At Eversound, we believe more engagement means more health and happiness for seniors. That’s why we’re all about empowering activities professionals to create more exciting events and activities at their communities. Here are five of our favorite resources for planning better activities and improving resident engagement.
If you’re an activities professional, odds are you’ve already heard of Activity Connection. Their online database is filled with tons of great resources which enable senior communities to create more engaging activities for residents.
In addition to hosting a plethora of activity guides, monthly event planning tools, and downloadable materials, Activity Connection also maintains a vibrant forum where activities professionals can share ideas and collaborate with others in their field. You’ll need to pay a monthly subscription to access much of this content, but given the volume and quality of Activity Connection’s resources, we think it’s well worth it at just $14.95/month.
Visit Activity Connection at www.activityconnection.com
Activity Director Today
If you haven’t heard of Activity Director Today, you’re in for a treat. Here you’ll find a wealth of different kinds of resources for activities professionals organized by month, daily history updates, trivia, and other useful articles on planning activities. You can also download free “Activity Assessment Forms” which you can use to plan activities, measure resident engagement, or discover which events interest your residents.
Be sure to check out Activity Director Today next time you’re searching for new ideas or resources for activity planning. Given the huge amount of content on their website, you’ll be sure to find something that makes your job easier and your residents’ lives a little more vibrant.
Visit Activity Director Today at www.theactivitydirectorsoffice.com
A+ Activities contains hundreds of activity ideas organized by an intuitive and easy-to-use navigation. Here you can quickly find activity ideas that relate to categories such as “Sensory Stimulation”, “Men’s Groups”, or “Intergenerational Programming”, among many others. If you’re looking for fast and easy inspiration for a wide range of events and activities, this is a great resource.
Visit A+ Activities at www.aactivities.com
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Not Just Bingo
Not Just Bingo is an extensive online resource which features activity calendars, activity ideas, and printable materials to help activities professionals create more engaging events. You can either use Not Just Bingo’s free “General Activity Calendars” or purchase a monthly subscription to access their “Specialized Activity Calendars.” These specialized calendars include resources specifically for dementia residents and male residents, as well as calendars with weekly themes such as “Cinco de Mayo.” Access to these specialized calendars is only $19/month, which we think is a small price to pay given the quality of Not Just Bingo’s resources.
Overall, Not Just Bingo provides hundreds of detailed ideas for unexpected and unique activities that will keep your residents engaged and interested, instead of falling asleep in their seats.
Visit Not Just Bingo at www.notjustbingo.com
As you may know, Creative Forecasting is a mainstay for activities professionals. They offer a monthly print magazine subscription for $60/year which includes great resources for activities professionals as well as access to exclusive online content via their website.
They also offer a software program called “Activity Planning Simplified” which enables activities professionals to create activity calendars, log participation reports, save and lookup resident interests, and print full size calendars for posting around your community. And at $29.95/year, it’s easy to slip into your activities budget if you’re looking for a better way to manage your activity calendar.
Visit Creative Forecasting at https://www.creativeforecasting.com
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