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  1. Alzheimer's Activities I try to incorporate themes throughout the day! Wednesday's Pet Edition educational newsletter - Animal Craft - Animal Cookies - Animal Sequencing using colored rubber animals that you can stack. I to would love to see your calendars. Good Luck! Jenny Livingston Activity Coordinator jll@usa.com
  2. HOT! I live in California Things this time of year start getting HOT! HOT! HOT! ! I am now trying to come up with ways to beat the heat! We will start With a Christmas in July. Move on to the Penguin Races. Have a contest who can make frozen pudding the fastest. I was also think of doing something with the Ice Age. Ice Age the movie with Virgin Mint Julius or Virgin Strawberry Decries. Maybe turn the courtyard or a room into a Winter Wonderland. It has to be a room because I use the Courtyard for the shipwreck social and Movie Event. What would you do to Chill Out and Beat The
  3. Have you tried to using a Gurdy Ball (good sensory balls various shapes and sizes) or a waited beach ball? Punching balloons are always great for a laugh I also use them to play Sporting Trivia Played to various kinds of music. I give our Guest a chance to choose the music and sometimes we will incorporate it into a sing-a-long. We pause the DVD and try to finish the song. Good Luck! Jenny Livingston Activity Coordinator jll@usa.com
  4. I am currently planning a Summer Olympic event using the Wii along with our other regular events. We are adding Wii Bowling to the compaction schedule as well as Olympic tennis. How would you use the Wii for Summer Games? Thank you, Jenny Livingston Activity Coordinator jll@usa.com
  5. Things always change we just need to grow with them each facility has its own needs you need to survey your guest and see what they are interested in doing. It is after all centered on their wants and needs. Art and Craft is wonderful especially if you can do a craft cart you can get great response with how to draw events. Good Luck! Jenny Livingston Activity Coordinator jll@usa.com
  6. NEW TRUBLES AT WORK It is very sad when your administrator just doesn't get what activities means to people. At my facility one on ones are being canceled. I am going to be going to a swing shift which is fine with me except I'm told it is for only one group. The fall risk group. My heart is breaking at all the ones left alone during the day. Any suggestions? Jenny Livingston Activity Coordinator jll@usa.com
  7. Here are a few ideas the last two are my fav. 1. Recreation where the fun is at! 2. Recreation - productive 3. Recreation specialist for special people 4. Recreation Raising spirits 5. Recreation brings quality to life 6. Essential Recreation Have you tried a Facility wide contest to see if one of your guest, families or staff can come up with something they think descries your dept. You can have a reception where the winner gets named and gets the honor of passing out the shirts. The opportunity to turn this in to several events / activities is very real.
  8. Your right who has not made a goof or two, however sometimes we can use these goofs to our favor. My facility is obsessed with spelling and grammar. I have dyslexia a learning disability, to bad for them. A goof on the smaller things like calendars and newsletters can be turned into an Activity for the higher function client. Just today I placed instructions on the Game Room T.V. and Universal Remote at the station asking the staff "Can you find all the Boo-Boo's?" I know they will read it if not for the words Boo-Boo than just to see who can find the most mistakes. Oh my! Now they can us
  9. Gentlemen's Group Pop n' Popcorn with sports of their choice Pizza N' Non Alcoholic Beer with movie of their choice Cold Non Alcoholic Beer outside in the courtyard with pretzels Outing: Drive to the park stop at fast food joint for milkshakes bring lunch. Starbucks Coffee and treat in courtyard, park, with special newspapers not normally available. I have done can you name this part trivia 1-1 and newsletters on toy trains, planes, cars ect. I ask them what they want and if it's possible I will try to make it happen. Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com
  10. Have you tried to make Jell-O? Water and a bottle to shake it in. Dollar Tree has containers with lids. You can have a group shake up their own instant juice or cocktail. Good fun and affordable. I buy the sugar free drink mixes at Target or Wal-Mart. After juice is mixed add soda and ice for cocktails. Don't forget the music swingers and singers or golden oldies. Will help you keep everyone hydrated as well. Enjoy! Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com
  11. Look at Room Visits Cart Pitchers for my Cart Ideas. Room to Room Socials work as well Coffee Cart this is Cup of Joe The Go, Tea Trolley, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Sandwich, Root Beer Floats, Peaches N' Cream and my own very own Mixed Drinks. So much fun and gets everyone involved. Especially wonderful on the weekends it lessens the stress on our clients as they will not have to worry about entertaining their visitors. It will also help. I include trivia and inspirational quotes. Copy sheets and cut them into strips they can be used like fortune cookie great fun for all and provides a
  12. My carts are ever evolving and changing to fit the needs of our current cliental. Most of the people who come in to my facility are self-directed. These individuals are able to choose where they want to be and when. They come with laptops and iPods and many other fun items that provide entertainment. I asked for and got WI-FI and three laptops. Most do not want to go to Activities some events yes, But not Activities. I have set up different carts like Craft Cart, Sensory Cart, How to Draw, Games Puzzles, all one on one or 1-2. Depending who is in the room and wants to take part. I'm i
  13. In my facility I hate mail because there is always someone different all the time doing it. This means that I get mail for people whom have not been here for years. Or have never been there to begin with. Do you know how long it takes to put return to sender and cross everything. The one thing I did get that has helped is one of those A-Z organizer it is a flat one peace office collator with both the alphabetical and numbers. I put everything in there and just deliver on station at a time this has been a great time saving method. Good Luck! Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com
  14. To: Sgegner From: Jenny Livingston - jll@usa.com Re: Have you added a prop box? A prop box works like a thresher chest if you have items you can rotate. You can even give this honor to one of your clients. 1. Sauce pan 2. A Hat 3. A plastic bottle 4. Fake Flowers 5. Scarf 6. Shawl 7. Very small blanket 8. Extra large pencil (easy to see) Be creative. Have you asked what would you like to see in a prop box? (I like things that can be easily kept clean!) Your clients could have some great ideas. Crafters may want to try to make some simple one
  15. Rainy Day Blues By Jenny Livingston Rain Day can make play a little challenging however you can make it fun using the like Weather Bingo cards you can use words across the top like C L O U D. You can also use just pitcher’s you can only cover one weather for each day, so if it’s sunny cover one sun next day it rains cover the rain. I used a twister for the free space. As I live in California and That is unlikely weather. You can post it on a board in the facility and each of your clients can have a card in their room. Make the rules and post them right on the same board. This
  16. Drama Darling That's The Ticket By Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com Our guest are all different and there are lots of dynamics that come in to play here. Our toughest job is to combine all of these steadfast personalities in a fun and engaging manner. Time of day may be an Issue. If you use a room where guest dine be sure you schedule and intermission. As host you can state "Stay tuned after this brief intermission we will be Continuing your regularly scheduled program ________ in the ________Room. Please join the fun. " This will lead to everyone talking it up with anticipat
  17. In my faclity most of our guest are self directed. One on One is the most pouplar group I have. You Name it I do it in the comfort of their room. Planting, Panting, How To Draw, ect. I even help on laptops one on one. I let them tell me what they want on the cal. I have more people take part in activities this way. It also gives them back some control over the enviorment they find them selves in. A choice sometimes is the most important thing you can offer to someone. You never know what someone might like may just be the best activity you ever had. Jenny Livingston Activities jl
  18. Fablous

    Earth Day

    In my faclity we are planting for the community. In this is a positive program that allows our guest to give back to their community one that they have been a part of for a lifetime. I have found places that are taking our seedlings and growing gardens to help feed the people in our comunnity. We were going to donate to our local food bank however we would have had to give names of particepants and this is a direct violation of HIPA. One of the places is a doctors office. It is cared for and whomever needs it can just help themselves. For earth day I have made a puzzle that ask them howma
  19. Evening Activities depend on the type of poupluation you currently have. An active and alert group might like a Triva Treat with a meal or maby even if you try making your own Tabletop Tidbits. This will be both stimulating for comversation and the mind (congnitive). You can have a group trivia treasher hunt game. Your imagination is the limit. A sensory group might benifit from a medetition hour. Before a meal is a great time for an aroma therpy group. Have you tried a reading group right at their dining table be shure to make eye contact? If possible ask what they would like to do.
  20. How about a newletter trade I wright several a month and would like to cut that time down by shairing with other faclities and this could be good to see what happening in other communities what your intrest are. Do your guest give you topics? Have you ever tried The Armed Services hospitals that are here state side. The letters could be shaired with others whom might relate to whats happening to them. This way it is less likely that someone might be killed in active duity. The turn over in the hospitals should be ever changing giving ample opertunity to wright lots of our fighting men an
  21. Happpppy Happppy Hourrr! Yes, indead I love our non-alcholic happy hour. It makes everyone happy and smile as it is a normal part of their past to have a fun bevrage. I use this activitie combined with live music and turn it in to a holiday celebration. Sporting events are enhanced with it. I work at a SNIF and if our guest want to have real alchole to drink they with out a dought need to have a doctors order or no achole. For instance on an outting we went to Apple Bees and one of our guest tried to order an acholic beverage and felling terable I had to say we can not do that because yo
  22. Have you tried having her go into training for voluntering. Depending on her level of functing and understanding this will give her purpose. Making her situation more bearable giving her the chance to become more accepting of her new circumstance and still feeling useful. I always try to bring peace and acceptiance that heals the heart, some times we get the chance to work with many hearts. Sometimes it is an unseen ripple effect encompassing the lives she touches. They are the angles and we are their wings. There to lend support whenever the wind is rough. Good Luck and God Bless!
  23. Bingo prises are fun at times hae you tried grage salse for items. Have you tried making them double the bang for your buck. My facility has not had bingo prises for years however there are special ociagtions that I will add them for April first Silly or joke prizes. Christmas the island of lost toys. That would incorprate a ctaft project as will buying used toys and making them in to unusual toys. It will give you and others a chance to look into there minds besides A little humer never hurts. Try to work with your curent clientels likes and dislikes this will incurage people to take part
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