In September the Activities Department starts a resident bowling
league. The bowling league ends in February and a bowling
banquet is held to give our awards to the bowlers. To set up the
â€œbowling alleyâ€ the hallway outside of activities is utilized. This
hallway has an exit door at the end therefore we temporarily
cover it with a dark shower curtain to ensure it is not too bright
for the residents. The bowling pins are set up at one end and the
resident and the bowling ramp are placed about 20-30 feet away.
A rubber bowling ball is used to make sure there is no damage
sustained during the program. Bowling scorecards can be
printed off the Internet (https://s-media-cacheak0.
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For the bowling banquet held in February dinner, decided upon
by the residents, and awards are presented. The activities
department makes or purchases awards and then personalizes
them. The awards are chosen by highest score, most strikes,
most spares, etc., until all residents that have participated
received an award. The banquet requires preparation in
advance. The awards can take time depending on shipping or
the time spent to make and personalize them. The activity room
takes time to set up as well and the meal takes time to make.
Nursing and Dietary needs to be notified and the meals need to
correspond with the residentâ€™s specific diet.
This activity can meet the needs of a resident that was in a
bowling league when they were younger, enjoys sports or
competition, enjoys socializing with peers, or likes small groups.
During the bowling program residents are transported in and out
of the bowling alley due to space limitations. This program
requires the help of two activities staff members. One staff
member is used to set the pins. The other staff member is used
to keep score and turn the bowling ramp if the resident is unable
to do so themselves. This staff member also encourages and
assists the resident during their turn. Each resident bowls 5
frames for their turn. This has been the easiest way to maximize
participation in the program. If there were 6 residents bowling
one frame at a time it would take exceptionally longer than it
would to allow the resident to bowl 5 frames at one time. The
resident may also lose interest if they are switched frequently.
It is nice to see the residents competing against each other to
get the highest score. The staff members running this program
enjoy it as much as the residents do. A calculator and
instructions on how to score bowling may also help for this
program. Tape may also help in setting the bowling pins up in
the correct formation.