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Started December 1996

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I work on an inpatient Physical Rehabilitation unit and we provide barbecues for the following holidays: Memorial Day and 4th of July. On Christmas Eve we bake Christmas cookies all day. The patients can take some to share with their family when they come to visit. We have also carved pumpkins on Halloween. Messy, but the patients enjoyed it and had fun
Posted by anonymous
Saturday, August 02, 2008 at 16:12:21 (CDT), IP Address: 67163175144
I work at a good size nursing home with good family involvement. Twice a year (Prom and Christmas) we have a large party with the residents and two guests of their choice. The residents make invitiations, mail them, have a decorating committee, are given a budget, and plan a menu. This year for christmas we had a record breaking number of guests who enjoyed polka all night long. Families are always so suprised that they are having fun with their loved ones in a NURSING HOME!!!!!
Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 22:06:16 (CST)
Winter Wonderland Bingo (or any holiday theme) ~Having cards with 4 columns with a color for each column. ~Having 4 holiday related pictures under each column so there is a total of 16 squares. ~Calling out color and picture combinations and having participants color in the square with the same color marker should they have it. For example:"Red Candycane" Paricipants would then look in their red column to see whether or not they have a candycane. If they do, they use their red marker to color in the square. ~To win, one should have 4 in a row, up and down, diagonally, or to make the game last longer, having them fill in the whole card. ~Great game for picture and color recognition! ~Giving prizes is fun too!
Melissa Cook
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 09:40:31 (CST)
Valentine Sweetheart Dinner Spouces of residents and son or daughter make reservations for dinner for two. The dinning room is transformed in a elequent resturant. Lights are dimmed,candles, long stem roses are placed on the table. Dietary staff and servers are dressed in red commberbuns,bow tie,tuxedo shirts. The activity dept were the hostess and as family came in with the resident,they are escorted to their table. The Local school came and brought their violins and went around to the tables and played soft romantic music. I even had several residents that started dancing with their spouce or son. It was a very fullfilling activity not only for the residents and families but also for the staff, for they were able to see a different side of the residents and their family and were able to take part in this possitive exprience. It was also good intergenerational activity. And very possitive for the community to see.
Springfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 16:08:17 (CST)


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