Current Activities in Longterm Care
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See what other Activity Director’s are doing to make their residents happy!

CJ Liar’s club

audience for a show of hands for the panelist they thought told the truth.
audience for a show of hands for the panelist they thought told the truth.


Some suggested items: an old tool used on the farm for an unusual task; a 14-inch stick with a
notched end for the driver of a car to help him unlock the passenger side door lock without
scrambling over to that side; an unusual shoulder shawl that looks like anything but.

We ended up one program showing those tubes used when signaling for help on the freeway.
They glow chemically when bent and broken. We doused the auditorium lights and all panelists
waved the lighted tubes. You should have heard the lies for these signal tubes! -
Barbara
Wolfe, Columbus, OH.

Valentine celebration

For Valentine’s Day, we invited a local Girl Scout troop to help us celebrate. Each scout was
given half a paper heart with a number on it and instructed to find the resident with the other
half. The two people with matching hearts were partners for the evening.

On one wall was a large heart made out of smaller hearts. The smaller hearts were numbered.
The resident chose a number which represented a bag. The scout would then bring the
designated bag to the resident. In the bag was an object that could be identified by touch only.
The scout aided in providing hints when the resident was having difficulty. The resident was
able to keep whatever he or she identified in the paper bag.

For refreshments we had Red Zinger tea and pink heart shaped cookies made by the
residents the day before The scouts ended the day by presenting each resident with an
individually addressed Valentine’s Day card.
Rhonda S Feuerstein, St. Cloud, MN.

Guest books

Did you ever have resident tell you that no one ever comes for a visit? One solution: a guest
book. We made them on craft day. Usually everyone made their own - adding that personal
touch - but some especially talented residents enjoyed making extras for those who were
unable to make ones for themselves.

To make a guest book fold one 18" x 12" sheet of construction paper in half. Glue a sheet of
white paper on the inside for names of guests and dates visited. When one page is filled with
names, simply staple another sheet over it. Decorate the covers with old cards, yams, sequins,
rick rack, ribbon, wrapping paper, etc. We used a piece of yarn and hung each one on the
wall. This helped visitors remember to sign the books if the residents forgot to ask. This idea is
good for reality orientation, and initiating a conversation with the resident. -
Susan Halverson,
Clintonville, WI.

Paperback book club

Several of our residents were avid paperback book readers. These residents were fast
readers and found themselves with quite a collection of books over a short period of time. In
order to share this resource of reading material, we developed the Paperback Book Club.

Staff, residents and family members were asked to donate any paperbacks they might want to
get rid of and be put to good use. After the books had been collected, a list was compiled of
the books available; the author of each and a short summary of every book. This was
distributed to interested residents. Twice a week the activities director went to the rooms of
club members and þasked them if they had chosen a book to read. Once a book was chosen,
it was brought to the resident and checked off the list.

This served as a multipurpose activity. Many of the residents who did not like to leave their
rooms found an activity they could participate in. Some residents also began getting together
to discuss the books they had read. -
Anna M. Wegand, Charleston, NC.
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