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Hello! This first part probably goes more in the introduction section, however I feel it pertinent to the discussion to give you a little background on my facility.

I am the Activity Director of a 75 bed facility, plus we have an Alzheimer "Unit".

 

I recently took over the front half of the building, coming from being the Activity Coordinator of the "Unit". The lady before me was lazy, and uncreative. She continued to do the same activities week after week after week because it was easy and the residents were and are bored with them.

 

We have daily prizes that are given for our afternoon activities. The current ones we are using right now are Bingo (I have changed it up a bit by having them pick their own bingo numbers, they seem to enjoy this), we play Poker Keno (known to some as Pokeno) and we have one more called Rob the Table. Basically that consists of putting out a bunch of prizes and having them roll dice and picking and "robbing" from other tables mates. They enjoy these activities, but they are bored with them, frankly, so am I.

 

I am looking for different afternoon activities that are large group activites, such as bingo, where the residents can win prizes. I don't have a large budget, 0.08 cents per day per resident which amounts to about 175.00 a month. Our afternoon activity usually goes for about an hour, and we have a very large space to "play" in. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Nicole :huh:

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Hello! This first part probably goes more in the introduction section, however I feel it pertinent to the discussion to give you a little background on my facility.

I am the Activity Director of a 75 bed facility, plus we have an Alzheimer "Unit".

 

I recently took over the front half of the building, coming from being the Activity Coordinator of the "Unit". The lady before me was lazy, and uncreative. She continued to do the same activities week after week after week because it was easy and the residents were and are bored with them.

 

We have daily prizes that are given for our afternoon activities. The current ones we are using right now are Bingo (I have changed it up a bit by having them pick their own bingo numbers, they seem to enjoy this), we play Poker Keno (known to some as Pokeno) and we have one more called Rob the Table. Basically that consists of putting out a bunch of prizes and having them roll dice and picking and "robbing" from other tables mates. They enjoy these activities, but they are bored with them, frankly, so am I.

 

I am looking for different afternoon activities that are large group activites, such as bingo, where the residents can win prizes. I don't have a large budget, 0.08 cents per day per resident which amounts to about 175.00 a month. Our afternoon activity usually goes for about an hour, and we have a very large space to "play" in. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Nicole :huh:

 

Well this may sound silly but we play "Pass the Basket", its basically hot potato. We put a wrapped prize in the basket and start music and the pass it around the circle or table stop the music every so often and eliminate who is holding the basket and the last person left takes that the prize. We usually have about 15 residents involved and can go through 5 or 6 rounds in an hour. I'm amazed how they really get into the game.

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Well this may sound silly but we play "Pass the Basket", its basically hot potato. We put a wrapped prize in the basket and start music and the pass it around the circle or table stop the music every so often and eliminate who is holding the basket and the last person left takes that the prize. We usually have about 15 residents involved and can go through 5 or 6 rounds in an hour. I'm amazed how they really get into the game.

 

Sounds interesting. I might put a little spin on it and have several prizes. Only one, they would FLIP out! They are very, very spoiled when it comes to prizes. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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Hello! This first part probably goes more in the introduction section, however I feel it pertinent to the discussion to give you a little background on my facility.

I am the Activity Director of a 75 bed facility, plus we have an Alzheimer "Unit".

 

I recently took over the front half of the building, coming from being the Activity Coordinator of the "Unit". The lady before me was lazy, and uncreative. She continued to do the same activities week after week after week because it was easy and the residents were and are bored with them.

 

We have daily prizes that are given for our afternoon activities. The current ones we are using right now are Bingo (I have changed it up a bit by having them pick their own bingo numbers, they seem to enjoy this), we play Poker Keno (known to some as Pokeno) and we have one more called Rob the Table. Basically that consists of putting out a bunch of prizes and having them roll dice and picking and "robbing" from other tables mates. They enjoy these activities, but they are bored with them, frankly, so am I.

 

I am looking for different afternoon activities that are large group activites, such as bingo, where the residents can win prizes. I don't have a large budget, 0.08 cents per day per resident which amounts to about 175.00 a month. Our afternoon activity usually goes for about an hour, and we have a very large space to "play" in. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Nicole :huh:

 

We use memorystreets question and answer books for seniors...good questions that keep their attention, we don't even have to give out prizes, but if you have to, you could give out poker chips to those who answer correctly and whoever has the most chips at the end of the game can get the coveted prize! Check out their website www.memorystreets.com you can get a free page on the website and if you leave your fax or e mail address under "contact us" they will send you 3 more free pages if you ask for them. ( this way you can try them out.

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At my facility, we play "Jackpot Bingo" The residents win points instead of prizes. The first one to 20 points gets to choose a $3 item I get for them the next time i go shopping. 2 points for bingos and 3 points for blackouts. We play this once every other week. it can take several months for someone to get to 20 points. I keep score for them and read them off their scores to them each time we get together for Jackpot Bingo. Also a resident can win multiple games in a day with Jackpot whereas Prize Bingo they can only win once a day.

 

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Hello! This first part probably goes more in the introduction section, however I feel it pertinent to the discussion to give you a little background on my facility.

I am the Activity Director of a 75 bed facility, plus we have an Alzheimer "Unit".

 

I recently took over the front half of the building, coming from being the Activity Coordinator of the "Unit". The lady before me was lazy, and uncreative. She continued to do the same activities week after week after week because it was easy and the residents were and are bored with them.

 

We have daily prizes that are given for our afternoon activities. The current ones we are using right now are Bingo (I have changed it up a bit by having them pick their own bingo numbers, they seem to enjoy this), we play Poker Keno (known to some as Pokeno) and we have one more called Rob the Table. Basically that consists of putting out a bunch of prizes and having them roll dice and picking and "robbing" from other tables mates. They enjoy these activities, but they are bored with them, frankly, so am I.

 

I am looking for different afternoon activities that are large group activites, such as bingo, where the residents can win prizes. I don't have a large budget, 0.08 cents per day per resident which amounts to about 175.00 a month. Our afternoon activity usually goes for about an hour, and we have a very large space to "play" in. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Nicole :)

Hello Nicole,

 

We play a fun game at the facility I am associated wtih called "The Bean Auction". Each resident is given 25 beans or poker chips and then they have "money" to bet on the items being auctioned. We use items such as hankies, books, picture frames, jewelry, and even small food items. You'd be surprised to see what a cookie might go for. Anything that we get in as a donation that is small and in good shape we put aside for our bean auctions. Or items that can be purchased at dollar stores. The items are shown to the audience and then they start the bidding. One rule, they cannot go to 25 beams on the first bid because it is not fair to all. They love the competition but be forwarned it can get a bit noisy. We have found that this program works for all levels of residents but the Alzheimer's patients usually need the assistance of a staff member. I hope this helps you with some new programming.

 

Gvm :huh:

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I do a game similar to the "Bean Auction" only I call it "Mystery Auction" because I put all the prizes in large grocery bags, this way the residents do not know what they are bidding on and don't see what they have won until the game is over. I found pictures of "funny money" on my computer program and prnted them off, copied enough so that each resident is given $45 dollars. I too set the rules so that no one can bid $45 to start just to keep things fair. Also our lower functioning residents need assist with the bidding and so far our moderate to higher functioning residents have not screamed out that this is cheating! BEWARE....This does get noisy but it is a blast! I generally have 15 bags to bid on (all numbered so they bid on bag number one etc.) I usually have one or two bags with a Booby-Prize in it, something silly and everyone gets a kick out if it when they find out they spent x # of dollars on 2 kleenexes or a package of pudding and spoon!

 

Have fun with this, I usually dress up in jeans, flannel shirt and old straw hat or baseball cap, just like an auctioneer, change my name to something silly and walk into the room like I have never seen the residents before! They love it!

 

Ella :huh:

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