National Skilled Nursing Care Week
What are you doing for yourself and others every day? What makes you happy? How are you contributing to your happiness and the happiness of others? Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. Whether it’s planting, cooking, reading, or listening to music, these centers pay it forward by helping individuals find their own happiness to improve quality of life.
Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, National Skilled Nursing Care Week®, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s frail, elderly, and disabled. This year, NSNCW will focus on the theme "Live Soulfully" and will celebrate skilled nursing centers, their residents and staff, by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls.
NSNCW is the perfect time to plan events and activities for your residents and staff that resonate with the "Live Soulfully" theme. Below are some activity ideas to consider planning for this upcoming NSNCW, keeping in mind what your staff and residents may enjoy. Be creative and make it your own.
Enjoy fresh air and the sights and sounds of nature by hosting a gardening activity for your residents – planting in-season vegetables,flowers, herbs, or repotting plants. You can even ask relatives to get involved by having them participate and bring in succulents, seedlings, pots, and tools.
Food brings not only joy to many but also brings people together. It’s the most primitive form of comfort. Helpyour residents and staff find comfortand joy by tasting the food they love. Host a food tasting by inviting local caterers, food trucks, and chefs to prepare dishes for residents to test, taste and sample.
A cooking night gives residents the opportunity to reminisce and enjoy an everyday activity. Centers could even hold a “celebrity chef night,” where a local icon could come in to demonstrate how to cook his or her favorite meal.
What better way to achieve a happy mind than by reading a good book? Plan a book fair where residents and staff can browse for new books, discover old favorites, or bring books to swap, share, and discuss!
Acts of Kindness
Living soulfully means contributing to the happiness of others and paying it forward. Dedicate a day during NSNCW to encourage your residents and staff to performacts of kindness. They’ll find that doing so makes themhappy as well.
Give your residents and staff the opportunity to participate in an art class, like painting, ceramics, or drawing, where they can express themselves with what makes themhappy. Display the finished products around your center.
Partner with a local shelter or organization to bring in pets to your center. Research has found that spending time playing with animals lowers heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. And, in the long term, interacting with a pet can even lower cholesterol, prevent depression, and protect against heart disease and stroke.
Music & Memory
Music & Memory is a program that creates personalized playlists for people in elder care communities that reconnects them with music they love. Research suggests that personalized music is a way to bring joy to individualswith dementia. It’s a fulfilling activity for all who would liketo be reminded of music that makes them smile.
Help your residents relax and destress by offering manicures, massages, and other luxury services to create the ultimate spa day.
Source: The American Health Care Association