The Big Book of Resident Activities

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The Big Book of Resident Activities

Take the philosophy of resident centered care to new heights with The Big Book of Resident Activities.
Your residents will thank you for it!

The Big Book of Resident Activities features dozens of activities and care plans that facilities can use to keep residents active and engaged.

This book provides more than 100 activities and care plans for long-term care residents, saving activity coordinators time spent searching for new activities for residents with a wide range of needs. No matter what the clinical condition or cognitive limitation, this book offers activities that suit each resident’s distinct needs.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Dozens of comprehensive activity plans for every type of resident
  • Simple explanations of corresponding CMS regulations
  • Chapters devoted to residents with unique activity needs, including:
    • Alzheimer’s and dementia residents
    • Younger residents
    • Bariatric residents
    • Short-term stay residents
    • Nonambulatory residents

This encyclopedia-like resource eliminates the need to search for fresh activities for your residents.

Each activity included:

  • Provides a meaningful objective to accomplish with the activity
  • Eliminates guesswork by offering a recommended group size
  • Enhances your efficiency by giving you a suggested time frame
  • Identifies special needs and ability levels so you know exactly which residents will benefit from the activity
  • Gives you concise and specific steps to take to make the activity a success
  • Offers several variations, adaptations, modifications and hints to easily customize the activity to your facility

Bonus CD-ROM included!

Each of the activities, forms, and care plans found in this book can also be accessed on the companion CD-ROM. Take this CD-ROM with you to any location and provide your residents with meaningful activities to foster a higher quality of life.

Here are some of the activities you’ll find inside of The Big Book of Resident Activities:
• Fun fair
• Annual picnic
• Facility dog show act
• Resident/family Christmas tea social
• Outdoor campfire night
• Memorial service
• Memorial remembrance
• Comfort cart
• Craft and bake sale act
• Wishing well activity
• Mother’s Day tea social
• Father’s Day brunch
• Sample activity calendar (regular
• Memories
• Morning stretch
• Bariatric cooking class
• Bariatric exercise
• Bariatric ball exercise
• Devotional/prayer group
• Spa day
• Cooking club
• Gardening club
• Fashion show
• Scrapbooking
• Red Hat Society
• Tea social/gourmet coffee social
• Fondue party/social
• Yesterday
• Romeo
• Turkey shoot
• 6,5,4 card game
• Card club
• Men’s gathering and gab session
• Men’s breakfast or luncheon
• Men’s grill out or picnic
• Daily crosswords or trivia
• Weekend trivia
• Social time
• Tai chi
• Yoga
• Pilates
• Walking club
• Martial arts/tae kwon do
• Library cart
• Hands alive
• Therapeutic massage
• Five alive
• Sunshine group
• Noodle ball
• Noodle exercise
• Match game
• ABC game
• Colors and shapes bingo
• Bubble mania
• Sea shells sensory
• Sound effects sensory
• Creative writing
• Parachute fun
• Dusterball
• Memory matching
• Dice game
• Hidden treasurers
• Themed sensory kits
• Name five
• Rise and shine
• Grandmas kitchen
• Object identification
• Big ball fun
• Rice bags
• Relaxation music sensory program
• Music with movement
• Creative expression
• Pet therapy
• Recreational program
• Sensory stimulation program
• AM wakeup sensory program
• Afternoon sensory program
• Evening sensory program
• Chinese New Year
• Mardi Gras
• Dairy days
• Beach/Hawaiian day
• Western day
• Mexican fiesta day
• Annual Valentine king and queen
• Annual sweetheart dinner
• Back-to-school week
• 50’s day
• Folk fair
• Grandparent’s Day
• Gay 90’s luncheon
• Wine and cheese tasting event
• New year celebrations
• Thanksgiving social
• Thanksgiving blessings
• St. Patrick’s Day party
• Spring fling
• President’s Day silhouettes
• Camping week/day
• Winter Olympics
• Wedding week
• Cruise week
• Halloween party
• Birthday party
• Resident Academy Awards
• Senior prom
• Winter charades
• Christmas charades

Quality of life truly results from a commitment to resident centered care where individuals experience dignity of choice and respect in their daily lives. Get results from your commitment to offering resident driven activity planning with The Big Book of Resident Activities.

About the author:

Debbie R. Bera, ADC, is the activity director at Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point, WI. She has 29 years 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: May 2008