The Big Book of Senior Living Activities

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The Big Book of Senior Living Activities

Jillian Thomas, CDP
Debbie R. Bera, ADC

Senior living communities must be proactive in building their offerings to appeal to potential residents and their families. The Big Book of Senior Living Activities features over 100 activities facilities can use to offer a welcoming environment and ensure an engaged, social community. Authors Jillian Thomas, CDP, and Debbie R. Bera, ADC, provide strategies to ensure a sustainable, organic, and successful resident activities program. Staff will gain the knowledge to successfully manage activities while gaining leadership, employee, and resident buy-in. No matter the clinical condition or cognitive limitation, this book offers activities that suit each individual’s needs.

This book has everything you need to run a successful senior living activities program, including:

  • Strategies to adapt and modify activities to individual resident needs, including Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, younger residents, residents with communication limitations, and bariatric residents
  • Detailed case studies on senior living activities
  • Tips for how to gain resident and staff buy-in


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: How to Implement an Effective Activities Program for Your Facility
Chapter 2: Sample Activity Care Plans
Chapter 3: Holiday and Birthday Activities
Chapter 4: Activities for Residents With Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Chapter 5: Activities for Nonambulatory Residents
Chapter 6: Activities for Younger Residents
Chapter 7: Activities for Men
Chapter 8: Activities for Women
Chapter 9: Activities for Residents With Communication Barriers
Chapter 10: Activities for Bariatric Residents
Chapter 11: Activities for Short-Term Rehab Residents
Chapter 12: Activities for Residents With Behavioral Issues
Chapter 13: One-on-One Activities
Chapter 14: Sample Activities Calendar
Chapter 15: Involving Residents and Family Members in Activities

About the Authors:

Jillian Thomas is director of assisted living operations for Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC). In this position, she is responsible for the coordination and oversight of CRC’s assisted living and memory care programs within its 13 retirement communities nationwide. Thomas has more than 10 years of healthcare and management experience in the senior housing industry. She began her career as a certified nursing assistant and in 2005 became executive director for an 80-bed assisted living and memory care community in northern Illinois. She is a dementia practitioner and holds a certification in assisted living administration in Wisconsin as well as RCFE certification in California. Thomas is also a member of the Leading Age Illinois Assisted Living Cabinet and is certified as a support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Debbie R. Bera, ADC, is the activity director at Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point, WI. She has over 30 years of experience in long-term care, including as a nursing assistant, activity assistant, and activity director. She holds Basic and Advanced Supervisory Certificates, and a Dementia Care Specialist certificate. She is a member of several healthcare associations based in the State of Wisconsin, and is president of the Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals. She is also certified by the NAAP and serves as the association’s vice president in 2008.

Published: June 2016