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Activities for Stay in Room and Restrictions related to COVID19


Using High Tech in your Activities: 


Here is a listing of ideas used by activity directors: 


Activity Directors are employing Echo plus a firestick to call families. It also can track the movement of the resident as they walk in their rooms and show families different items/things they have done in their room, share or play music during visits and answer questions.  Echo can also remind  the resident of when activities are happening... in otherwords it can be used as a cognitive enhancer.


Helping Residents to use and understand their SMART PHONES and set them up also for easy touch use to call family or to be used as cognitive enhancer reminding residents of events and activities that they are interested in. In addition, connecting the Smart Phone to a Smart TV which allows interactive TV experiences and an app to watch TV with their family members.  Watching a cartoon with your grandchildren or facetiming to have those precious family moments.


Most families are using Zoom visits and many facilities and hospitals have purchased extra laptops for visitation purposes.

An interact systems to use in your Facilities is the In2l system for Activity Directors. This system allows for calendar development that can be printed out and also posted on the facility interactive TV system.  It can have residents interact with the system and play Bingo and other activities with you from their rooms.  This is especially valuable during our covid19 restriction periods. Activity Directors using this system find the appointment scheduling for residents and the budget planning features to be very helpful and efficent.  Giving it high ratings, reducing their work loads, helping to keep everything organized and running smooth. 


Another system that has received good reveiws is the Town Crier previously know as the Touch Town.  This is a interactive facility internal announcement  TV system that allows for live readings,  movies presentations on a closed channel, recording and music presentations, annoucnement and has an app for remote family assess capability.  It also has a  feature for Activity Calendar programming with the ability to print and present the calendars on the screen, has budget, and appointment scheduling features. 


Hope these suggestions are helpful. The only concern I have is for the Echo system which can track movements and follow the resident in the room, this would need some supervision as we need to respect residents rights and privacy.  This would be something to discuss with the administration.  Although, families have reported that it is extremely helpful when the resident forget to stay within screen view when visiting.  


Other Covid Activites:  if you have an idea we will gladly share your successes to help others.


Here are some suggestions and ideas from other Activity Directors and Life Enrichment Directors to problem activities in this new restricted COVID19 Period.  Please note that any activity that you present in your programming must follow nursing requirements to ensure the safety of our residents and staff:


The Mystery Plate: Have the kitchen provide one dish on the meal tray that was not scheduled.  Then pass out a list of ingredients in that dish.  Have residents circle items they can taste in the dish.  Residents with the most correct ingredients win and can name the dish.  All residents can vote whether they would like it to be a regular item on the menu. 


Family Chats:  Set your to zoom sessions for families and residents to chat and share and be together on a regular basis.  This requires some time and planning.  But well appreciated by residents and families. 


Consignaire of the Hotel Visits:  Using your library trolley and activity carts deliver items that have been sanitized and will not be returned or given to others.  Books, magazines, crafts in a bag, puzzles, crosswords... etc.  All the great stuff we have in our closest for individuals to use and enjoy.  Delivered on a weekly or biweekly basis to keep residents engaged and mentally stimulated. 


Community Channel... Use your community channel for Games.  Announce a few bingo numbers every day 3x a day repeat the same numbers for a week until you have a winner. 


Other games to play on the community channel:  Name that price: select a year... then post pictures of items to name price of... You can send around game sheets for residents and staff to write in the price.  Entry with the right or closes price wins. 


Another game to play on the community channel are Jeopardy... the same idea and method as the Price is Right Game.


Finally, do a travel log on the community channel... Post several local photos of towns, parks, state monuments, or sites.  The resident who can write in the location wins.   


All these ideas are designed to connect with people, stimulate cognition and let people not they are important to us and not forgotten.  


With permission from the administrator.  Post pictures, notes, and signs outside the window of residents on the ground floors. 


Have musicians come and play in the gardens or in front of the communities.  Have staff open the window so everyone can hear the music. 


These are hard times, but we have had other diseases and virus that have put us in lockdown before and we will get thru this one too.  If you have any other ideas, you would like to post.  Please send them to me and I will get them up.  Be Strong, Be Safe. 


As Always, Connie Ratti





GO TO Google:  YouTube new channel handle is:  youtube.com/@connieratti1879


New Videos are available now for your FREE viewing on YouTube.  These are not for purchase but available to all to educate and improve the Activity Professional Field... use them... tell others about them.... tell us what other subjects you would like to know about... and we will produce it..... videos include; Modified Sports/Wheelchair Friendly, Easy to do Acts and Craft Ideas Part one and Part Two, Person Center Care Activities for bedside use and Activity Bags for the Lower Functioning, Unfair Hearing Test,  Visional Impairments, Volunteers, Resident Council, Behaviors, and more....all videos designed to help you meet the new dementia focus survey guidelines.  These videos will be incorporated into the new training classes, with demonstrations to better understand and function as an Activity Professional.  The field is changing with a stronger emphasis on Person-Centered Care, Cultural Changes, and the implementation of Dementia Focused Surveys and new regulations that are looking for activities as diversional treatments to mood and behavior issues... 

                                         What you do is more important than ever!



New Video:  Seniors and Sex, this video gives guidelines and regulatory requirements to ensure that seniors in Long Term Care will experience positive outcomes that are safe and appropriate sexual relationships that respect their interests and personal care plans. How to set up, implement and terminate the goal and approaches as health status changes or declines. YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/SzbCVvBfwG8


New videos coming this fall and winter: 

            Cultural Change and Competency

            QAPI Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement







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