Activity ProgramIndividual activities are dependent on the health and interests of the resident. The range of activities is intended to meet the needs of all residents, from the disoriented to the wheelchair bound to the ambulatory. A wide range of activities are implemented to encourage residents to find new and satisfying social relationships, to connect with their environment.
Examples of a few such activities are:
Monthly birthday parties to which all residents, family and friends are invited to
Celebrations of various holidays, both secular and religious. Holidays are particularly
difficult times for those away from their own home, family and friends. Our
residents are part of The Heathers family and enjoy celebrating these holidays
with us: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Mothers Day,
Fathers Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Christmas and Hanukkah and New Years
Musical events including backyard symphonies and concerts are enjoyed actively or
passively depending on the abilities of our residents. Each home is equipped with pianos
and karaoke machines for group sing-alongs, in which the residents request their favorite
songs and sing along with a leader. The involvement of staff members, volunteers, family
members and friends make these social events both fun and memorable.
Games. foster both one-to-one relationships and group activity. Bingo is a favorite for
many, however, bridge, chess, and other games for smaller groups, such as the interactive
wii games, are available as well. Staff members, volunteers and family members help
stimulate resident interest in a game and help arrange suitable opponents. Contests and
tournaments are sometimes arranged for bridge or game players.
Outdoor activities include gardening, cookouts, or just enjoying time in the sun alone or
with a friend. The Heathers staff and family members take the immobile residents outside
as often as they like.
Physical fitness. The Heathers staff, along with volunteers, arrange for suitable exercise
according to the resident’s abilities.
Tea Time. Enjoying a hot tea or cold lemonade together is a particularly nice time for
volunteers, family and friends to join the residents for a social.
Arts and crafts. The Heathers, volunteers or family members lead special projects such
as creating greeting cards or painting. Residents enjoy socializing during this time.
Religious services. For residents who are non ambulatory, The Heathers welcomes
denominational and non denominational groups to provide religious services in the home
for those who wish to attend. This often provides an opportunity for families and friends
to join the resident in worship. The organization of such services is usually handled by
the activities coordinator.
Guest Speakers and Discussion Groups. The Heathers residents enjoy listening to guest
speakers and joining in interesting and relevant group discussions.