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SPECIAL EVENTS AND THEMED ACTIVITIES

For theme-related activities think about the following:Christine Jennings

  • Physical activity such as exercise and/or physical game
  • Cognitive activity such as discussion, word game and/or trivia
  • Educational activity such as discussion, educational videos, guest speaker
  • Sensory-incorporating all 6 senses
  • Creative activities such as music, writing, arts and crafts
  • Food-related activities such as cooking, socials, etc.

A sample Hawaiian Week may resemble something like this:

Monday
9:45  Meet and Greet
                     10:30 Hula Dancing                         
11:00 Polynesian Trivia                        
11:00  Beach Sensory                       
2:00  Beachball Volleyball                      
3:00 Travel Club:Hawaii                          
3:30 One to One Visits

Tuesday
9:45 Meet and Greet                            
10:30 Tropical Toss                              
11:00 Hawaiian Music Appreciation         
11:00 Tropical Fruit Sensory                   
2:00 Bingo                                            
3:00 Ribbon Exercise                              
3:30 One to One Visits

Wednesday
9:45 Meet and Greet                            
10:30 Hula Hoop Exercise                    
11:00 Hawaiian Spelling Bee                  
11:00 Hawaiian Sights and Sounds Sensory 
2:00 Coconut Bowling                            
3:00 Cooking Club: Pineapple Cake        
3:30 One to One Visits

Thursday
9:45 Meet and Greet                            
10:30 Reach and Stretch                       
11:00 Hawaiian Crafts: Leis                    
11:00 Flower Sensory                            
2:00 Tropical Bingo                                  
3:00 Hawaiian Traditions                       
3:30  One to One Visits                              
3:30 Movie: Paradise: Hawaiian Style
Friday/Hawaiian Shirt Day
9:45  Meet and Greet
10:30  Shuffleboard
11:00 Hawaiian Words of Wisdom
11:00 Tropical Music and Sensory
2:00  Hawaiian Luau
3:00  Music and Movement
3:30  One to One Visits

Additional Ideas and Resources

For National Nursing Home Week information and ideas click here

For National Activity Professional's Week information and ideas click here

Party Supplies Hut                                                                                                            Great free party and theme ideas and printables in addition to party products.

Read the article: How to Run a Mock Auction for Nursing Home Activity                             By ehow editor Kathleen Milazzo                                                                                           If you visit loved ones in a nursing home or volunteer at one, if you run out of ideas for special activities, try this mock auction.

Blue Ribbon County Fair                                                                                                      By Kathleen "Mimi" Taylor, ADC                                                                                                  Good Shepherd Nursing Home

 


 
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