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A few of our activity assistants have a slight background in plays (high school). We have just started trying out some improv activities with residents. We did a few "Whose Line is it Anyway examples. Have any of you used internal drama programming in a long term care facility. If so what have you attempted?

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Drama Darling That's The Ticket

 

By Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com

 

Our guest are all different and there are lots of dynamics that come in to play here. Our toughest job is to combine all of these steadfast personalities in a fun and engaging manner. Time of day may be an Issue. If you use a room where guest dine be sure you schedule and intermission. As host you can state "Stay tuned after this brief intermission we will be Continuing your regularly scheduled program ________ in the ________Room. Please join the fun. " This will lead to everyone talking it up with anticipation. This is a great time for a follow up activity along the same line such as a Back Stage Party. During intermission is fantastic time to do one on ones meat and great. Before you start again you can make a quick costume change. See how many notice you just might be surprised.

Whose line is it is fun and so many others. Have you tried to incorporate other shows the Price is Right - You can even get your staff involved in this one as they can help you find neat and interesting things(cheap) Garage Sales, Donations odds and ends can make it more fun. My favorite is Don't for Get the Lyrics - Is a blast all you need is music that your clients know and a microphone. The audience will come and you can draw whom will go next. This can also be used as a active activity get everyone clapping and dancing SAFE in their chairs (back up dancers). In Craft you can make a trophy that can go from person to person. You can even Celebrate the Winner with a Back Stage Party (make special passes). Families, Friends, Staff everyone comes out of the woodwork to play a game. Remember your the host own it - Make it fun! Dress the part! They may be the STARS but you must be the show.

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Jenny,

Thank you for a "Host" of information and ideas.

We recently tried getting the "who, what, where & when" components from residents and creating improv stories to fit their offers. It went OK we will need some practice. Laughter abounded with us as well as residents!!

 

Steve Gegner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drama Darling That's The Ticket

 

By Jenny Livingston jll@usa.com

 

Our guest are all different and there are lots of dynamics that come in to play here. Our toughest job is to combine all of these steadfast personalities in a fun and engaging manner. Time of day may be an Issue. If you use a room where guest dine be sure you schedule and intermission. As host you can state "Stay tuned after this brief intermission we will be Continuing your regularly scheduled program ________ in the ________Room. Please join the fun. " This will lead to everyone talking it up with anticipation. This is a great time for a follow up activity along the same line such as a Back Stage Party. During intermission is fantastic time to do one on ones meat and great. Before you start again you can make a quick costume change. See how many notice you just might be surprised.

Whose line is it is fun and so many others. Have you tried to incorporate other shows the Price is Right - You can even get your staff involved in this one as they can help you find neat and interesting things(cheap) Garage Sales, Donations odds and ends can make it more fun. My favorite is Don't for Get the Lyrics - Is a blast all you need is music that your clients know and a microphone. The audience will come and you can draw whom will go next. This can also be used as a active activity get everyone clapping and dancing SAFE in their chairs (back up dancers). In Craft you can make a trophy that can go from person to person. You can even Celebrate the Winner with a Back Stage Party (make special passes). Families, Friends, Staff everyone comes out of the woodwork to play a game. Remember your the host own it - Make it fun! Dress the part! They may be the STARS but you must be the show.

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A few of our activity assistants have a slight background in plays (high school). We have just started trying out some improv activities with residents. We did a few "Whose Line is it Anyway examples. Have any of you used internal drama programming in a long term care facility. If so what have you attempted?

 

 

We have some "Improv cards" where the participants pick a card identifying the

-type of person they are imitating (ie: fireman or a hippy)

-the time they are acting in

-where they are acting

-and the mood they're acting in

 

That game has always been really popular with our group and doesn't take a lot of preparation.

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To: Sgegner

 

From: Jenny Livingston - jll@usa.com

 

Re: Have you added a prop box?

A prop box works like a thresher chest if you have items you can rotate. You can even give this honor to one of your clients.

 

1. Sauce pan

 

2. A Hat

 

3. A plastic bottle

 

4. Fake Flowers

 

5. Scarf

 

6. Shawl

 

7. Very small blanket

 

8. Extra large pencil (easy to see)

 

Be creative. Have you asked what would you like to see in a prop box? (I like things that can be easily kept clean!) Your clients could have some great ideas. Crafters may want to try to make some simple ones to add to the box. Holidays add a few themed props.

 

To: Dinandez

I love the cards. They look like fun, I think I'll change mine up.

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