April 29, 2020

More Ideas Keeping Your Residents Engaged and Happy While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Filed under: Caregivers,Retirement Community,Senior Activities,Senior Housing,Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 11:33 am

Senior Housing NewsWe can safely say we are in a holding pattern for several more weeks.

Keeping that in mind, you may find yourself in a constant state of working hard to keep things fresh within your communities.

It is now more important than ever to have a plan to engage, entertain and keep your residents and your staff active daily.

Please don’t forget to include the staff, it is more important than ever to keep them motivated and happy on the job.

Setting up a weekly schedule of themes, decorations, activities and engagement will make a difference.

Once again, your SeniorLivingGuide.com team have drafted a few more ideas to share with your Program Directors, Marketers and Admin staff. Get everyone involved. This can really be a fun time!

  1. Play Dear Abby & Dear Arnold – Get some poster Boards and Big Markers – Pick a Topic, (such as – How do you not get gray hair?  What’s the best way to lose weight? Best place to Honeymoon and why?  Best advice your mama gave. ) Take pics of residents holding signs with their advice – make a video of all their advice.  Send out on Social Media – email to families.
  1. Cook Off – Each Resident submits their favorite recipe (dessert/salad/veggie/main course) for the Chef to pick from–Or your Chef gets creative and puts out a list to be voted on by the residents for something fun at Lunch every Friday. Everyone votes and the Chef makes. Will help bring diversity to the menu and residents love food.
  1. Elf on the Shelf re-appears – Who says the elf has to be good all year, dig him out of the Christmas box and let him get into mischief. The night shift is responsible for his next naughty move. Residents will love looking for him each day when they go for a walk.
  1. Decorate your Door Day – Have your residents get creative – Wrapping Paper, Tin Foil, Pictures or Drawings – Use Butcher Plain Paper and let residents and staff write little notes to each other on the doors.
  1. Poker Run- 5 Card Stud – (make sure you know how many rooms/people are playing and how many decks you will need) At Breakfast Everyone gets their first card, Mid-morning a second card is dealt to each resident, Lunch a third, Mid-day a forth and Dinner the fifth card. Top four hands win prizes. If you do not want to spread it out over the day, it can be a hallway activity. (use a unique decorated back deck that no one has, here are some on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFCH1QM/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ZPEHEbEYBF7QJ ).
  1. If you allow Pets – Resident/Pet of the Week – Have residents submit picture and story – let others vote to elect a community “pet of the week” – Get a cute little toy for the Pet of the Week – Post Pics of pet and owner on Social Media with their story and share with others to post.
  1. Patio Play – With an amplifier or intercom system – Do Patio/Balcony Games – Simon Says is always a fun one, the fall back is Bingo but when you start thinking you can get creative. Have a Balcony/Patio Dance. – Check out what The Talbot on Granby did. https://www.facebook.com/TalbotOnGranby/videos/236927574117784/
  1. Shooting Range – Outside Time, set up tables (6 ft. apart) a bucket of water and some targets or empty water bottles as targets. Squirt gun competition – who doesn’t love a good squirt gun, always a party favorite.
  1. Window Paint day – Using the individual small trays of water color and a paint brush (38 sets for $39 on Amazon – Bulk Water Color Paint Party Pack)- Let Residents Paint their window. You can also set up one special window and tape it off to do the Stained Glass Window we have seen on Social Media.
  2. Show Horses – Its time to have a horse show- decorate brooms – get several employees to participate. Set up a silly obstacle course outside the building that is viewable from room windows. – Have the participating Staff ride the halls on their decorated brooms before the show. Outside have each Horseman weave in and out of lawn chairs, have little signs here and there “stop” “hop 3 times” “spin right spin to the left” “stop and tip your hat” get creative throw in some dance moves. Make it so everyone can enjoy from their window and cheer as the riders go by waving to the residents being silly and fun.

Last but Not Least – “Let’s Dance” – Your Staff need to enjoy the day as well, having your lunch servers break into a simple line dance or skit keeps things light and fun (don’t forget to get the video and post on Social Media)

If you do any of the activities that our SeniorLivingGuide.com staff has recommended, please share pictures or video with us by emailing to: dmahoney@seniorlivingguide.com. We would be happy to share your community’s story via social. We will tag your community if you so wish! Our social accounts can be a positive marketing extension of your brand during the Covid-19 pandemic. #weareallinthistogether

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April 20, 2020

How to Help Seniors Move to Their Assisted Living Community

Filed under: Assisted Living — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 8:17 am

By Brooke Chaplan

Moving your senior relative into an assisted living community is a huge decision, but it can help them to maintain their independence while receiving the care they need. However, your senior may need help choosing and moving into their new apartment. Use the following tips to help your senior loved one move into their assisted living community.

Research the Community

The first thing you want to do is research the community to ensure it is right for your senior. Use the website and reviews to learn everything you can about the community. You also want to schedule a tour of the entire community to get an idea of what it is like for residents.

moving into an ALFTour the Apartment

Most assisted living communities offer studio or bedroom apartments for seniors. Once you schedule a tour of the community, be sure to check out the vacant units to ensure they are safe and comfortable for your loved one. You may find it is a good decision to move your senior into this community, and your senior may be excited to move into their new place.

Hire A Moving Company

You also want to hire a moving company to help move your senior into their new apartment. There are plenty of companies that offer local and long distance movers. When you hire a moving company for your senior, you can rest assured that their items are insured. Their items are also in the hands of responsible movers who know the proper techniques for packing, loading and unloading boxes.

Help Your Senior Downsize

If your senior is moving from a home to an apartment, they may need help downsizing their items. Use this time to help your senior go through their items to determine what they are keeping, donating and discarding. If there are items they want to keep but do not have space for right now, you can always store them in your home or a storage unit.

Help Them Get Settled

Once your senior is moved into their new unit, make several visits to help them unpack their items. If you have moved in the past, you know that unpacking is just as tiring as packing. Your senior could use an extra set of hands to help them unpack, and you can spend more time with your loved one.

Your senior is going to need assistance from their family and movers when moving into an assisted living community. The best part is you can help them move on to a new chapter of their life.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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April 6, 2020

In the Senior Housing industry and hiring? We want to help you spread the word!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 2:50 pm

Senior Housing Employment Listings

These are trying times and we want to help in any way we can. Send us your job openings and we’ll help get the word out!

We will Eblast them to our data base of Industry Professionals.

We will Post them on our 13k+ Social Media followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Let us Help!

This offer is for everyone in the industry serving seniors.

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