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Thought Leaders: Activities and Purpose and Meaning During COVID-19

As I write this article, today is day 180 that our residents have been sent to their rooms or apartments to “wait out” the pandemic.  6 months.  Imagine?

Our activity directors and team have bravely taken on the role of continuing to offer meaningful activities and entertainment to our residents.  They quickly jumped in with their usual bravado, enthusiasm, creativity, and just plain caring for our residents and their daily lives!

They adapted exercise and bingo to residents sitting in their doorways, masks on, and absolutely 6 feet apart.  Sometimes, leading exercise or calling bingo 3 times in one day!  No matter how tired they are of our “new normal”, no matter how uncreative or uninspired they may feel, they put on their smile, dig deep into their resources, ask friends and family for ideas, ask residents for their wishes, and plan and deliver day after day the most amazing activities, under the most interesting of situations.

Playing with dice has become quite popular.  Every resident has their own and away they go!  A camping theme took place complete with trail mix and s’mores.  Tropical Week at one facility hosted “arm-chair safari”.  One game tournament was held over 3 days with prizes. 

One of our activity directors, along with her dad, built a scooter equipped mini ice cream truck delivering the cold treat!  See our Facebook page for the video.  An hour of only telling jokes and encouraging belly laughter – wish I could join in.  Maybe we all do.  Now that the NFL is back, hallway tailgate parties are in.  Giant Connect 4 and mini-corn hole tournament complete the fun.

We are proud of all our staff!  Especially, grateful to our activity teams for helping our residents to cope and find stimulation, friendship, and some joy during these times. #columbinehealthsystemsSTRONGER


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