March 26, 2020

10 Ideas, Tips and Tricks Keeping Your Residents Engaged and Happy While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Filed under: Caregivers,Senior Activities,Senior Housing — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 2:59 pm

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By Karen Cassidy

I shake my head when I see that we are using the words “community” “distance” and “social” in one sentence.

This is our new reality, at least for the time being, and it is important to keep seniors engaged and active. One of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we are doing our best to make sure that this crisis does not affect them emotionally as well.

We all know about FaceTime, Skype and other video visits with family, which are imperative. Maybe you are even doing visits through a glass window. Putting aside the family visits through electronics and glass windows, are you able to get creative with games, fun, laughter and interaction in the other times with so much on your plate?

Are you sharing the fun times and activities that you are having on your social media?

Social Media allows you to connect and share your most authentic community experience with your families and future residents.

We know that marketing right now is hard to do the traditional way. In this ever changing environment, we are forced to learn new ways to effectively engage with our audience.

These caregivers and family members are checking out your social media to see what you are doing now. If you are not sharing, are you shortchanging them?

Sharing on your Social media through images, video, and stories will not only connect your current residents’ family with their loved ones, but it will work to benefit your community in the future. Future residents will look at your social media and how you dealt with this pandemic and the activities that took place in your community as part of their decision.

Make it work for you in the future.  Our future families will be asking us about how we handled this time.

Do not forget that while we are in very strange days, marketing your community does not stop. How you market just changes.

We have loved seeing all the different ideas from all over the country shared on Social Media, our Team at SeniorLivingGuide.com has a few ideas of our own that we will be sharing with you. We hope that these are great ideas to help get your creative juices flowing and help provide quality content for your social while making happy, healthy, smiling residents!

Ideas or happy, healthy, and smiling Residents and Staff!

    1. Joke of the Day – When staff clock in, have a clipboard on the wall with Corny/Cheesy jokes – each member of the staff picks a joke a day and crosses it off the list and as they go through their day they share their corny joke of the day with everyone they meet.  (check out https://www.quickfunnyjokes.com/cheesy.html)
    2. Staff Dress Up Days – fun and whimsical for everyone (Residents can vote for their favorite Staff Member “Dress Up”)
    3. Hat Day for Residents – everyone can decorate their hat/crown – a member of staff goes around and snaps pictures – if you have a closed channel on TV post the pictures here for everyone to enjoy – post to social media (Amazon – Crowns 40 for $15 or Gangsta hats 24 for $15)
    4. Mustache Day – staff and/or residents wears a stick on mustache (amazon pkgs of 60 are 8.99) – take more pics and social media them. Print up a collage and share with residents.
    5. Resident Newsletter – If you do not have a Resident Newsletter now is the time to start one. Let the residents share pictures, recipes, stories and other items of interest in a weekly 2-3 page newsletter.
    6. Balloons – Anything you do with balloons is always fun until they pop. Plastic Fly Swatters from the Dollar Tree and some Balloons make a nice Mock Tennis game and you can maintain social distance – clear a spot in the dining room for a fun game or two. Do you have a helium tank? Do a four-five balloon bouquet and take to each resident’s room. Just having balloons make everyone happy.
    7. Storyteller… Do you have residents that are great storytellers? Readers? Put them on the intercom let them read a little story, tell a little tale. Set up a sign in sheet for those that want to participate or they can tell a joke.
    8. 6pm News Broadcast – Have residents put together the weather report for the next day, highlights of daily news inside the community and around the world. Could make it only good news “news” and put them on the intercom or closed circuit TV.
    9. Mystery Pen Pals – Program Director takes the names of those that want to participate – assign each person a “Game Name” i.e.: Doris Johnson – Game Name is Winnie the Pooh. (use Disney names/star Trek/or old rockers like Elvis) Winnie the Pooh goes into the hat – each person picks a mystery name to write to. Therefore, Winnie the Pooh may pick Donald Duck out of the hat. They cannot share their real name. At the end of the week if you have a close-knit community they can try to guess who they were pen paling with or you can post a page with pictures and their mystery name and real name.
    10. Outside Fly Time – When residents go outside to enjoy the sunshine have some balsa wood airplanes available – throwing them and retrieving them is great exercise and a lot of fun. (I love amazon – 36 Balsa-Wood Top Gun Glider Model Planes for $44 and you can spray with alcohol to sanitize)

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March 17, 2020

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:35 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

** Online Services Remain Available **

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services. social security administration logo

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.  We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.

If you need help from Social Security:                                                       

  • First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.
  • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
  • If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing.  Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone.  Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).  Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

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