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"My facility is thinking about doing a "Happy Hour" Do any of you have policies that you could forward to me? I would appreicate this. My administrator wants me to come up with something, and I want to include everything if I can.

My email is rectherapy@morrisonnh.org. Thanks in advance for the help.


Deborah May

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I don't know what State you are in, but I am not sure that matters. I'm Rose and the Director of Activities at a Nursing and Rehab facility. When I started there last May, there was already a happy hour program in place six days a week - Monday-Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We serve alcohol, but only if requested by the Resident. I keep beer, wine coolers, rum, whiskey and vodka on hand. We also serve soft drinks and snacks. Snacks include potato chips, funyuns, cheese doodles, and bugles. Since we have happy hour six days a week instead of the normal 1 time per week or 2 x per month, we do not have live music. We play cd's on a machine. Some Residents chit chat, some play cards and others have family join them. I have been told my facility is the only one in our area that serves alcohol. Of course, the Residents have the right to choose and ours (some, not all) choose to imbibe. Other facilities in my area have happy hour once a week or 2 times per month and have a live music program. They also only serve soft drinks or that imitation beer. They do have better snacks, however. They serve hot hor d'vores (did I spell that right???) such as pigs in a blanket or wings or pizza rolls. Some add fresh fruit to the list or cheese and crackers. Hope all this helps.

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