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I have a 65 bed facility and I am in desperate need of help. You might ask why with only 65 beds. I have two different populations in my facility. I have teh elderly and handicapped young adults. I really need help with coming up with activities for the young adults that are age appropriate. All of the young adults range from the ages of 20-55. Most of them have cerbral palsy and are bind and deaf. I really haven't been properly trained. I have been in activities for 6.5 years and I have only been a Activity Director for 1.5 years. My department has not been cited in over 17 years and I do not want to start now. I know that teh state is going to be very hard on activites and I am asking all of you for help. If you have any ideas. suggestions, or comments please give them to me. Even if they are bad, I want them. My facility is going to send me to a school, to help properly train me to deal with teh young adults. I hope that it works. Thanks for all of your time. I'll be going now!

 

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RLC

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My opinion about activities is that almost any activity can be adapated to make it fit your population for example.

 

Bingo - you play Bingo with your elderly residents you may give the winners prizes for the dollar store or junk jewerly etc.

 

Young Adults - Give them money or cokes or even scratch offs if that is o.k. with your administration.

 

You said that you have deaf and blind young adults I would focus on sensory stimulation activities that target the olfactory sense. I am currently working a book for activities for the olfactory sense.

 

Hope this helps - Karen

 

Here are a few basic ideas

Cinnamon Ornaments

• Cinnamon Powder 1 lb

• Applesauce, warmed 2 cups

Mix ingredients. Roll out dough between 1/4" and 1/2" thick. Use cookie cutters to cut-out patterns or create your own shapes in the cinnamon dough with a butter knife. Make a large hole for hanging at the top of each ornament. Dry overnight in a warm oven or air dry (can take up to a week).

 

Potpourri Balls

• Paintbrush

• Craft glue

• Tennis ball or any small ball

• Potpourri

• Ribbon

First, brush a thick coat of glue over the ball. Then roll the ball in potpourri until covered and let glue dry. Tie ribbon around ball and secure. Hang around to get a fresh scent when people pass by it!

 

Scented Painting

• Paint

• Various scents - vanilla, syrup, cinnamon, almond, etc...

• Paper

• Paintbrushes

Mix the different colored paints with a scent.

Let the resident create an abstract painting with the scented paints.

Then display the art work.

You can use a holiday theme with holiday scents.

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My opinion about activities is that almost any activity can be adapated to make it fit your population for example.

 

Bingo - you play Bingo with your elderly residents you may give the winners prizes for the dollar store or junk jewerly etc.

 

Young Adults - Give them money or cokes or even scratch offs if that is o.k. with your administration.

 

You said that you have deaf and blind young adults I would focus on sensory stimulation activities that target the olfactory sense. I am currently working a book for activities for the olfactory sense.

 

Hope this helps - Karen

 

Here are a few basic ideas

Cinnamon Ornaments

• Cinnamon Powder 1 lb

• Applesauce, warmed 2 cups

Mix ingredients. Roll out dough between 1/4" and 1/2" thick. Use cookie cutters to cut-out patterns or create your own shapes in the cinnamon dough with a butter knife. Make a large hole for hanging at the top of each ornament. Dry overnight in a warm oven or air dry (can take up to a week).

 

Potpourri Balls

• Paintbrush

• Craft glue

• Tennis ball or any small ball

• Potpourri

• Ribbon

First, brush a thick coat of glue over the ball. Then roll the ball in potpourri until covered and let glue dry. Tie ribbon around ball and secure. Hang around to get a fresh scent when people pass by it!

 

Scented Painting

• Paint

• Various scents - vanilla, syrup, cinnamon, almond, etc...

• Paper

• Paintbrushes

Mix the different colored paints with a scent.

Let the resident create an abstract painting with the scented paints.

Then display the art work.

You can use a holiday theme with holiday scents.

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Karen I want to Thank you so much for your help. I kind of do dome of the things that you told me about. I greatly appreciate all of your ideas. The cinnamon ornaments sound like a big hit. I can't wait to try to make them. If you have anymore ideas, please let me know about them. Thanks, RLC

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We have done all sorts of programs for our younger residents including watching WWE and having them choose a movie in the afternoon that they want to watch while the "older" crowd is doing Bingo. The activity that kept them coming back was "Altered Books" and Take out Lunches. We also had some activities that included "Bar Games" and a Book of the Month Club, where we all took turns reading a book of their choice. The most popular book was "All Creatures Great and Small" and everyone's favorite "Alice in Wonderland" (don't know why they enjoyed it).

You can do a search for Altered Books and we always had books ready as we took donations of Readers Digest Condensed Books.

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