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I am planning to start a birthday sub-committee and am wondering if anyone can share what they do for resident birthdays. Thanks

 

Sue

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FOR MY RESIDENTS BIRTHDAYS, I JUST PUT ONE DAY ON THE CALENDAR OUT OF EACH MONTH FOR A RESIDNET BIRTHDAY PARTY AND ORDER A FULLSHEET CAKE AND ICECREAM AND GET A LIST OF THE BIRTHDAYS FOR THAT MONTH AND GIVE EACH ONE A BALLOON AND A LITTLE GIFT. WE SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THEM AND EVERYONE PIGS OUT ON CAKE AND ICE CREAM! HOPE THAT HELPS.

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FOR MY RESIDENTS BIRTHDAYS, I JUST PUT ONE DAY ON THE CALENDAR OUT OF EACH MONTH FOR A RESIDNET BIRTHDAY PARTY AND ORDER A FULLSHEET CAKE AND ICECREAM AND GET A LIST OF THE BIRTHDAYS FOR THAT MONTH AND GIVE EACH ONE A BALLOON AND A LITTLE GIFT. WE SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THEM AND EVERYONE PIGS OUT ON CAKE AND ICE CREAM! HOPE THAT HELPS.

 

 

 

For our residents birthday, we give them a small bunch of balloons the day of their birthday. We have monthly birthday party for residents in that particular month and serve cake and punch. We have some entertainment....sing happy birthday and give a small gift.

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We also have a birthday party once a month. On their individual birthdays we wait until everyone is in the dining room at lunch and bring them a small cake and everyone sings Happy Birthday to them.

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I would agree that in a large facility, it's best to do a monthly birthday party and recognize each individual at it...but in my case, I'm at a smaller facility (only 25 occupied beds currently) so I celebrate each birthday individually. I get a 1/4 sheet cake with their name on it, a birthday card (Target has great 99 cents and 50 cents ones) and either serve it for dessert after lunch or dinner or if it's a bingo day, serve it as refreshment right after bingo.

 

I have about 2 birthdays per month, so this works out (cake is $17.99, so I spend about $20 per birthday.) Of course, if you're in a place where you've got an average of 20 birthdays a month, that would never work. In that case, have a big cake once a month for everyone's birthday lumped together, but make sure you acknowledge each resident on their actual birthday with a card and a visit.

 

I miss the days when we had a retired baker living here who baked and decorated cakes for everyone's birthday (even staff). We only had 8 residents then, so I had time to assist him with that. Oh, he still lives here, but he's a shell of his former self and has no interest in cake making, nor the physical or mental ability to do it anymore. Sad. But he did bring a lot of joy to people's lives back then.

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