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  1. I have a funny story to tell about the movies. Our residents LOVE to go to the show for an outing and we go at least 2x monthly...usually its the same group with only one or two resident variations each time (and we have a sign up sheet!) We do arrive early and get settled and are usually the first there to pick our seats with wheelchairs in front. One day during our visit to the local cinema...it was a crowded day as the show had a huge turnout. The show started with previews and got quite loud and then suddenly quieted down just as one of our residents was shouting and asking "COULD YOU
  2. Our facility also attempted to start up a Family Council with the Ombudsman's assistance. The Ombudsman actually came in to help for the first few sessions (months) and we had very little response from families! We sent reminders home via mail and followed up with a phone call close to the date when we got minimal RSVP response and we had flyers up around the facility. Still, no response. I guess I have to say I was pretty surprised as most of our families are local and in the same area as the nursing home itself is. But.....who knows. At least we tried.
  3. Thank you all. These were great ideas. I am going to get busy with some of the suggestions. Every day I thank GOD for this site!
  4. THank you for responding....actually, NO the kitchen helps with nothing. They say they cannot afford it with their budget as well. In fact, last Christmas they had a fit because they had to prepare the food items we bought for our Christmas party. I am doing my best to team build but it seems the reason the girls dont bake, they say, is because they dont make enough money to buy for the bake sale. That's why I bought the ingredients for them. Not only that, when we have outings, we are expected to pay our own way. none of my dept. wants to attend because they say they just cannot afford i
  5. Please help. We are no longer receiving an activity fund. IS it legal for a Nursing Home owner to not give any money to the activity department? Ocassionally, we get money from the Vendors. But, I have had to cancel most of our food-related programs for this month because we did not receive any money! We owe the residents money from games they have played. We did get a small allowance monthly but never steady and never dependable. I have tried fundraising and we did a chilidog sale and no one wanted to buy the chilidogs because they get a lunch from the kitchen for $1. We broke even! We
  6. I like ActivityConnection.com. However, it's 14.95 per month. If your budget allows for it..it's a good site. Our budget does not so I pay for it myself...but it's a great resource.
  7. Hi Everyone! Recently, a Medical School telephoned me and said they wanted to "get involved" in the Nursing Home. Boy, did we put them to work! So far, they have given support groups to our families (Taking Care of Your Heart...during February...and Coping with Depression During the Holidays during November...they also have their own group for Minorities....and a group of Spanish speaking students are now meeting with our Spanish speaking residents on Mondays to do a Spanish Club...Everyone loves it! We also get kids coming in from the high schools too. I like to have them play
  8. What's Everyone Doing for Nursing Home Week? Any good ideas? We have ours planned but always looking for ideas for NEXT year!
  9. Thanks Crysty! I agree...so many areas are "grey"....there's only SO many Activity staff...we're spread so thin....and my girls would be devastated if something happened to a resident because they couldn't get to them fast enough. How can you do an exercise program when you're constantly running over to assist a sliding or falling resident?!?! As far as the calendars...if ANYONE knows....I mean, we do have "representation" on all careplans and Social Service adds us as an approach as well. HELP :-o
  10. Surveyors are in our facility now. They came in at 3:30pm on a Sunday and Actys was a SKELETON CREW! During survey they seemed to really focus on RESTRAINTS during programs. We have a few residents with lap belts but if we weren't using them it's possible these particular residents would lean forward in a split second and fall right out of their chairs or slide down. My assistants KNOW to take the belts off during 1:1's but I worry about groups!!? What do you all think? When you have 1 girl doing a large group, wouldn't you rather have a lap belt on and avoid a FALL? Also, let me
  11. I am sorry to hear of your situation. Administration does not pay for my access to the site either. I pay and out of my own pocket. The way I look at it is it provides peace of mind for me, it reduces the amount of time I need spending planning for programs, it's creative and fun...It is a shame that facilities are so unwilling to pay for these things...but if you can afford it, it's worth it. OR...put a "Wish List" in your newsletter. That might be something a family member or organization (if you provide a copy of your newsletter to your community) might be willing to donate. It's wo
  12. I worked in a Nursing Home that had a similar situation to yours. However, there were CNA's/Social Service Assistants/Psychosocial Aides who also smoked. They jumped at the chance of monitoring smoke breaks. We had a room at the end of the first floor hall and the staff who also smoked took their smoke breaks in there as well. So, the only time we had to actually GET someone to monitor.....was when no one else was in there! And, that's when the smokers jumped at the chance! But every two hours is a bit much!
  13. Hi Pat! I would have thought that it might actually be BEST for the residents to have an older Activity Director. Sometimes, there is a huge generation/maturity gap between the residents and young staff. In our home, some of the staff seem to think that the residents would enjoy New Age type music and Slow top hits. They really don't! They (residents) dont REMEMBER this music and cannot identify with it. But turn on OLD BLUE EYES and LOOK OUT! I would think the older the Activity Director or Events Planner..the better (within reason :-) ) Good Luck!
  14. I'm not sure where to begin. I have the MOST difficult time EVER raising money for our activity fund..Before I started, I was told we had a budget of $260.00 per month. When I started it was $100 per month. This was tough, but I worked with it. I held Bake Sales and Hotdog chili luncheons and contests and a Bingo split to supplement our budget's income. Well, one of the other department heads noticed that I was pretty overworked and kindly offered to help out. She made the Bingo cards and passed them out and collected money and then split the money between the winner and the Activity fun
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