How to Get Help From Your Residents
During the Holidays
Isn't it nice to have help? Well, even if you don't have any activity assistants, you can still get a little help from your residents. Here are a few ways that your residents can help you this holiday season:
- In-House Activities. Get your residents to lead a few activities by inviting them to share their gifts and talents with your facility. For instance, schedule a fun Holiday Talent Show or plan holiday demonstrations, like a Holiday Cookie Decorating Class, all led by your talented residents.
- Room Visits. Recruit residents to form a Holiday Choir that can perform door-to-door for your bedridden residents.
- Intergenerational Activities. Encourage residents to make toys using the activity supplies that you have on hand. Then, coordinate a day for the grandkids to stop by for a Toy Tester activity in which they test-out the toys with your residents.
- Decoration. Entice residents to help decorate by hosting a "Best Holiday Decor" competition for the different floors or wings of your facility. In fact, consider purchasing an inexpensive trophy that will be displayed on the winning floor.
- Family Visits. Send out flyers to family members inviting them to a fun Open House in your facility in which they get to cast their votes for the "Best Holiday Decor" that was created by the residents.
- Community Outreach. Start a Greeting Card Club in your facility in which members make and address holiday cards to send out to your residents that are in the hospital during the holiday season.
- Fundraisers. Persuade your Crafts Club to make a variety of crafts for a Holiday Crafts Fair, or encourage members of your Baking Club to bake tasty treats for a Holiday Bake Sale. See our article How to Bring in Money With Fundraisers.