Re: Loss of Activity Director at Prairie Health Care Centre.
The Prairie Health Care facility has been without an Activity Director for about seven months now.
This leaves residents, like my mom, with very little to occupy their time and minds; little to look forward to on a daily basis. They do have volunteers who faithfully entertain them as often as possible and for that I am grateful.
Before the Activity Director left, they enjoyed exercises every weekday morning and activities every weekday afternoon. These activities were listed on a monthly calendar and they varied from "buns and bingo" to "Do You Remember?", celebrations of residents birthdays to elaborate "Gilligan's Island Day", where residents dressed as a character from Gilligan's Island. They ate "island" food and played related games. They celebrated Mother's Day wearing hats from the past, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day - all complete with decorations and games relating to the past.
On a hot summer day, they would make and enjoy ice cream on the patio. Once a week they held devotions in the "Amen Corner". It was fun to hear these seniors competing to finish the Bible verse first.
On Tuesday's it was "buns and bingo day", and my mom was proud to help make the buns. It gave her a sense of purpose.
Thank you Wendy for all the enjoyment you provided for these people. I appreciate it so much.
Doesn't this sound like a place you would want your parent or grandparent to reside?
It seems to me that it wasn't so much the education or training as an Activity Director that made her so adored by the residents, but her caring, respect and enthusiasm.
The Activity Director not only entertained the residents but gave a well-deserved break for the staff who work so hard caring for their residents. It gave them a breather where they knew that for an hour or two they would have a lighter load and could catch up on other duties - not to mention that their patients were happier of course.
These seniors - our parents and grandparents - worked hard to provide the best for their families. Now we need to stand up for them. They deserve to have their minds stimulated, deserve to have something to look forward to, deserve to be happy.
Are we actively seeking an attainable Activity Director for the Prairie Health Care Centre? I feel there are people available who would do a wonderful job.
Ruth Graham - Pennant