#ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit - Shared screen with speaker view
Thank you for all your validation
Will there be a transcript we can access of this? I had to step away for a bit.
Thank you for great work.
Our Dr and dietitian are not happy with using snacks as prizes - what prizes are you giving? The residents get tired of beauty products. ideas?
great question Kathleen. I’ve been wondering too
from Sharman thank you for the good information
I must have missed the fishing idea in here, can't find it.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for BINGO info
Thank you, Dawn and Alisa, for your excellent presentation!
we use madri gras beads for our memory care day center
I give out community bucks for attendance. They may be spent at a community auction. Some places let them be used in community canteens
Ideas for prizes with no budget would be great! We used to give out small stuffed animals that had been donated, but then were told they had to be new. Also some residents had too many & were told they became a fire hazard for their rooms.
you can use themed prizes.
4th of July luau etc
Thanks Again Alisa & Dawn
Yes, this is helpful!
johnna, some residents like to make bracelets which we use as prizes, also cheap summer baseball hats, cheap sunglasses, winter gloves and hats in cold weather, pads of paper, anything I can get on freecycle or facebook buy nothing page.
i was having trouble with zoom for the first session, what was the bingo word for that session
I missed it too. hoping someone will share
I had the same problem...it's storming here and wifi goes in and out
1st session word was "WE"
We created and printed coupons that can be used to select prizes from the prize cart, for our Shopping Day activity, or for photos of them that we take on special occasions.
Good ideas guys, thanks
we ask our volunteer and face book friends to buy bingo prizes for us at Amazon on our wish list
Johnna, how about scarves or fuzzy socks with no-skid on bottoms. We also use fidget toys, stress balls, and worry stones.
This is even better addressed by Victor Frankl who reminds us that meaning does not save you from death but it does make life worth living.
Reposting this for attendees: We have been creating activity packets weekly that residents can request to be delivered to their room. They have really enjoyed these.
I'm currently sending out packets of fun stuff to our clients who are still home. We are not open yet. They really appreciate them!
Yes calendars and decorations done by staff, if disrupted give us more time to spend with residents one on one and empower them to choose what to do.
What sorts of thigs are you putting in your packets?
We have an order form for our residents so they can request activities. We also have "on-line" order form for our Resident Store (the Beachfront Bodega). Our home is near the Beach.
We had a weekly activity calendar and put time and day for virtual programs. The residents really enjoy the virtual programs.
Good morning from Joliet, Illinois
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Hi, I’m Zorah from Sydney, Australia.
@Jeri word searches, crosswords, word jumbles, mazes, coloring pages for a start. Osborn has a subscription service that allows you to print a new set for each day. Memory care and AL available.
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Hi Denise Vassar, we also weekly activity program. Can you share your us your virtual programs please
Eversound company makes great themed packets
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Have weekly activity program
While under apartment quarantine, I made daily packets of a variety of word puzzles, searches, adult coloring, trivia, etc. Found out later that only a few people were doing them. Many people couldn't see, write, read, etc. Some even told me it was a waste of paper. However, the people that were able to do them not only enjoyed them, but told me that they attempted new puzzles. I used the packets for 1 to 1 visits to open discussions.
It has been a gift to have live webinars via zoom here in Alaska as we don't have much going on here as to live ceus. Thanks
I'm reposting this to include attendees:
Our town is a small, rural community. Our cable provider does not accommodate a live broadcasting feature. We are looking for a provider that will allow us to broadcast to residents' room and have contacted a couple, with no response. I would welcome names of companies that would be responsive to our needs.
Yes Brenda! packets get wasted on many folks. I print them up for those who want them and a couple more.
Barbara we use Touch Town
I like to get copy of this chat time it help a lot what we all do different.
From Sharman this is good floor plan
I went out to eat for the first time in So. Cal with a friend, on a sidewalk table. Interesting new way to do this, didn't feel safe going inside as Covid 19 is still prevelant in Los Angeles Calif!
we put puzzles, coloring pages, spiritual readings, list of materials we have available upon request, depending on the residents diet candy/snack
Yes, I can we use the Converter to our computer to cable system. Here are some virtual programs: Famous Faces on YouTube, music concerts on YouTube, Wild Animal Shows on YouTube and travel shows on YouTube. We are going to have a antique or classic car show (drive by). Some residents will see the cars out their window. I will video tape the show and put on the computer for all the residents to see. Also, we have a Chaplain who will provide a virtual prayer group on Zoom.
Linda I’m in NorCal. we’re still under pretty strict precautions here.
I have been watching and listening. I am in NZ and we have been back to “normal”’for over 2 weeks now. All I can say is that you guys are doing a phenomenal job and you should be very proud of yourself. we are not just essential workers, we are Gundsmenral
When I only gave the "Daily Sheet" to some residents, they asked why they didn't get the other pages. :) You just never know! One resident asked for a magnifying glass so she could do the activity. I try to use one that are at least 14 point. I haven't enlarged them with the copier yet.
@AJ - they are just starting this in So Cal, place by place, and city by city.
we are fundamental workers ☺️
We do packets, and pass them out to residents that would like them. I also laminate spot the difference puzzles, quizzes, caption the pictures, etc and do one on ones with dry erase markers and the residents write in the laminated copy....then when done, I wipe off and sanitize.
we can’t tap into cable so we are using iPads and tablets. YouTube is great for those who speak other languages. we are able to pull up movies or music in Punjabi, Arabic and Chinese.
Did anyone get the Bingo code word for Session 2? Zoom cut out on the beginning of the session for me :(
Internet sounds like a wonderful thing!
I have seen a lot of information come across with everyone sharing anyone willing to share their resident council successes and failures during covid-19...I have great concerns come survey time
@Naomi, it was believe
Bingo Word Believe
looking at the walking paths I wonder when we will get wheelchair access mandated in all public places. Also are we willing to redesign our giant nursing facilities, even close them to make room for smaller homelike settings where contagion does not take down so many at a time.
We do Resident Council surveys with the residents who attended Resident Council in the past. This has been successful.
@Denise ~ did you design your RC Survey yourself? I would be interested in seeing it. I am just taking over at a facility and of course concerned for RC during survey time and the survey in general, and we are in our window. Covid days, ugh...
We had a successful Mother's Day car parade. Luckily we had good weather and the residents were able to sit outside, 6 feet apart, with masks on and see their families.
Is there any grants out there for low income residents to purchase tablets or IPADS?
@Brenda ~ how many patients to staff did you have for outside event?
I received the survey on NCCAP.org site. This site has a COVID 19 area with all kinds of ideas. You should check it out from coloring sheets to Resident Council survey.
I am just concerned that we are more of a jail, an institution that is not in the best interest for many. If we never can allow visitors, we are going to realize that we are no longer a home but a quarantine ward.
@Linda your welcome.
I noticed in Q&A that some one wanted to save chat copy and paste
Gone are those days, sadly!
Where do I start....
oh that's a lot too many words
I feel overwhelmed. the font is too small and hard to read
the good old days
longing for those days again
cant read , too small
Plan and no love
I like it
not produced by or for residents, for state!
Too many activities, confusing
There is so much on there that it is hard to transition from one activity to another
I don't think many of the residents will read this--too busy.
Joan that is what residents are stating to me on a daily basis that they feel like they are in jail. Long days of only able to do 1:1's here.
Overwhelmed and busy now doing weekly calendar.
overwhelmed, because I cant do that now
BUT structured, cuts down on chaos. The residents came up with a lot of these activities
I have tried to do this again . and its so hard now
It is a lot but one can pick and choose. Looks like my calendar
So if this is old school, or the good old days, I'd like to see what you would consider
from Sharman Overwhelmed
up to date
set schedule for programing
it structure to much for what is going on
In the state of Vermont at least there is a grant available for SNF to purchase tablets. The amount your facility can receive is based on your census. I would suggest contacting your state health care association for further details.
our calendars are only weekly now
Ours hasn't changed. it is just a lot is scheduled on the TV
That calendar wouldn't be even half enough activities according to my ED...
Assisted Living schedule, not Skilled Nursing
I can not imagine that residents or staff would use the word Trivia with the name MLK
from Sherry -- We use Touchtown to share live stuff on our residents TV- exercise programs, live video local church & etc.
hows are you getting the activities on the tv?
Also, the organization that uses that calendar does ALOT of Bingo :-)
we got our gratitude @Andrea. in California
Don't have enough staff now.
For our Mother's Day car parade, we had about 20 cars. All staff and residents that were available. Next time I would try to find out which families were planning to attend and make sure to get their family outside. Many people said they didn't understand what we were going to do.
I cannot even go weekly because of our outside visits w/ family. Sometimes I feel like I am changing hour to hour
From sherry--Our calendar is weekly now
We have switched to weekly schedules vs. monthly as a result of covid
how can I make bingo more exciting, i'm so bored with it
Hey everyone only the Q & A will be available through recording. Maybe, everyone should switch to Q & A, because there will be no record of this, later and it is very useful!!
We have guidelines as to types and number of activities per weekday/weekend.
Ashley are resident still happy???...than you being bored doesn't count sorry to say
this time of year I see if every resident wants a live plant in their room. Those that do, it gives me a purposeful reason to come back in and check how they are caring for it or see its growth. Those who don't want one, I find another reason. And five minutes is so ultimate for an engagement yes yes yes!
We in our center aren't allowed to physically touch our residents. It's another huge hinderance to us.
Every time we call a number, the caller has to come up with a unique word that starts with the letter. For example: B-7; Baboon 7. It gets more challenging as you go along, especially if you pick a theme such as animals.
I feel they are also bored with it, I work in a rehab hospital so my setting is very different
one to one with music of their choice and a snack sit and listen discuss
Anybody else the only person in the activity department?
Thanks so much Evy
Our Bingo group made a list of Bingo games. The person who wins gets to pick the next game - I had no idea there were so many types of bingo! Four corners, railroad tracks, bulls-eye, large picture frame. I like to do only the "B" and "O" row when it's hot in the room :)
@Heather- I am!
Our music channels on our tv has fun history about the songs and artists so sitting and listening to music and reading the information to residents leads to some fun discussions.
@ Heather YES! I'm alone. Sometimes I can borrow an aide but not ususally
There is only me and my assistant for 70-80 residents regularly.
I work for a CCRC, we are very fortunate to have the use of our Therapy dept. right now as they're not offering community based programming, they have been very helpful with supports of 1:1 needs for residents. Also our housekeeping and laundry providers
LTC facilities can get reimbursed if they need extra staff through the Covid Crisis. I added an 8 hour shift daily.
Just me. We're independing living (for the most part)
@Deb ~ how do you find out more about that, to get extra staff reimbursed?
It is only me and another full time staff member in Activities. We have been BCA and PFA certified through Leading Age in my state. We are actually even going to get our CNA's, But sadly they are pulling us more on the floor than us doing actual activities
Just my assistant and I, and there are days that its just one of us to cover because we need to take are days off.
Just me too, with MHT help once in a while
By myself here at the moment. I had an assistant for the previous couple of months. One staff person is distributing the ice cream treats 2x/week.
Angelina and Ashley, I have been doing Saturdays alone for 5 years and at first I thought I had to see everyone and do big activities now I have relaxed and am happy if I have had a good interaction with a few people and linked others to another resident.
We do weekend activities but only 3 hours each day due to our budget that we have to follow
Yes Joan, very true!
yes, very true Joan
I came to my facility in Jan. 2020. There was no activity program in place. therefore, I had to start from scratch. I am IT....the only one in the dept. and we are so short staffed because no one wants to work for a paycheck, it is very hard to get to all the residents. Currently we have 30 with max occupancy at 74
I love what I do, even when there are crazy days.
My Memory Care Community Members just can't remember Social Distancing. They move their chairs close to each other. Frequent reminders help but we spend so much time explaining why we need to keep those 6 feet away and they seem to understand for about 10 minutes.
Joan - I had 1 person per activity yesterday -- but what about the other 70? The weather is nice and they are allowed to go out with their families, so some of my regulars aren't attending presently.
I love what I do as well....most days it is crazy! Especially when I get pulled to help in admin position
I would have to talk to my Admin. Anything that we have to purchase extra for our facility is reimbursable as well. Message me @ email@example.com and I'll try to find out more
Painter tape! I got permission from the ED and housekeeping to mark the carpet & floors. However, I'm still constantly moving the furniture back to the blue x's.
@Deb ~ thank you!
I do two groups a day with dayhab pts and starting with one group a day on the units with individual activites given to those who would like them all over the hospital
Brenda, I think even before the other 70 don't all want to do the same thing. Ideally there would be more cnas too so no one had to wait to use the bathroom. I can only meet so many needs a day. Luckily usually family visits are better activities than doing a group with me!!!
Weekends are on their own except for ice cream on Saturday afternoon and another staff person turns on a church service in the Theater on Sunday mornings.
unfortunately in Alaska, we have a very small window for outdoor concerts and movies!!!!!
outdoor movie would be great in LV at night! we have a pretty big courtyard
I am a certified act director and I left LTC to help open Adult Day cares. Then Covid came and I was laid off. then owner say not reopening. I was so glad I had my ADC, as I was able to go back to Activities in LTC. I am 60 Years old and not easy to job hunt. Out of 40 jobs applied only had 2 interviews as no one was hiring. I am very lucky.
Bringing drive in movie theatres back would be great! Hadn't thought of that. Now that we can watch movies at home, though, might lessen the market for it though.
@Sally thank Heavens! Yes, I have my ADC and using the last of these 6 CEU's today to recertify! Good luck to you.
@Sally Jenkins - You have a much better idea of what the culture for our seniors was!
Great presentation, Sarah and Charles! Thank you!
ooh drive in! that may work here soon (when we reopen a little more)
Kudos to you, Sally! I had one employer said they like to hire Baby Boomers because of our work ethic.
We used to do drive in movie nights in our court yard . Only in spring and fall so it would be dark enough but not too late.
How long have you currently been in your activity profession? I've been the director in my facility for 8 months :)
I am creating a document with all the comments from the webinars. If you want a copy please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 1/2 years
great info! believe it IS our time to reinforce the wellness model of service delivery
@Heather working in activities for almost 5 years
@Heather ~ great idea, I'll be emailing you. Thanks.
email@example.com copy of chat please
a little over 5 years now
31 years and OHHHH how everything has changed!
@Heather Allen, Thank You!
31 years! Good For You! :)
What technology do you use for outdoor movies?
Wow, I'm feeling old, I started as a volunteer in 1982, then assistant in 1979, director from 1983 on.
4 years as a director 12 years in recreation
i have been 21 years in adult day memory care...16 at my present center
OOPS volunteer 1972, then....
I have been in my position for 60 days today :-)
I have found that if I search long enough some one who lives or works in our facility will turn up who can provide what we need. Someone who is a deacon can give communion. someone who knows Spades can play with another person. Family member has mini horses.
Also, thank you Heather!
2 years started in a psych hospital which was amazing and now director at this rehab hospital
thank you Cathy!
Yes lost first interview I know because of my age. Later they called after they hired someone alse and she did not work out. I was happy to tell them I found a job and turn them down. I have worked activities 5 as assistant and 15 as director.
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@Heather Allen. I’ll be emailing you thanks
I have worked a CNA and Activity Director over the past 35 years.
Been in my position for almost a year! Been in the facility for many with volunteer work and interning. Most people are shocked when I say I'm only 20! Haha
Start with the person's preferences - so important!
Sally, the mental health peer movement would applaud our use of older adults helping older adults!
Blue Tape is a good idea. I will ask about it! Thanks!
My residents prefer in-person activities. Tried an on-line program and they said they didn't like it, so I went back to printing the slide show and leading a group discussion as we passed the pages around the group (6 feet apart & with masks!).
@ Sally - wish you'd come work with my company!!!!
It's very challenging in our sub acute respiratory clinic as most all rooms are isolation rooms, so can't really take in something not taking out, most all on vents/respirators who can/can't talk or can/can't move or can/can't talk. Anyone else who is experiencing this type of setting, please let me know as this is a more unique setting, would love to chat!
Thanks for all great messages
Yes, my residents prefer in person activities. Know your audience for sure!
Brenda! yes I learned as a therapist people prefer a real experience versus virtual reality. We crave true engagement.
I would love for someone to come up with a mask that our residents can see our mouths so they can read our lips.
they have those masks
darn internet keeps kicking me off
You can order them on Amazon.
I had a resident who, whenever she was angry if you said "Hey, play me a song on the piano" she would play a piece that she had memorized that embodied how she was feeling. She had been a concert pianist for years.
Yes they have one for lip readers
we use them for our hearing impaired folks
I think they have, Bernadette. I suggest googling it.