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  1. 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!!
    4 points
  2. 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 remembe
    3 points
  3. 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 -Miguel
    3 points
  4. Here is an industrious undertaking.. UnityPoint Healthcare has provide a website with details for making a new modular mask, The Olson, named after 1930's legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson. The Mask was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against COVID19 St Lukes Hospitals are in short supply of masks. UnityPoint Health has provided downloadable patterns, YouTube Videos, and complete instructions on how to Sew, Package and Send completed Masks to the St. Lukes Hospitals. ---------------- https://www.uni
    2 points
  5. Hey All.. here is a unique way to get a scheduled Sing-A-Long activity on the calendar. Rob Crozier from Michigan, is a Sing-a-long entertainer in Senior care. He has put a demo of his program up on youtube. Schedule a Hallway Sing-A-Long for each afternoon at 3: I love it, Let me know what you think and contact Rob for more info on his program. We need a few days of song.. He seems like a hard working creative guy, Activity Director material... thanks Pennie ROB CROZIER ( ROBCROZIER123@GMAIL.COM ) Website - Youtube Channel Hello, I am an Ann Arbor, MI music professional with
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  6. 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!!
    2 points
  7. 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. Joelle
    2 points
  8. Hi. 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,
    2 points
  9. Hi Kavita NY would anyone like to join me for a discussion /chat for upcoming events . Saturday March 28th at 1.00 pm. Thanks you
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  10. At my facility we provide three different socials for our residents each month, the first is happy hour which all of our residents participate in, the next one is our woman's social for the lady's only, and our men's breakfast club for the gentlemen. I chose our men's breakfast club because it is very much different then any of our social programs we provide for our residents, for happy hour our dining services provide food and refreshments for our residents and this takes place in the main dining room, for our woman's social our dining services also provides food and refreshments this takes p
    1 point
  11. That sounds like a fun activity spankylee99! I love that the surrounding neighborhood is a part of it too! I hope that you will be able to do it this year. We had a Mardi Gras Pet Parade down the halls of the assisted living community where I volunteer. An animal rescue group conducted the parade. The dogs were dressed in cute Mardi Gras outfits. The residents wore colorful beads, feather boas and Mardi Gras masques. After the dogs strutted their stuff, the residents had a little party and ate King Cake. This happened about two weeks before the facility had to stop allowing visitors in due to
    1 point
  12. I think your Men's Breakfast club is really unique! I love it! I am a Memory Care Specialist and I love the idea of coming up with activities for the guys its quite a challenge sometimes. I would love to create a Memory Care Guys club for the men in my Memory Care. I think its a challenge that hasn't quit have been meet yet. I think things like this and little jobs or tasks they had would be great for them. I haven't tried it yet but i would like to create busy boards with a wrench and nuts and bolts, and a game where they can hammer the "nails" using a rubber mallet and golf tees.
    1 point
  13. Fabric Glue.. is amazing.. back in the day, the craft shows were dominated by redesigned sweatshirts, flipped-over blue jean vest and flip-flops with every imaginable trinket glued to it. Fabric Glue would take the beating of washing and wearing.. Aleenes Fabric Glue , I used Gorilla Glue on several things and I think it would work good also.
    1 point
  14. That is a great idea to involve the families, but what about for the residents? Have an Easter Egg Hunt for them as well! I've been kicking that idea around vs. having a nice family dinner. I will make Easter Baskets for all of my 50 residents and fill them with goodies, word puzzles, etc. For Mother's Day I am working with a local spa in our town to see about doing facials for the women and their daughters (if possible). Something a little extra special - other than a nice tea that the previous AD had prepared.
    1 point
  15. I love the idea of having an Easter egg hunt with families and having a bunny. I’m going to have a meeting with my team to see what we can do.
    1 point
  16. Hi my name is Tina Baisley ME1-110618. We are planning a Birthday party for 5 of our residents who turned 100 years old this year. We are having clergy, the Mayor and administration speaking. We wrote the president for letters. We are having cake champagne, flowers and music. The residents family are invited.
    1 point
  17. HI, MY NAME IS LISA STARR AND I NEED SOEMONE TO CHAT WITH FOR MY FINAL PRACTICUM. I WORK AT A SKILLED FACILITY AND I HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 9 MONTHS. I ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT NEW IDEAS AND ABOUT EASY CRAFT IDEAS . ANY SUGGESTIONS??
    1 point
  18. 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.
    1 point
  19. JessBelta I cant find the exact format, but I hope this helps http://www.legacyproject.org/activities/lifestory.html
    1 point
  20. my name is Maria and I'm from Texas.
    1 point
  21. 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.
    1 point
  22. Hello my name is Patricia Fuller from Paris,Texas and I will be taking my finals Monday June 24th
    1 point
  23. Hey 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
    1 point
  24. 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 g
    1 point
  25. 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 res
    1 point
  26. My name is LaYvonne Jones and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I have worked in LTC as a CNA for over 25 years and now I'm so excited to become a Activities Director. When I started this journey I had been in activities assist for 4 years. I love what I do . I'm proud of my self for taking this course on line it has been a really challenge for me . Reason is cause I always been hands on person . This is who I am.....
    1 point
  27. Hi Kathy Meehan, we meet on occasions in the chat room from MEPAP1. I am Nina Jacobs, live in Delray Beach Florida and work as " Enrichment Coordinator" in an ILF. I am looking actively for a different job as mine is a dead end and working for my corporation is not fun! I am working in this field for almost 11 years now - hard to believe! - time flies when you are having fun and raising a kid! I am looking forward of getting more information on all the other places one can work and I know once you move into assisted living and on there is a lot of paperwork to be done! Almost done with MEPAP
    1 point
  28. hello everyone, i am from linden Michigan. (cold right now with 17 inches of snow) we have a 60 bed nursing home. i have been an activity aid for over 5 years and now taking the roll of the director. currently in MEPAP 1. They keep me very busy! Being the director makes me really miss all the time I got to spend with the residents before. I have found I don't get as much time to be with them. My family keeps me busy too, with 4 girls under the age of 20. I also like to do horseback riding in my free time. we do a lot of camping in the summers. Happy to meet everyone here and love all the idea
    1 point
  29. Hello All Best luck on your test, if you haven't already taken & passed them.
    1 point
  30. Hello everyone My name is Frank Rasberry and I am currently taking the MEPAP1 class with Kathy Hughes. I am doing my Final Practicum and hope to be finished with the course sometime next month. I'm hoping to set up a chat to discuss an upcoming activity that is being planned. We are having a fall festival in October and could use some ideas.
    1 point
  31. Hi, My name is Lisa and I work as Activity Assistant at a skilled nursing facility in North Carolina. I posted to two threads here about men's activities, and about lower cognitive activities. I see a few classmates of mine from MEPAP1 have been wanting to chat as part of our final practicum. I am going to go on our class forum and try to set something up, in case others want to join in too.
    1 point
  32. Hi, I currently work as a CNA, but when we have our meetings it seems like they are making sure that residents that are in the room are being visited by the staff especially if they don't participate in group activities; they should have 1:1 visits. Also, they make sure that you're following your calendar and that all music and items used are AGE APPROPRIATE. Also, charting is very important, they make sure that goals are being met and residents are provided with individualized activities for their care, if needed.
    1 point
  33. One thing we do at our facility is we by candy bars, soda and chips and different kinds of snack and we sell them to the resident and staff and family members and let the resident volunteer to run it. If you are a crafty person you can make wreaths and also sell them.
    1 point
  34. Hello Everyone! My name is Jenny I am from Wisconsin. I am the Life Enrichment Director at Oakwood Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation. We are a 86 bed, 5 star facility! I am just finishing up my MEPAP Course 1! It has been very interesting and I have learned so much and feel I have so much more to learn! I am looking forward to starting MEPAP2 soon. It has been great meeting other Activity Directors and sharing great ideas!
    1 point
  35. Do 50/50 and auction! great way to involve resident's ask them to do arts and crafts and auction them at the end of the month. Invite the families and staff to participate. that will raise a lot of moneu.
    1 point
  36. Hi all! My name is Amanda and I am a brand new AD at a 80 bed long term care facility in Ia. I'm very excited and looking to "spice up" our activity dept. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :-)
    1 point
  37. Just found out we're getting a giant projection screen donated for movie nights! This is going to be fantastic!
    1 point
  38. http://agileaging.org/store/ Check out this ladies store. She has great things that I think would be useful for activities. One of the one's I like is the "Games for Grandparents!"
    1 point
  39. 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.
    1 point
  40. hi all i hope this is what i had to do for mepa-1 because this is all that i found but dont see any new posts here. My name is jamie and im currently an activity assistant at a long term care facility in ohio. We do our activity boards by a screen that is updated weekly and prn that shows u tube vidoes and show cases the daily menue and show the weather along with the daily activities.
    1 point
  41. Hi, If you are doing one on one or have a small group, I highly recommend using "finish the song" in memorystreets books.... even when residents are sitting with eyes closed they still can be involved...If you can sing the start of the song...even better....music is the best icebreaker. They won't want you to stop. Check out website at www.memorystreets.com for some printable samples or send your fax# or email address to kimandjim9@comcast.net and I will send you some sample pages of finish the song to try for free....just remind me you want "finish the song" questions. You won't be disappoint
    1 point
  42. Hi, I am just finishing up. I learned a lot in this class and you will too. I adapted many programs and methods for my facility from the class projects and assignments. Good Luck! Johnna
    1 point
  43. The absolute best thing I can offer, and it might sound so simple and silly, is to blow up a balloon (sometimes a larger punching type balloon is better due to size) and hang it from a string down from the ceiling in an activity room or day room. Whether you choose to sit the residents in a circle around it or simply leave it hanging for them to play with at their own leisure, trust me, you will be amazed at who actually participates. I have residents at my facility who barely move their hands or feet for anything but they will sit for many times over an hour and hit the balloon back and for
    1 point
  44. For one of my 1:1's I usually go and paint her nails and she loves it. Everyone else says this lady is so mean and grumpy, but she is the sweetest little lady. She is always in a lot of pain and by painting her nails, it brightens her day and magicially the pain goes away from the short time I visit. I guess it's how you approach the residents, but this lady loves me because I take time out of my day to visit. She always can't wait for me to come back again. I have also let her try different cents of lotions and she liked that too.
    1 point
  45. 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! Kevin
    1 point
  46. We had a Wii Tournament with kids from the local elementary school today. It was really lively and noisy but worth it! The kids were split into teams, playing the Big Brain Academy Mind Sprint, and one kid would hold the remote while the others called out answers. The residents really weren't quick enough to answer along with them, but they really enjoyed seeing the kids having so much fun!
    1 point
  47. Be sure that you document in your Resident Council mins. why you have bingo 3 or more times a week. This way when state comes in you are covered. -- What I mean is that when I tried to cut back on bingo @ at facility (that had it often) the residents get very upset. This was voiced very loudly to me. When state came in they wanted to know why so much bingo etc. I showed them the Resident Council mins & avoided a lot of problems, since it was in the mins & it was a demand/request by the residents. Truth be told the residents would play bingo everyday of the week if I would allow it! It
    1 point
  48. 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 t
    1 point
  49. There is a magazine out there called: "A New Day" by Gary Grimm & Associates & I have gotten bulletin board borders through this company. I don't know if they are on the web, but the toll free number for a catalog is: 1-800-442-1614. Give that a try.
    1 point
  50. :hammer: At my assisted living home, the men are out numbered 6 to 1. I have scheduled men's breakfast for them once a month. Find a male volunteer that would enjoy a men’s discussion group. Home depot has very inexpensive craft projects it uses for the kids workshop. They are very nice and the male residents really enjoy the hands on. I am always looking for other ideas as well please keep them coming.
    1 point
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