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Who would have thought that these little old folks could get so angry over a bingo game or let alone try to cheat? Ha! Ha! I am having a dilemma over bingo. This of course is the most popular game, or activity for that matter, at our care center. Anytime we have a little extra time, they want to play. We pay 60 cents per game. The residents are getting so competitive it is almost a dread to play with them on some days. As long as a certain few bingo, you are ok, but if not, comments are made that are not pleasant. They grumble at the person calling and grumble at each other. The independent ones don't like for staff to assist the others that need help r/t cognitive abilities, poor eyesight, etc. My activity assistant reported to me today that she feels that some are cheating by remembering what numbers are called and using those numbers when they call out their bingo. They are currently playing with 2 cards each which I may need to reduce to one. I would really rather substitute a different activity for bingo at least once a week, but I have no idea what it would be. We already play enough game type activities, for which they get paid money or prizes for winning. It almost seems that they are not satisfied unless they are playing something that constitutes money or prizes. We play group crossword once a month which starts fun discussions and some enjoy it, but they seem to be so glad when it's over. We have several that are happy no matter what we do and then there are the few that are not. As they say 'the squeaky wheel gets the grease' but it's not fair to the others who just enjoy doing things. Besides some people get tired of the griping, staff included. Some of the very ones that say 'I just play for fun, I don't care if I win or not, just so I get to play' are the ones that complain. I am in desperate need of some suggestions, words of wisdom, something. We have resident council on Wednesday and I have been putting off discussing these problems with them for fear of a massive rush of complaints. Our Omsbudsman seems to think she is supposed to live at out care center because it seems she is here all the time. We've had no complaints from anyone. She says she just likes it here. She also likes to attend our council meetings which makes it difficult to bring up touchy subjects. We will be in our survey window in September. I don't want to plant a thornbush at this point but I don't want one to grow out of what has already been planted either. Sorry for such a long post, but it sure does feel good to get it all out.

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Believe it or not we had the same issues not so long ago. We play for points and who ever has the highest ammount of points at the end of the month gets 5 dollars, 2nd place is 4 and third place is 3. One day after hearing numerous complaints about cheating, people sitting in someones seat, just petty things I had enough. I went in before the next game and said for the month of June they were only playing for fun. Then before July I made a list of bingo rules and read them to them. Havent had nearly as many issues.

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Believe it or not we had the same issues not so long ago. We play for points and who ever has the highest ammount of points at the end of the month gets 5 dollars, 2nd place is 4 and third place is 3. One day after hearing numerous complaints about cheating, people sitting in someones seat, just petty things I had enough. I went in before the next game and said for the month of June they were only playing for fun. Then before July I made a list of bingo rules and read them to them. Havent had nearly as many issues.

 

 

Maybe this will help you. I work in a 179 bed facility These people live for bingo 4 times a week. Every time they win they get a bingo ticket we call bingo 3 times then they all have to clear their card and start over they play for 1 hour and collect the tickets. On friday we have what is called bingo ticket exchange. this is like a store set up in the activity room that has deoderant, shampoo, lap blankets stuffed animals knick knacks for their room. jewelry chips cookies bananas all this has been donated so nothing out of pocket. each ticket is worth like 1 dollar deoderant may go for 1 bingo ticket while a lap blanket may go for 10. This is a pretty neat system they enjoy going to bingo to win the ticket so on friday they come up and spend them very wisely. Yes i still have the problem hey she is sitting in my seat or she didn't clear her card but that is life you should try it this way it is less stress and they know they are playing for something but they will not be fighting over money

have a nice day

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Thanks for all the tips. Things have been better. I have reduced bingo to twice a week, substituting other games or programs for the other times bingo was scheduled. We also now play freebie games every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. This seems to have helped them appreciate the paying games more. Reducing bingo any further would be difficult as bingo is their favorite. We are using different larger bingo cards now and many seem to only want one, which is good. Giving out tickets is a good idea and I may use it for some of our other games. The residents really use the money they win from bingo. When we go on our outings, they use their bingo money to buy the things they want from Walmart or other places. Thanks again everyone.

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We have bingo 3 times a week, My residents live for bingo as well. We play for bingo bucks or activity bucks, if they come to a activity they get a buck, if they win bingo they get a buck, blackout game 2 bucks. Every month I have activity store where I get snacks, clothes, scarfs any little thing I think they might like. I also get shampoo, soaps and different things like that. They all have fun buying things with their bucks. The ones that dont come to activities still get things i bring to them just not as much as the others. AND as for the Omsbudsman coming to your council meeting.. I have a issue with that, we were told in school that ANYONE attending the meeting other than the residents and myself had to be invited by the residents and voted on. just a little FYI if you dont want them attending you can use that as a very good reason. This is my first time posting, I love reading all the posts and good ideas!

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I'm glad you brought that up about the omsbudsman attending the council meetings. I had mentioned that same thing to my adm. Those who wish to attend the council meetings that are not residents are supposed to be by invitation only or by request by that person and then the request is approved by the council. My adm. agreed and said if the attendance of the omsbudsman becomes a problem, she will take care of letting her know that her presence is not warranted just because she is the omsbudsman. Our omsbudsman is new and has yet to be trained properly and seems to want to earn brownie points at her headquarters. She has only recently started knocking on the residents doors before she invites herself in. Her being at the council meetings, to me anyway, kind of voids the biggest part of why the council exists, to bring up issues before the council and then to the appropriate department for correction or investigation, giving the residents a voice. With the omsbudsman stepping in before the nursing home is even made aware of a problem or concern, why even bother with a council. (except for the fact it's a requirement) Her presence makes the residents nervous and then no one wants to say anything, again negating the whole purpose. They all just sit there looking at me like "what are we supposed to do". I know I have to be patient with our omsbudsman because she has not been trained, or at least it seems that way. She has been doing this since March or April, how long does it take to learn the ropes?

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