At most skilled nursing facilities, there are activities to keep residents happy and occupied. Bingo, armchair travel, movies and the like are tried and true staples.
At the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC), residents have those activities to enjoy, but also much more.
How about Rock and Roll Bowl? Or Monday Night Football gatherings? There are candlelight dinners and karaoke sing-alongs.
The poker and blackjack games are competitive, but that’s countered by more sedate table games, Bible study, and manicures with hand massages.
The new focus on a diverse activity schedule comes after my arrival as Activities Supervisor. I spent two years working as kitchen staff at the CCC before being hired in February to take over the activities room.
I have also reached out to the community for entertainment, attracting guitar players, dance troupes, and singers, among others. Bethany Lutheran Church offers the use of its van for field trips to the beach, Wal-Mart, and other wheelchair-accessible places.
They can still continue their lives as if they were living in their own homes. We want them to keep their independence.
Offering activities and adventures helps them feel the richness and fullness of their lives, so it’s not just existing, but living. That in itself is a big reward.