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  Bingo Prizes - Culveract - 12/29/2009 10:12 AM
       bingo prizes - shazgro- 12/30/2009 04:29 AM
       Bingo Prizes - Life Enrichment- 12/30/2009 05:39 AM
       vikishell - vikishell- 12/30/2009 08:25 AM
           Ticket BINGO Prizes! - lifeenriched- 01/01/2010 12:14 PM
               reply - Culveract- 01/03/2010 09:12 AM
                   Bingo prizes North Carolina - Elder Watch- 05/23/2010 10:36 AM
               Funny Money - rlec- 04/10/2010 02:48 PM
       Activities - The Haven- 01/16/2010 09:19 AM
       Stuffed Animals - 8397- 01/22/2010 09:26 AM
       Anna @ The Haven in Kerrville - Menger- 01/28/2010 11:12 AM
       b - sullivan- 02/19/2010 02:28 PM
       Frugality and Bingo - N/A- 03/27/2010 04:36 PM
       Coupons - lo- 03/28/2010 06:28 AM
       stephanie choate-activity director - 54712- 04/08/2010 08:11 AM
       Bingo Prizes - donnahoov- 05/23/2010 09:08 AM



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Culveract

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 12/29/2009 10:12 AM

Hi,

I am new to the activities dept. (2 weeks) I have been reading some of the forums and they have given me good ideas. Im in need to "freshin up" the bingo prize cart. Currently we have candy, beaded necklaces, fruit and beanie babies. There havent been any complaints about the prizes, but I noticed that the prizes have been the same for quite some time. Do you guys have any ideas?



shazgro

Registered:
12/07/09
Posted 12/30/2009 04:29 AM

I have just put out a call to staff to donate any unwanted Christmas gifts like boxes of chocolate or talcum powder etc for bingo prizes.



Life Enrichment

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 12/30/2009 05:39 AM

We typically buy a variety of items at the dollar store to stock the cart; playing cards, craft supplies, stuffed animals, word puzzle books, make up, jewelry, reading lamps, etc.  In addition we offer chips or chocolate or a $1 cash prize for each game won.  Any donations of such items also get used as prizes.  

We previously gave out strictly quarters for bingo prizes, and fifty cents for the jackpot round, but the residents stated "inflation should effect everyone" and asked for a little more money;)



vikishell

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 12/30/2009 08:25 AM

Hello

I am an Activity Director in Alabama in a 98 bed rehab facility. Our Resident's wait on the bingo days. It is possibally our favorite activity. Our bingo treats are Little Dabbie snack cakes and candy bars. Our resident's love the snack along with playing the game!

Anybody got anything they are trying new this year? I am always up for new ideas!!



lifeenriched

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 01/01/2010 12:14 PM

Hello

I am an Activity Director in Alabama in a 98 bed rehab facility. Our Resident's wait on the bingo days. It is possibally our favorite activity. Our bingo treats are Little Dabbie snack cakes and candy bars. Our resident's love the snack along with playing the game!

Anybody got anything they are trying new this year? I am always up for new ideas!!

- vikishell


I am the Manager at a 36 apt Assisted Living Community in IA and we implemented a ticket program for BINGO as well as ALL activities.  Everytime someone attends an activity they receive a ticket and when they win BINGO they get an additional ticket.  At the endof the month we do a prize auction and it has everything from snacks to gloves...At Christmastime we tailored the auction to include gifts for family members and it went very well.  The residents bid on the items just like an auction and they can get very competetive.  Its great and they requested to continue this system.  As an ativity, the residents made ticket pockets to hang in their apartments so they don't lose them.



Culveract

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 01/03/2010 09:12 AM

Hello

I am an Activity Director in Alabama in a 98 bed rehab facility. Our Resident's wait on the bingo days. It is possibally our favorite activity. Our bingo treats are Little Dabbie snack cakes and candy bars. Our resident's love the snack along with playing the game!

Anybody got anything they are trying new this year? I am always up for new ideas!!

- vikishell


I am the Manager at a 36 apt Assisted Living Community in IA and we implemented a ticket program for BINGO as well as ALL activities.  Everytime someone attends an activity they receive a ticket and when they win BINGO they get an additional ticket.  At the endof the month we do a prize auction and it has everything from snacks to gloves...At Christmastime we tailored the auction to include gifts for family members and it went very well.  The residents bid on the items just like an auction and they can get very competetive.  Its great and they requested to continue this system.  As an ativity, the residents made ticket pockets to hang in their apartments so they don't lose them.

- lifeenriched


I absoloutey love this idea. Im also trying to increase activity attendance and this is a great way to start. I may try to implement this idea this year.



Elder Watch

Registered:
12/09/09
Posted 05/23/2010 10:36 AM

I get the churches to donate prizes.  We paly for .25 per game a dollar full board.  Can soda's diet and regular, candy, stuff animals, and toiletry items shampoo, deodorant, soap etc...



rlec

Registered:
04/10/10
Posted 04/10/2010 02:48 PM

I am starting something similar next month.  We are calling ours "Funny Money".  I don't plan on using the "Funny Money" for all my Bingo activities.  I still plan on doing prizes on some days and quarters on others.  But I am planning on the participants earning "Funny Money" for exercises and other games on days when we have a lower attendance.  They always want to participate in an activity if there is a prize and this will be a way to have less prizes and create another activity, "The Funny Money Auction".  I also plan on having a running tally of the "Top Funny Money Earners" posted on our bulletin board. This will be ongoing for 2 months.  At the end of the two months the participants will get play money to auction with.  I am also encouraging them to put suggestions in the Suggestion Box as to what items they would like to see.  I do plan on have 2-3 big auction items valued at 10-20 dollars taken from their suggestions.  I hope they like it and I am so excited to get it started!  

Hello

I am an Activity Director in Alabama in a 98 bed rehab facility. Our Resident's wait on the bingo days. It is possibally our favorite activity. Our bingo treats are Little Dabbie snack cakes and candy bars. Our resident's love the snack along with playing the game!

Anybody got anything they are trying new this year? I am always up for new ideas!!

- vikishell


I am the Manager at a 36 apt Assisted Living Community in IA and we implemented a ticket program for BINGO as well as ALL activities.  Everytime someone attends an activity they receive a ticket and when they win BINGO they get an additional ticket.  At the endof the month we do a prize auction and it has everything from snacks to gloves...At Christmastime we tailored the auction to include gifts for family members and it went very well.  The residents bid on the items just like an auction and they can get very competetive.  Its great and they requested to continue this system.  As an ativity, the residents made ticket pockets to hang in their apartments so they don't lose them.

- lifeenriched


 



The Haven

Registered:
11/19/09
Posted 01/16/2010 09:19 AM

Hello,

My name is Anna and I'm at The Haven in The Texas Hill Country in Kerrville, Tx.

For Bingo prizes I give out sinlge popcorn bags, stationary, journals, jewelry, candy, snacks, as well as stuffed aniimals, little figurines you can buy at the dollar store. They enjoy them alot. Being our res. are all alzheimers/dementia there isn't alot they can have as prizes. If you have any ideas please let me know. thank You allways looking for new activities.

Anna


 



8397

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 01/22/2010 09:26 AM

We just had an issue with Life Safety inspection and one of his many comments was "too many stuffed animals".  Anyone else have this problem?



Menger

Registered:
10/22/08
Posted 01/28/2010 11:12 AM

Hey Anna

I am the Activities Director at the Cibolo House in Boerne,....call me or email me at dmazon@gvtc.com and we can share ideas and entertainment since we both specialize in the same setting....Alzheimer's Dementia Assisted Living.

 

And I am new to Texas (from Ohio) and can use so resources for our area.

 

Thanks
Donna Mazon



sullivan

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 02/19/2010 02:28 PM

Try different types of Bingo ----- Chocolate Bingo (chocolate gifts)     Nifty Gifty Bingo (Small gifts)  Regular Bingo as quarters and dollars as prizes.   Think out of the box.



N/A

Registered:
11/13/07
Posted 03/27/2010 04:36 PM

I lurk here a lot and rarely post, but a thought just occured to me today that may help out a lot of other Activity Directors when trying to obtain bingo prizes without breaking the bank.

One of my hobbies outside of work is strategic couponing.  I have been able to reduce my personal grocery bill by more than 60% and realized that the same frugality tactics can be applied at work to help stretch the budget. 

Many of our residents enjoy the trial-sized toiletries as bingo prizes and the other day when picking things up I realized that Target and Walmart have name-brand toiletries in the travel/trial-size aisle that match up to many of the coupons I had collected.  Things like St. Ives facial cleansers and body wash, tide stain remover to go pens, dove hair spray, etc.  Unless a coupon states a minimum size or outright excludes the purchase of trial-size items you can use the coupon on that item.  I had a ton of $1.00 off coupons and matched them up to items that were .97 at Target and got them all for free.  People are always saying, "hey you should get bingo prizes at Dollar Tree" and sometimes I do because getting things for a dollar is good, but getting things for .50 or FREE is way better and stretches the activity budget for miles.  (I had a lot of coupons because I routinely buy 4 or 5 newspapers on Sundays and while that sounds funny, the coupon circulars in those papers more than pay for the cost of buying them if you use the coupons strategically.)

Another helpful idea is getting information from blogs that post about free samples opportunities.  www.heyitsfree.net is a good source, as is www.freemania.net.  Sometimes the samples take a few weeks to arrive, but it's free cool stuff. 

So, I hope this is helpful to some folks and can provide even more opportunities for a great variety of bingo prizes!

 

Thanks for letting me share!



lo

Registered:
05/11/09
Posted 03/28/2010 06:28 AM

Just thought I'd pass this on to the "Lurker" about coupons. I strike deals with convenience stores to let me take all the coupons from unsold Sunday papers. Not only do we get a ton of coupons, but my high functioning Residents cut them out and we place a basket of coupons in the staff breakrooms. The Residents feel empowered that they are providing a service. Some stores may not go for this because they have to bundle and return unsold papers. One Gas Station convenience store does that and puts them in a dumpster for the newspaper distributor to pick up. I rummage through the dumpster and get what I can. They are OK with that, especially when I tell them it helps our Alzheimer Residents to keep busy.

54712

Registered:
08/22/07
Posted 04/08/2010 08:11 AM

i obtain alot of our bingo prizes @ garage sales.  i also request prizes in our "wish list" that goes out to the care givers monthly.  recently we asked for donations of prizes on facebook



donnahoov

Registered:
01/11/08
Posted 05/23/2010 09:08 AM

Dime Day Bingo

Quarter Day Bingo

Achoo Bingo- Different size tissue boxes ( Great during cold season)

Candy bar bingo( Stock up after major holidays like halloween, christmas and easter when it is 50/90% off)

Cup Of ? Bingo ( Hand out coupons that say" Cup of ______" and the resident fill in the blanks with things like nuts, ice cream, jelly beans, M&M's, Pickles, Grapes. Gives them a chance to choose their prizes and the answers are contagous so after the game one or two people will say what they want in their cups and the rest want that too.  You can make it multiple choice to set limits.)

Yummy Bingo ( snack or cookie packs)