| Welcome Wagon
Submitted by Gerald Flickinger of Grandview Nuring Home on October
Size: Number of residents of the involved facility
Equipment: Small gift bag, greeting card, newsletter from
facility, small treat, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc...
Objective: Allows residents within the facility to welcome
a new resident coming in. To have that individual feel more
welcome and comfortable. To promote residents to get to know
one another better.
Description: The Welcome Wagon is setup on the idea of making
new residents more comfortable upon their arrival to the new
facility. The idea is implemented through each Therapeutic
Recreation's Resident's Council. Every month as the council
meets, a different committee of six members can be assigned.
This committee of three females and three males. The gender
will coincide with the gender coming into the facility.
The assigned individuals will welcome the new residents by
using the enclosed program. At first they will introduce themselves
to the new resident. Then they will provide a name tag with
the resident's name. The resident in turn will be introduced
to the other residents as opportunity presents itself. The
resident will also be provided with a tour of the facility
in order to become familiar and comfortable with their new
home. The assigned individuals will accompany the new resident
throughout the day as a support system. To provide needed comfort
The new resident will be presented with a welcoming gift bag
consisting of various items. The calendar and newsletter will
be discussed so the resident will be made aware of upcoming
events and items of interest. The card can be signed by all
the residents or just by the Resident Council Committee.
Prior to the arrival of the new resident, the assigned individuals
would be aware of the room the resident would be living in.
They could put up a sign of welcome.
This is an idea which has great potential and can be tailored
to what is desired. Have fun!