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Same announcement made on Friday in NJ
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SC is allowing closed window visits so long as family members are not in areas where residents or staff regularly traverse.
Yes and we even have families who hear of visiting in other places and then ask us. Us in LA County of Calif, not close yet.
Us in So. Cal getting tested weekly for Staff and Patients
Ohio is testing all staff in nursing homes. The national guard came in today and tested all employees
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small groups have changed my mind about thinking that more is better. It is difficult perhaps to repeat the same group 6 times a morning but it is much more gratifying to see how people can link with each other in a distanced group of 2 or 4 whereas a larger group the focus is much more on me or the entertainer. It is like what schools do with desks not faced one way but small work groups
Any one here from NY?
Live Broadcasting is awesome, but when your company will not permit it, it truly limits those who cannot.
I'm struggling a lot with the different restrictions because we don't have broadcasting abilities in our facility and we aren't allowed to do even small group activities yet. It's been incredibly frustrating to try and get my folks social needs met daily.
Good Morning from Orlando, Florida
linda I agree, also many of our residents can not hear or focus on the screen like they would in person. That is why television is not an activity for all people just for those who benefit from it.
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More details on the live broadcasting please....
Theresa, I am from NY. :)
@Kimberly ~ yes, it is a daily challenge. I can't do the live broadcasting. All the staff is working harder to meet the needs and interests of our residents. We are in a 110 bed facility that is a respiratory clinic, and most of our patients are on vents/respirators, O2.
Margaret from Rhode Island
Pioneer Network has a resource called the ABCs of Combatting Social Isolation that includes resources from many organizations and individuals. The link to access this free resource is: https://www.pioneernetwork.net/resource-library/
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Linda, we have a 102 bed facility and only 6 activites staff (two of whom are part time) including myself and a dementia program director. I've been working insane amount of hours to get everything done.
@Kimberly I'm sure! It's even harder for us, as many patients can't even get out of bed who are on Vents and couldn't even see us if in the hallways. I hear ya!
Hi. iM Holly from PA. i have no sound :(
that's so frustrating for sure
Every Friday we have a 'Dance Hall Friday' and so many residents have said that it makes their week! We just dance like fools in the halls with them and then we normally hand out popcorn or some other sweet treat. Anything to make them smile and forget what is going on in the outside world... even just for a minute.
We do walkie talkie BINGO. The residents love it.
I feel your pain....Me and a staff of two....very rare all three at same time/day to accommodate all schedules....weekends only one of us is on!
"Life happening" would be great....unfortunately corporate pressures! I can't be the only one who has to deal with this!
yes life happening! That is the way of the future! Using what people want in the moment and what they can use as their strengths. Less busy work, more helping each other. Residents rise to the occasion if we listen to them.
totally agree it should be the new norm! Yet the corporate machine doesn't always see it like this!
omg yes resident artwork! We have been forbidden from hanging it up because some people think it is messy. I advocate but I can't break the wall.
While under apartment quarantine, I did Bingo every 15 minutes all day due to the floorplan of the building and residents having to stay just inside the doorway. Even with a sound system, it was frustrating for the residents because they couldn't see each other.
This forum is fantastic! Everything you are saying I am experiencing! So glad (I think LOL) I am not the only one!!!!
The way we are working now is not in compliance with how the DOH has asked us to do it in the past. We have been doing piece work. Each elder is working on one component of a project.
I have also been told that my resident artwork is messy or childish and not to display but we are a memory care only building and they really perk up love seeing their work around! It hurts my heart I can't show it all off
We made a rock village, each elder painting a rock of something you would find in a village. It came out cute. I tried pasting a pic.
I am one of those people that got "permanently eliminated"- my last day is this Thursday :(
We have an art display hall way my executive director was totally on board with it. we have art c;lass and people can walk the hall and visit like a museum ect
In So. Cal we have 2 rooms designated for Covid people if we get them, or PUIs.
Malea- what if you took pictures of the residents holding their artwork and then made a slide show that plays? technically it wont be 'displayed' but the residents still get to see it!
We have a window display case, and that is where I put our resident artwork and decorate it for the season as well. Many staff and residents loved to see this.
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@MaleaMashburn Do a program on Abstract Expressionism. I did this to bystep participation objections of people who claimed they cant draw. Great resources online at Metropolitan Museum of Art and art teachers websites
Activity connection is also a good resources for different activity ideas.
It's hard, in the building I work for, it holds 120 residents, our census is low 83 residents. 29 of them are in isolation do to COVID. My assistant and I have to be creative to provide activities that hall. Its been a challenge. We provide adult coloring, work sheets (sudoku, cross word puzzles, word search, cryptograms, etc) reading materials (magazines, books, short stories, daily chronicles, etc) art supplies, snacks, treats, music programs (Ipods), jigsaw puzzles, etc. In our regular halls my assistant and I use an amplifier so residents can hear us when were calling out bingo and they are in their rooms. one-to-one games in rooms, and mobile Karaoke ( which staff really enjoy because they are time they feel down the weather and when we sing their spirits go up). Its only my assistant and I that take care of activities; any other activity ideas to ad to my Activity Calendar I would greatly appreciate it.
Kristin Goldstrom Oeder
As an Administrator I would never consider laying off my Activities professionals - we need them more now than ever. The 1:1 visits, window visits, outside time that is one at a time - it takes even more time than groups
its absolutely a harmful culture for buildings to not hang resident artwork because its "messy". We are dealing with physically and cognitively impaired folks who will have "bad" artwork. It's so harmful to hide their artwork that they're proud of
At my previous job in a nursing home, the new administration had us display the Christmas tree with the ornaments that the residents had made in an activity room as far away as possible from the public areas. The tree by the front door was decorated as per "House Beautiful." Perfectly gorgeous, but impersonal.
I am running out of ideas. Many of my residents say I can't do anything for them or they are fine, and I don't know what I can provide for them. Others want groups all the time, and I can have small small groups of maybe 3 or 4, but then those same residents want to be in the group always and it hurts me to say they can't so others can participate, but they get the most out of it. I am having a hard time reaching everyone and providing activities they will like. If I brought snacks and drinks all the time they would be happy but I need to do more.
@Kristin ~ you are so right! Thank you for saying that! We are much more busy in my 110 bed facility with 1x1 visits, 1x1 out of room visits for some patients by station, and 1x1 out of room patients from therapy. It's a daily working challenge. Much more time is spent by each of us daily, vs. when we had groups and 1x1 visits.
We had a fun time doing the "Masked Singer". I asked several staff to sing a song or part of over the PA system. I asked the elders to try to identify the singer, the song and the original artist. Prizes were given for the highest scores. Staff and elders loved it.
one building we are associated with did a fishing game that I am in love with. It as basically a little swimming pool that has bags of chips and snacks on the bottom with magnets attached and residents can go fishing for the snacks they want.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for BINGO details
From Terri Ellinger of The Parc at Joliet in Illinois
Denise M. Leandri
love the fishing idea !
@stephanie we did the same, but had jokes on some others just sad winner. We used paper fish with paper clips on the end.
I have been doing portraits of my residents in about twenty minutes a session that they are loving and putting it in a binder in our lobby. Getting their permission of course. Enjoying using my artistic talent and making them happy too. From Terri Ellinger
At the nursing home we were only allowed to hang their artwork in their room. Previously we had a hallway bulletin board for resident art. The residents were so proud to show their work to each other and their families/visitors. Then HR took over the bulletin board to introduce the new staff.
THAT'S AWESOME, THANK YOU LINKED SENIOR & ALL!!!
Love the fishing idea and singing in PA system. Thank you:)
Thank you Alisa and Dawn, and Charles!