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  Bored Residents - CallahanVillage - 03/14/2012 09:25 AM
       bored residents - ErikaWa- 03/14/2012 11:07 AM
       bored residents - hillview- 03/14/2012 12:16 PM
       adult crafts - kotoole- 03/14/2012 01:22 PM
           tug toys - Micki- 03/20/2012 04:45 AM
               tug toys for dogs - kotoole- 03/21/2012 10:08 AM
       Thank You! - CallahanVillage- 03/14/2012 02:09 PM
           mike - activities- 03/19/2012 01:05 PM
       adult programs - Hart- 03/19/2012 09:18 PM
       bored residents - New England AD- 03/21/2012 11:37 AM
       Thank You! - CallahanVillage- 03/21/2012 02:45 PM



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CallahanVillage

Registered:
12/30/11
Posted 03/14/2012 09:25 AM

My ED just told me that the residents are bored! Help!! They don't seem to like games and they will do some crafts but I need non childish crafts.  Any Ideas???



ErikaWa

Registered:
04/05/10
Posted 03/14/2012 11:07 AM

Connect with your PT/OT for getting ideas and motivations for the residents. I find that residents will do most anything if they think it will be beneficial (like stacking blocks as high as possible for eye-hand coordination, or digging through sand for objects, or doing a memory tray with various objects that is covered with a cloth and uncovered to have folks memorize and write down what was on the tray)for their physical or memory enhancement.

hillview

Registered:
10/22/09
Posted 03/14/2012 12:16 PM

do you have a gift shop in your facility? My residents have made greeting cards from old greetings where they just cut out the picture on the front of an old card and paste it to the front of new card stock--when you open the card, it is left blank for people to write a note. These sell rather well in a bazaar. Or if they are more advanced in their abilities, you could do scrapbooking and make the cards. I recently saw at a bazaar where you can take a steno notebook and cover the front of the book with a decoration of some kind like pretty card stock from scrapbooking and maybe a flower pedal design and they were selling pretty good. We made stuffed bells and hooked them together (2 bells) made 12 of those and they all sold in 30 minutes. You would be surprised just how well balloon badmitton goes over especially with 60's to 80's fast music! Bible studies for both catholic and non-catholics have been good for us. We have a man come in with karaoke and they love him. I had several residents look through old magazines and tear out the pictures of children. then I asked the residents to paste one photo onto the middle of a colored piece of typing paper. next we sat around and made up one caption that seemed to fit the picture and wrote it onto the paper around the photo. Then we put them into plastic sleeves and stuck them into a notebook. I told the residents it would be a working tool for the activity staff to use for 1:1's this made them feel useful--we have made several others too that involve different foods, houses, and animals and vacation places. They liked doing that. Hope this is helpful.

kotoole

Registered:
07/27/10
Posted 03/14/2012 01:22 PM

I get a majority of my crafting projects from pinterest.com. We are gearing up for a spring craft show and pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration for me. Here are some links to projects we have made and are going to be selling at our craft fair:

http://blueprintcrafts.com/2010/04/tile-coaster-tutorial/

http://www.joann.com/static/corp/prkit_spring12/pdf/vase.pdf

http://www.etsy.com/listing/68489847/yarn-wreath-felt-handmade-door?ref=v1_other_1

http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com/2010/08/homemade-air-freshener.html

http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2011/09/lace-tiles.html

http://www.marthastewart.com/270313/felted-bead-jewelry?czone

http://keepinglifecreative.com/tutorial/diy-felt-bloom/ glue a pin finding on the back and you have a nice brooch. 

 

we've also made tie blankets for project linus and tug toys for dogs. my residents really get into a project when they know its going towards a worthwhile cause. 



Micki

Registered:
03/18/11
Posted 03/20/2012 04:45 AM

Where can i go to get tug toy ideas?



kotoole

Registered:
07/27/10
Posted 03/21/2012 10:08 AM

what we did was take six strips of fleece and braid them together. secure the braid with a sturdy knot at the ends of the toy.  i wouldn't use anything that frays easily because the strands  can get stuck in a dog and can be difficult for them to pass



CallahanVillage

Registered:
12/30/11
Posted 03/14/2012 02:09 PM

These are Fantastic Ideas!!! Thank you so much!! I also need ideas that are not crafts.

activities

Registered:
03/19/12
Posted 03/19/2012 01:05 PM

You can do games like name that tune, and have them guess the names of the songs around there time. If you are able to afford it, have some one come and play music for your residents. don't pay more than $75.00 for an hour.

Have a forum serve refreshments and ask your residents what kind of activities they would liketo have. Then sort through the comments and stucture activities around what they like.

mike

 



Hart

Registered:
01/11/12
Posted 03/19/2012 09:18 PM

Hello We have 45, 60-102year old, frail participants a day from various backgrounds. Some were university professors, professional musicians, business people, pipefitters and housewives. One of our painters runs a painting class. Another one plays music for all of us. We have a trivia game called "Smart Ass" that came from Toys-R-Us. Our people like interactive, reminiscence games like "Shake Loose a Memory" and "Shake Loose the Truth", and Penny Poker. "Reach" a non-competitive reminiscence game is a new one that we just got and they love it. We also use PowerPoint presentations that go with Front Porch travel, Music Matters, Who Am I?, What Am I?, Activities for the Soul, Let’s Talk, Reading and Writing, and a puzzle PPT that I call Scattergories made from the AC website. Also any program that has food or music goes well. Good luck Karen

New England AD

Registered:
03/23/10
Posted 03/21/2012 11:37 AM

My ED just told me that the residents are bored! Help!! They don't seem to like games and they will do some crafts but I need non childish crafts.  Any Ideas???

- CallahanVillage



CallahanVillage

Registered:
12/30/11
Posted 03/21/2012 02:45 PM

I love all these ideas, you guys have been very helpful! So my other question is how do you get your residetns to participate in the activities? I usually only have 3-5 at a time :( and I have about 70 residents at the moment. Does anyone have any tricks lol