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  1. We recently purchased a few activity aprons (yes, they are pretty expensive). I must say, they are working out great though. We have one paticular resident who constantly stands up from her wheel chair and is a fall risk. She is very difficult to redirect. However, she was the first resident we tried the apron with and it really worked wonders. In the particular aprons we have there is a clear compartment to hold pictures. We placed a picture of the resident's grandson in the apron. Now, when she attempts to stand, we redirect her to the picture in her apron and she begins to talk about what a good boy he is. She even kisses the picture! As for getting more aprons at a good price... we were lucky enough to have a resident who is very skilled t sewing. We supplied her with all of the materials and she is in the process of making some more for us. I highly recommend the aprons! Thanks, Joe
  2. I, too, work at a person centered are facility. I have been here for the survey process and can thankfully say all went smoothly. We tried usin the I care plans tone point but found that a more descriptive care plan style works best. Now, when I saw descriptive, I don't necessarily mean specific. You don't want to get too specific with things that might hurt you in the long run. However, being person centered, it is good to be descriptive of character. For example (resident's name) enjoys helping others during group activities. Then, for a goal you might want to (rather than say attend activites of choice 2-3 times a week... blah..blah), will sit (resident's name) next to (another resident who requires limited assistance) during activities so that he or she may assist as needed. I even add certain quotes that residents might commonly use so that way when someone reads the care plan they would be able to easily identify the resident it refers to. An example of this is I have a resident who is on a diet but still loves her desserts so everytime she asks for a piece of pie or cake she will say "don't tell my son." At my facility, reading this line alone will allow anyone to identify the resident. Hope this helps. Thanks, Joe
  3. The men at my facility are few and very diverse as well, but they do enjoy anything related to food. Something new I've started however isinviting the men's group participants from other nearby facilities to join us for our men's group. I find that more of the men at my facility will participate if the group is larger. They tend to be turned off by the lack of interest of their peers so by involving men from other facilities at least that increases the number of participants leading to more interest from men who normally wouldn't partcipate. Hope this helps everyone. Thanks, Joe
  4. It seems no one has mentioned mycorwincalendar.com. I created an account at that website and create my calendar by simply logging in and filling in the information needed. It's a fairly easy process and then you can just order your calenders straight from them in all different sizes and layouts. I highly recommend it. Thanks, Joe
  5. 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 forth. If the balloon is hanging low enough they will even try to use their feet to kick it. It truly is amazing what you'll find. Residents of all different abilities will be able to play andyou'll even catch some smiling that normally do not on regular occasion. Try it. Thanks, Joe
  6. Somethng I've done at my facility that seems to work well is each quarter (every three months), I dedicate a week to staff ran programs. I create a sign up sheet with available dates and times and I post it by the time clock (or accessible area). Staff members of all departments are allowed to sign up to run an activity program with the residents for the designated time frame. The appealing thing is, they can choose to do whatever they want (with approval of course). Some staff members who feel they do not have some sort of talent simply choose to call off bingo numbers or lead a horseracing activity. It seems to be working so far. It's worth a shot. I hope this helps. Thanks, Joe
  7. Try playing games such as Word in a Word. Simply write a fairly large word on a dry erase or chalk board and have the residents find other smaller words within it. Another great game they enjoy playing is the Supermarket Game. It's somewhat like The Price is Right. Take some household objects (the more food the better), and have the residents taking turns guessing how much each item is. Allow time for discussion of price differences between now and when they used to shop for their own families. The great thing about the food items is you can allow the residents to sample which is something they love to do. Just be sure to pay close attention to allergies of course before offering samples. For a craft and reminiscing project tie in, you could have the residents make a timeline on large pieces of paper or poster board. They can cut out pictures or draw their own to represent specific important memories they have from when they are younger. You can also have them include their birthdays in the proper spots. Once finished, he time line can be displayed in a hallway of your facility. The residents and their family members will love to see the final product. It is interesting for the staff to read as well.
  8. If you use some type of playdough in your facility, you might find it handy to have the residents make the playdough from scratch. It will seem like a cook prep activity to them and then they will be able to use the finished product during other activities. There are plenty of recipes for playdough online. Here's one for no cook playdough: 1 c. water 3 c. flour 1 1/2 c. salt 1/4 c. oil Food coloring Mix in a bowl. Add more flour if too sticky. Store in a ziplock bag when finished.
  9. Such great ideas in this thread! For a game idea other than those already mentioned, have you ever tried Baseball Dice? It's great for different ages and can easily be made into a tournament. Make a baseball diamond on paper, or for an even nicer looking board, use green felt. For markers you could buy mini plastic baseball players at a dollar store (they look like army men only in the form of baseball players) or you could simply use coins to represent baserunners. Have each player roll the dice to see who goes first. The players then take turns through 9 innings of play rolling the dice to earn runs or outs. Rolling a 3 or 4 constitutes as a strikeout. 5 or 6 is a ground out 7 or 8 is a pop fly. 9 is a single 10 is a double 11 is a triple 2 and 12 are a homerun. Double 2 and double 4 can be used to represent a walk. The men at my facility really enjoy playing. You can serve snacks as well such as peanuts, pretzels, nachos (being sure to be aware of allergies of course).
  10. So many great ideas already posted. I definitely like the one about making her an honorary Activity Department member. Make her feel as useful as can be. To add something very simple, but that actually works extremely well with the dementia residents at my facility... simply get a bunch of different yarn. Use different colors and sizes and unravel it being sure to mix it all together. Place the pile of yarn on a table so that the resident you speak of as well as others with dementia can sit and untangle the different strands of yarn. Most of them will probably roll each strand into balls of yarn. It makes them feel like that are working and helping you as well as helping them to utilize their fine motor skills and excercise their fingers. It works like a charm. They really love to do it.
  11. Conversation boards are a great idea for the hard of hearing, deaf, and mute. You can have the resident help you to create small pictures to represent certain emotions, actions, and anything else you might find you would like to talk about. Then with these pictures, you can have a conversation using the images to represent what you and the resident would like to say. As for the blind and total bedfast, soothing sounds and scents are classic. For something new you might want to try Finish The Phrase or Name That Tune. Seems to be well-liked by the residents in my facility. Hope this helps a bit. Joe
  12. Maybe instead of "bingo bucks" for use in a resident store, bingo bucks could be used instead for a resident auction. At my facility we intertwine different activities... for example, we may use finished arts and crafts projects and recently made baked goods as items in an auction. The residents love the idea of being able to bid on many of the items. We designate certain items that can only be purchased with the fake money that residents win during other games such as bingo and horseracing. It becomes a whole new activity in itself that they all really enjoy. Just an idea.
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