Activity Idea of the Month

decorating occupation cookies for Labor Day for nursing home senior residents

Occupation Cookie Contest

Celebrate Labor Day (September 7) with your residents by hosting a Labor Day occupation cookie contest. For the activity, simply supply residents with baked gingerbread men cookies and icing to see who can create the best occupation cookies by designing clothes for a particular occupation (e.g., scrubs for a nurse, a uniform for a police officer, or even a white jacket for a baker). (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Countdown to Labor Day Weekend Week.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making leaf rubbings for the first day of autumn for your senior nursing home residents

Leaf Rubbings

Invite residents to create leaf rubbings (by thesprucecrafts.com) on the first day of autumn (September 22). To make the rubbings, simply provide residents with leaves from outdoors, paper, and colored pencils or oil pastels to begin rubbing the paper so that the veins and shape of the leaf come through onto the paper. Frame the finished rubbings as artwork for your Activity Room for the season. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Autumn Colors Week.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

folding an American flag on Patriot Day with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Teach the men how to properly fold a flag (by AiirSource Military) on Patriot Day (September 11). (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Patriot Week.)

making pretzel necklaces for National Beer Lover's Day with nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

In recognition of National Beer Lover's Day on September 7, assist your resident with making a pretzel necklace (by madincrafts.com) that he can snack on while drinking a nonalcoholic beer. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

assembling acorn treats for the first day of autumn with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Recognize the first day of autumn (September 22) with residents by assembling acorn treats (by hersheys.com) using Hershey's Kisses, mini vanilla wafer cookies, and peanut butter chips. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

painting acorns for the first day of autumn with senior residents

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

For the first day of autumn on September 22, encourage residents to paint acorns (by craftsbyamanda.com). If using acorns from outdoors, first make sure to clean and dry the acorns. Then have residents use paintbrushes to paint the bottoms of the acorns in fun vivid colors. Once the acorns have dried, display them in glass bowls throughout your facility for the season. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2020 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

ahcancal.org

American Health Care Association

Be sure to check out our activity resource of the month, the American Health Care Association (ahcancal.org), to find ideas for your residents for National Assisted Living Week (September 13-19).

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