& IDEA NUGGETS
All American Breakfast Month
Breakfast is a favorite meal of the elderly
resident. Many of them come from the days
when full breakfast meant bacon, ham,
steak, eggs, toast, pancakes, milk, juice,
coffee, sweet rolls as well as fruit and
cereal. Have a special "cooked to order"
breakfast for the men and/or the women.
This is a good time to visit an orchard. It is
a lot of fun to get the fresh air, taste the
apples and cider. If you can't get out...try
serving some cider and apple products to
your resident. This could be a group or
individual activity. Use apple decorations
and apple crafts. Serve apples in different
ways on different days.
Cable TV Month
Classical Music Month
many do...), play a tape or cd. If you have a
local orchestra or school of music, invite
them in for an afternoon or evening
concert. This could make an excellent
public relations/marketing event for your
facility. Serve wine and cheese.
Emergency Care Month
Invite the local EMS folks to come to your
facility and bring their practice dummy.
Have them demonstrate emergency
practices. Also let your residents take a
good look at the ambulance...most of them
will need its services at some time.
Healthy Aging Month
your residents to exercise and eat properly.
Bring in an aging expret...someone who
knows about the aging process and health
Library Card Sign
you or your residents need to get a library
card. Often the AD of the facility has a card
in the facility's name. Just be sure to keep
track of the books on loan so they don't get
Life Long Learning Month
in classes of interest at the public library...
or online (if possible). Some may want to
try correspondence courses...get their GED.
National Chicken Month
Decorate the facility in a chicken motif.
How about chicken served 5 different
ways. If you know someone locally who
raises chickens...invite them to bring some
in for the residents to see and touch. A
chicken or a chick to pet would make an
excellent one-on-one activity.
National Clock Lovers Month
Do you know a clock lover/collector in your
area? Invite them in to show a selection of
clocks to the residents. Many of the
residents will relate to some the collectible
of the forties and fifties.
National Coupon Month
Have the residents cut out coupons from
magazines and place them in a shoe box
for the staff and/or to search through and
National Courtesy Month
How about a small group gathering to
review and/or practice proper etiquette?
This could be a dress up, invitation, wear
your best hat sort of tea for the ladies.
Perhaps you can join this with a piano
recital or orchestral event.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Take time to allow your Hispanic residents
and staff to speak about their heritage.
Where their ancestors came from...how
they got here...traditions they practice, etc.
National Honey Month
Everybody likes the taste of honey. Invite in
a local beekeeper to give a demonstration
of how honey is collected and processed
National Piano Month
to play while the residents eat. Or you can
simply play piano music for the meals. It is
a great time for a piano concert. Take a
small electric keyboard from room to room
and play a melody for the resident.
Schedule a recital for an evening (contact a
local piano teacher for assistance).
National Rice Month
My favorite rice is brown rice. Use rice as a
craft item. Serve rice as a treat. Think...
spanish, Chinese, New Orleans, etc.
National Sewing Month
A sewing club would be an excellent
addition to the activity choices in your
facility. Many of the women (and the men,
too) have experience sewing. Material and
patterns can be donated. Perhaps you
could schedule mending days for the
residents. As you know, there is always
room for a good seamstress in a nursing
Do your residents read the newspaper?
Make sure a local newspaper is available
for all to access each day. Also, reading
from the local newspaper makes a good
room to room activity.
If possible, invite to local press in to talk
about the newspaper process from
reporting to distribution.
Organic Foods/Harvest Month
Samples, samples, samples.
Famous Weeks in
Mental Health Worker's Week
Honor your local Mental Health worker.
Invite them in to speak...have a small
reception. Award them a "special
recognition" certificate (be sure to frame the
National Assisted Living Week
National Health Care
Honor your Housekeeping staff by sending
them a card signed by the residents. Invite
them to share in an activity that honors
Hearing Aid Awareness Week
Check everybody's hearing aide's and
make sure they are working.
National 5-A-Day Week
National Adult Day Services Week
You can recognize the work of various
services supported by your local Area
Agency on Aging (like Adult Day Care,
Senior Citizen's Center, Meals on Wheels,
etc.) Cards and kind words work wonders
(and are excellent marketing tools).
National Laundry Worker's Week
without honoring laundry workers. (See
National Health Care Housekeeping Month
Awareness Celebration Week
Here's an opportunity for your in-house
therapy departments to address the
residents. Encourage rehab and its
residents know about this week.
Licensed Practical Nurses' Week
Honor your LPN's this week (and don't say
LPN stands for "little play nurse"). As you
know, you need all the PR help you can get
to keep on the good side of nursing. How
about a button that says "The Activity
Department Loves LPN's"...or something to
National Singles Week
(Sorry...I have no idea what to do!)
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