This is our time to act in love and solidarity in protecting those that are most vulnerable- our elderly population. One of our favorite ways to experience life is through bringing entertainment and events into the facility. We also get to share the world with our seniors by experiencing outings and gatherings. Unfortunately, with the state of our world at the moment, we are adjusting our programs and rules for outside visitors to protect our loved ones and residents. We’ve compiled a list of resources that are providing information for you to use during this time of Social Distancing.
Jim is a sought after drum circle facilitator for memory care units, nursing homes, and retirement homes. Jim has put together over 20 hours of video and audio fun for those to experience in their rooms or in small group. See Jim’s website for more information on how to get started!
Golden Memories Karaoke
Golden Memories Karaoke is offering free access to streaming 500+ songs. Access HERE!
www.ArtsySmartsyCLASS.com is selling high end art making kits through Artsy Smartsy for seniors! Each kit is individually created with isolation of our seniors in mind and can be done in groups or one on one with a staff or family member! Step by step instructions and trivia are included!
ActivityConnection.Com recently published a Care Package including access to some FREE activities. They will be adding to the list of resources over time and are hoping it can be helpful to you. Check it out!
The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera is offering free HD access and streaming. https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/
They have created #ActivitiesStrong to share ideas, resources, updates and encouragement. More information HERE.
MemoryCo.org is extending FREE access to their games and activities at https://memoryco.org/
Per memoryco.org these are great resources that can be used in a 1:1 setting or small groups.
You can have access to live cams at the zoo! The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers that HERE.
Virtual Museum Tours
Google teamed up with various museums to offer virtual tours. Here is a complied list and access to those TOURS.
Puzzles to Print
Puzzles-To-Print.com is offers various puzzles of all types that are FREE to print and use with your residents. This is a great resource to offer for 1:1 visits and independent activities in their room.
Science for Seniors
Gloria Hoffner with ScienceforSeniors.net is offering free ideas on her website and FREE in-room Science for Seniors activity packets. You can email Science4seniors.gmail.com for gather more information or check out her website HERE!
Some other options to keep in mind:
- Asking your local entertainment to provide their music or event via a live stream. Check out how to set up a Zoom
- Offering to facilitate live conversations between residents and family members via Skype, Facetime, Messenger and Google Duo. This would allow your residents to be able to see and talk to their loved ones during this time.
- Utilizing resources like NCCAP, the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals, that have an ongoing list of COVID-19 Activity Director resources to use during this time.
Please comment with any other resources or suggestions for your peers!
Thank you is not a big enough word for all of you who are on the front lines. Your hard work, dedication, love and determination does not go unnoticed. You all are the real heroes. Hang in there!