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Do we need nite activities 3x a week? And pls give me suggestions for nite activities. Thank u!

 

I think it depends on your state but we have evening activities daily on our dementia unit and 4 nights for the rest of our population. We have a movie night, play bingo, play word games, or have evening entertainment.

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I think it depends on your state but we have evening activities daily on our dementia unit and 4 nights for the rest of our population. We have a movie night, play bingo, play word games, or have evening entertainment.

 

I'm not sure of our state's regulations right now (just started), but my question is: If it is regulated that we have to, but no residents attend, how does that work? We have evening Bingo one night a week, and we only get 3-4 people who specifically stay up to play. 99% of residents are in bed right after dinner. It seems better to have the limited Activities hours we have spent doing things during the day when it is actually beneficial.

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I'm not sure of our state's regulations right now (just started), but my question is: If it is regulated that we have to, but no residents attend, how does that work? We have evening Bingo one night a week, and we only get 3-4 people who specifically stay up to play. 99% of residents are in bed right after dinner. It seems better to have the limited Activities hours we have spent doing things during the day when it is actually beneficial.

 

Hmm, well first question is... Are they going to bed after dinner because they want to or because they have nothing else to do? I'd say survey your population. You may find they're going to bed right after dinner because that's what they think they're supposed to do (or it's convenient for the evening staff). If your patients all refuse to attend evening programs and its documented I don't think there's anything to worry about. A special dinner can also count as an evening activity; i.e. dinner & a movie or live entertainment during dinner.

 

Evening programs are not as populated as our daytime programs but well worth it for the 15-20 residents who would otherwise be bored.

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Do we need nite activities 3x a week? And pls give me suggestions for nite activities. Thank u!

 

Wow, only 3????? That would be a piece of cake for me. We're required to offer an activity 3x per day/7 days per week, usually around 10 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm.

 

The daytime activities are fairly structured, but we have all sorts of different things going on at night. A couple of bluegrass bands "jam" two nights during the month, plus a few local churches come in for singing during the week. We also tap into the local college community as many of the Greek organizations do service projects. I'm lining up different civic & hobby clubs to present lectures, and there's nothing more thrilling than a visit from the local high school sports teams & cheerleaders.

 

Ask EVERYONE, and I do mean everyone, about anyone they know who might be able to come in for an hour and demonstrate a skill, craft, or special interest. You'll be surprised who is out there just waiting to be asked.

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