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You may not think you will want to reflect on this time, but one day you will. This is a momentous time and is incomparable to any other health event in our history. You are the front line workers, who are dedicating yourselves day in and day out for the well being of your residents. Take this time to create a capsule that you and your residents can dig up at a later date when the dust has settled so that you can truly take in what you all accomplished. You can never doubt your strengths or resilience again!

Quarantine Time Capsule
Shoe Box/Plastic Box/Empty Paint Can
Personal Items

A craft made during this time
Newspaper articles
Thumb drive with documents/conferences/music
Grocery store receipt
Letter to your future self
Journal entry about your current struggles and favorite memories
Prediction about how the quarantine will come to an end and when
Angel figurine to watch over the capsule

Decorate your capsule with phrases or words that represent this time period. Be sure and include the date. In the example picture above, the individual took pictures and coupons ads and used Mod Podge to adhere them to the can.
Fill your box with items that you feel you or your residents may benefit from reflecting on in the future.
Seal your box closed and bury it somewhere around the facility.
Make a map showing where it is buried and hang it in the facility with the planned open date displayed.
Choose an open date that is at least one year from the date of creation.
Puzzle time looks quite a bit different then it use to around our facilities. Making this easy and quick portable puzzle board gives your residents the freedom to work on their puzzles while in their doorways or other areas that are less isolated then their rooms. You could create a Puzzle Time where your interested residents all come in their doorways with their puzzle boards and work on them together with a bit of distance and socialization. Load your cart up and serve snacks while they work.

DIY Portable Puzzle Board
Yields 1
1/2" Board, cut to about 23x30
Decorative Duck Tape
Set of Handles

Purchase 1/2" scrap wood from your local home improvement store. Most offer a service that will cut the board to the size you need at no extra cost.
Wrap the edges with decorative duck tape to prevent splinters and to add style.
Screw in handles on either side. Voila!
Shot Glass Appetizers
Single serve disposable food items are the order of the day! We all need creative ways to serve our residents, while offering a bit of variety into the mix. Enter: Shot Glass Appetizers! These fun recipes give you the opportunity to be creative with your choices, while still being mindful of germs. There are tons of combinations that can be utilized and plastic shot glasses can be purchased relatively inexpensively. Check out some of the options above to get you going. A quick internet search will provide you with tons of ideas and recipes to get you started right away. Cheers!

Combination Ideas
Veggies and Dill Dip
Fruit and Cream Cheese Dip
Olive Medley and Feta Cheese
Tomato Soup and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks/Grilled Cheese Triangle/Pimento Cheese Triangle
Whipped Cream, Strawberry and Angel Food Cake
7 Layer Bean Dip and Tortilla Chip
Pudding and Vanilla Wafers
Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce or Tartar Sauce
Churro Bites and Caramel Sauce
Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
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