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Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Key to Quality of Life and Strong Contributor to Culture Change


An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.

1. Activities in Nursing and Assisted Living Overview

Activities in nursing and assisted living is not just bingo and TV!
Activities are an integral part of the cultural change movement and central to person-centered care. It is essential for resident quality of life. Nursing Home activities are governed by federal regulations called F-Tags. While Assisted Living activities are not as highly regulated, many facilities emulate the standards set for nursing homes. F-Tag 248 states that ”the facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.” The intent is that the facility identifies each resident's interests and needs and involves the resident in an ongoing program of activities that is designed to appeal to his or her interests and to enhance the resident's highest practicable level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.

2. Activity Professional Careers

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Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you like a job that requires flexibility, ongoing learning, organization, communication skills and openness to new experiences? Then a career as an activity professional may be for you! And if you are in the profession already, these articles can help you navigate your career successfully.

3. Products for Activities

Looking for products for your activities. Here's a start.

4. Busy Bee Lap Pad

One of the most difficult challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is the person’s withdraw from favorite activities. The Busy Bee Lap Pad might just help re-engage residents and/or loved ones.

5. The Power of Music and Memory - Incorporating Music into Activities

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The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. This hub of articles will show you innovative programs that you may want to emulate.

6. Using Technology in Your Activity Programs

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Electronics have revolutionized the world of activity programming for independent, assisted living and long term care facilities. Learn how to bring seniors along with the technology while uncovering some cool tools for your activity programs.

7. Capturing Life Stories

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There’s an old saying in journalism, “Everyone has a story”. Activity directors know this is true. But how do you draw out the fascinating tales of your residents’ lives in a way which preserves and shares this unique view of history? How do you help them to tell their life story?

8. Art Projects for Residents - Essential to a Robust Activities Program

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Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Art appreciation also helps foster lifelong learning and mind stimulation.

9. One on One Activities

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This articles explores how to engage people who cannot or will not leave their room.

10. Science for Seniors - Use Science to Engage Residents in Current Events

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The largest number of newspaper readers in America are seniors with an average age of 70. Seniors are very interested in the news of our world. While much of the news is bad, there is an area of good news that can be used to engage residents in current events. That is science! And using science for seniors as part of your activities program can help stimulate the brain and contribute to resident quality of life.

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