guys, from the Facility Entertainers Listing for GA


One More Time .. a comedy review


Their Schedule looks like they will be in your area in May




Here are some of their comments...


  • "I've been in the business over ten years and this is THE most entertaining show I've seen." Carla Molina, Activities, Commonwealth Senior Living at the West End, Richmond, VA
  • "Your show today was GREAT! So many memories raced through my head -- thank you so much. Y'all come!" Ronnie Beasley, Resident, Veterans Victory House, Walterboro, SC
  • "You two totally exceeded my expectations.  You were amazing!  You will definitely be coming back." Pam Gossett, Activities Director, Brookdale Lake Wellington, Wichita Falls, TX
  • “We heard nothing but great comments, again.  Can’t wait to have you back in March.” Dave Engstrand, Activities, Southern Charm RV Resort, Zephyrhills, FL
  • “The audience loved this … delightful … adorable … great impressions and costumes!” Gwendolyn Walker, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre, Westminster College of Fine Arts at Rider University
  • "That was amazing!" Lisa Williams, Activities Director, Arbor House, Wichita Falls, TX
  • "I had residents coming up to me afterwards and saying, 'Why didn't you tell me there was gonna be a show show?  We're used to [entertainers] just getting up there and singing!" Tomm Wilson, Lifestyle Director, Brookdale Brandon, Brandon, MS


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#14949 high tea event

Posted by SinglikeBaber on 22 January 2018 - 09:41 PM

my residents enjoy having tea parties as well. We are actually having a Valentine's High Tea Party in February but this month we are having a Fancy Hot Chocolate Social where they can fancy up their hot chocolate with marshmallows, caramel, peppermint sticks, cinnamon, whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. I try to pair it with something sweet or salty such as apple tarts. We also enjoy dressing up and I will provide jewelry and hats to wear during the social. 

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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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#14333 Introduction

Posted by StaceyAllen on 29 August 2015 - 10:14 AM

Hey y'all! I'm Stacey Allen. I am currently taking the MEPAP1-060215 Class. I work as the Activity Director for an Assisted Living Facility here in North Carolina. I love my job!! I am finishing up the MEPAP1 course in September!! I'm very happy that i will be finished soon! I have enjoyed taking it and learning these new things!! I have worked as a CNA since July of 2006 when i graduated high school. I got the AD job in December of 2014. I love working as the AD. It was nice to have gotten to know all the residents while working with them as a CNA at the facility for so long then getting promoted and working with them in a different way!! 

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#14111 Hello, about to finish MEPAP1

Posted by lorig7 on 06 November 2014 - 08:09 PM

Hi my name is Lori.  I am finishing up the last few weeks of MEPAP1 started in Aug.  It is hectic but exciting and it will be nice too to have my evenings free, at least for a little while.  I am at least taking the holidays off.  Hope everyone else in my class is feeling as optimistic. L

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#14091 I need a sing -a- long book /dvd for younger participants

Posted by jnjsarauer on 05 October 2014 - 07:05 PM

I don't know of any dvd's available, but here are some songs to consider. We will all need to be updating our sing-a-long materials soon!


-King of the Road


-Green Green Grass of Home

-Blowin' in the Wind

-Turn, Turn, Turn

-Country Roads

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#13920 mepap1

Posted by angiemcentire on 27 November 2013 - 05:18 AM

I was told by someone in the office that mepap1 is the only class you need to meet state regulations is this true?

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#13900 activities for very low functioning patients

Posted by Workout on 31 October 2013 - 05:45 PM

Music is for everyone. Why not play some music, get a tamborine, bongo's, make shakers with them with paper plates and macaroni, even some spoons. Let them have fun. What do you think????  

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#11221 Wii:Resident and Staff activity!!!

Posted by kevinm on 28 May 2009 - 05:02 PM

Wii bowling is the hit here. We have a resident bowling team that competes with our other sister facilities.
Those who cannot play are our cheerleaders. We host one month, next month they do. All staff get involved, we have t-shirts made up, etc. Local paper picked up on it, had a story. It's all good!

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#11207 Wii:Resident and Staff activity!!!

Posted by kayla on 27 May 2009 - 05:29 PM

We have a Wii. The residents get so frustrated when they can't play a game right. They love to box. They cheer eachother on and really go at it.lol. I found a racing game and bought the steering wheel adapter, it wasn't bad. Also I rented a Carnival game once and it had several different games on it that the residents seemed to enjoy. Many of them just enjoy watching, because they aren't sure what to do. Either way, I guess all that matters is that they have fun.
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