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  1. Hi, what are you all planning for volunteer Appreciation night? Linda
  2. Hi, we are in transit for awhile now with the high level of care for our residents. Many are not able to participate in large group programs due to their health. We are finding we are programming for smaller groups and 1-1 interaction. Many of our program times has been changed in the afternoon and evening due to afternoon naps and needing to go to bed earlier with the increased heavy care needs. We are going more to their units to do programs as there is so much portering to bring them to a central location and we don't receive alot of help portering from other disciplines.:-( Seems like the new residents who are being admitted are all heavy care with mutiple health issues. Alot of dementia and mental illness. Our entertainment still has a good attendance and we do do that in cenral locations. How are programs going in your facilties? Love to here from you :-) Linda
  3. Hi, we went through so many forms over the years Now we use our monthly calendar and put each residents name on a calendar. We have all our programs on the cal and I add a 1-1 spot on each day to record 1-1's. We just highlight each program that they attend. Much easier to eye ball at the end of the month which programs each resident comes to. Every three months we tally all the programs in the past three months and how many times they attended each program. It sure is an eye opener on what residents slip between the cracks. Overall this process is less time consuming than alot we tried over the years and you can see at a glance who is getting missed. Hope this helps Linda :-)
  4. :hammer: Hi everyone, does anyone have some ideas for a western theme? Love to hear from you. Thanks Linda
  5. Diana, I will include your friends family in my prayers. You must surely be heart broken. Take care and God's blessings Linda
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    :-) Hi, I use Microsoft Publisher software and love it. I print it out on a normal sheet and then use the photocopier to blow it up on a 11x17 sheet. I have been using it forever. Easy to use and has temps to do newsletters etc. Linda
  7. Hi, we make scented Koolaid play dough and use cookie cutters. the scented dough is wonderful and is very soft and easy to shape. We do manicures, sensoryprograms like feeling different tectures of cloth and reminiscing. We show old DVD's like Lucy, Little House on the Prairies. We bake , they do the mixing and we control the oven. We have a meal group right on the unit where they get to smell the food cooking. We have a snoezelen room for 1-1. We play color bingo, go for walks, have teas. I am in the process of purchasing special games that go on the walls for those residents who walk up and down the halls all day, a place where they can stop and fiddle with these walls games. We use real life babies with some of our residents, they really work for some. music works well, whether it is played on guitar or piano or the old songs played on a tape. We are going to put up a wall of old hats and some drawers where they can fiddle with safe items. The Nasco catologue.. is a wondeful resourse book for 1-1 tools. Hope this helps Linda
  8. Microwave Butter Toffee Sprinkle 1/2 c sliced almonds in a 9 inch circle on very lightly sprayed baking sheet. Rub the inside top 2 inches of a glass bowl with butter. Place 1/2 c butter in the bowl. Pour 1 c sugar onto the butter, being careful not to get the sugar on the sides of the bowl. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 c water. But DO NOT STIR! Microwave on high for 8-10 min or until it is the color of light brown sugar. Pour over almonds. Top with 4 oz milk chocolate chips. When cool, break into pieces. _______________________________________ s'more brownies This recipe is embarrassingly easy (and deeelicious)- in fact, it's barely even a recipe. It came with something I bought from Pampered Chef. Here's what you do: bake some brownies cook 5 minutes less than the recipe (box) says take the brownies out of the oven, and cover the top of them with: crumbled graham crackers crumbled hershey bars mini marshmallows (this is all to taste, of course... I use a lot of all three!) mush everything down a bit into the tops of the brownies and return the pan to the oven. Cook 5-7 more minutes, just enough time for the chocolate bars to melt and the mallows to brown a bit. Pull 'em out and eat! Orange S'More Tart Ingredients 2 cups graham-cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1/3 cup orange marmalade 3/4 cup heavy or whipping cream 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares, chopped 2 tablespoons orange liqueur 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional) 1 jar (7-1/2 oz.) marshmallow cream or 1 package marshmallows Chocolate-covered graham crackers or chocolate graham-cracker pieces Candied orange peel, for garnish Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Combine graham-cracker crumbs, melted butter and marmalade in a medium bowl. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool. 2. In a small saucepan, heat cream on low heat until almost simmering. Whisk in chocolate, liqueur and orange zest until smooth. Let mixture cool slightly. Pour cooled mixture into graham-cracker crust. Gently tap bottom of pan on counter to settle mixture evenly. Cover and chill for 2 hours or overnight. 3. To serve, dollop marshmallow cream over top. (If using marshmallows, place on a nonstick cookie sheet and heat in oven until tops just begin to brown. Remove from oven and arrange as desired over tart.) Top with chocolate-covered graham crackers and sprinkle on orange peel. Makes 12 to 14 servings. Note: If you are adverse to using orange liqueur, either leave it out or substitute frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed). Dreamsicle Mousse 1 box sugar free orange jello 1 bx sugar free white chocolate instant pudding 1 small can of Mandarin oranges ( drained ) 1 8 oz. tub of fat free cool whip Dissolve jello in 1 cup of hot water. Add 1 cup of cold and stir well and let sit about 5 minutes. Beat the pudding ( dry ) into the jello with the mixer, until well blended. Add the mandarin oranges and fold in the cool whip. Chill several hours before serving.
  9. Hi, fresh from our volunteer appreciation evening tonite. It was a wonderful evening. We had 125 volunteers. residents made party favors of lifesavors with a label that said you are a life savor and scrolls that had the starfish poem and a plastic wine cup that was filled with party mix we all made. Very resident focused. One of our residents is a wonderful poetry writer. She wrote a fantastic poem and included many of the jobs vols do and added some humor. All the residents sang a chorus tog while I played the guitar. Our red hat ladys dressed in their hats and scarfs and took turns reading the verses of the poem when I am old I shall wear purple. We picked one group to salute and 10 vols who began in the 1980's and read a bio on them. gave a plaque, certificate and rose. We had 18 door prizes. All the decorations had to do with sea shells. Candles, nets, colors of table clothes were all seashell themed. The dietary dept went all out with hot and cold foods, and the finiest dessert table you ever seen. It was a busy and tiresome day but a very rewarding day. The party was 6:30 to 10. Man do my feet hurt lol Gotta run, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Happy Spring Linda
  10. Hi looking for ideas in decorating, foods and party favors to tie in with this poem. I am using this poem as my theme for volunteer recognition evening. Thanks Linda Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said- "It made a difference for that one."
  11. :-) Does anyone follow the concept of Gentle Care? Moyra Jones wrote a book on Gentle Care which is used for the Dementia population Would like to hear from you if your facility has adopted this concept. Linda
  12. :hammer: Hi, I am looking for ideas that our residents can make for a party favor for our volunteers for volunteer week in April. Anyone have some they would like to share. Thanks Linda
  13. Thanks Gina, we can always count on you with your wonderful ideas. Merry Christmas Linda ;-)
  14. Hi Rhonda, I am from Nova Scotia Canada. Love to chat to you. Linda :hammer:
  15. Hi wondering what type of programs you offer to your assisted living clients? I have all nursing care/long term care residents now but we are building some assisted liing units and I am asked to offer programs for this special population. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Linda :pint:
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