October Activities Calendar

 

Fall has arrived!

At Countryside, we’re big fans of October. Patriots games, pumpkins, what’s not to love? The month kicks off with the ladies from Pinehill Garden Club, who will be joining us for a coffee social on 10/3. And speaking of gardening, our backyard-grown tomatoes are harvested and ready to be used in one of the ladies’ all-time favorite dishes, Pomodoro Arroz! We can’t wait to learn how the dish is made during one of our Thursday “What’s Cooking” sessions.

Check out what else we’ve got planned in our Monthly Activities Calendar below.

Games with Karen!

If you’ve seen any of Countryside’s Monthly Activities Calendars, “Games with Karen” is almost always a part of the weekend lineup. For years, Karen has been a part of the staff at Countryside who doubles as our fabulous weekend game host. We interviewed Karen on the creative ways she keeps our residents entertained.

 

How and when did “Games with Karen” become a staple of weekend activities?

Before joining Countryside, I was a teacher, corporate trainer, and team-building facilitator. So, back in 2013 when Lynn asked if I would be interested in conducting activities with the residents every other weekend, I jumped at the opportunity. On my first weekend we started off with “Getting to Know You” team building activities, and the rest is history!

It sure is. How do you decide which games are played each week?

I plan activities around current events, seasons, or upcoming holidays.  This includes trivia, math, word games, geography, card games, exercising, story hour, and more.  On some weekends, I’ll get inspiration by looking at a “day of the month” calendar to see what the specific day is known for, and create games from there.  A couple of weeks ago, I tied 3 activities around one theme – the flower of the day. First, we had a group discussion learning all about the flower which was called “Snow in Summer”. Then we did a trivia quiz where I asked the residents questions about the flower, and followed it up with a word game where they had to find as many words within the phrase “Snow in Summer” as they could. The ladies found 105!
 

Wow, that’s amazing! What are some of the favorite types of games the residents like to play?

In addition to the more traditional games like Bingo, the residents love brain teasers like word games, trivia, and puzzles. They especially enjoy trying to find words within other words or phrases. To get moving between games, we’ll do the hokey pokey or chicken dance (in our chairs of course), which never fails to make everyone laugh! The residents also enjoy making flower arrangements to put in their rooms. I’ll bring in mini carnations that they cut and arrange, then put into vases and decorate with ribbons. We even have an official ribbon curler!

I guess the activities span far beyond games! Are there any new games or activities that you’re trying out?

We just began playing a game called “Loose Change” where each player is dealt a hand of cards, each with a picture of a nickel, dime, quarter, or 50 cent coin. The object of the game is to get your hand to add up to exactly one dollar. The game can get tricky so we’re still trying to master it, but the residents seem to enjoy it and we’re getting better every time we play. No calculators allowed!

Sounds challenging! I think I’ll stick to the chicken dance. Overall, what is your favorite part about these game sessions every week?

I love interacting with the ladies and seeing their faces light up when we do the activities. They have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share!

 

September Activities Calendar

We’re sad to see the end of summer, but are very excited for everything we’ve got planned in September!

Our fingers are crossed for better weather (muggy August didn’t allow for as many Porch Parties as expected), and we have FIVE birthdays to celebrate. We’ll also be closing out the month with Oktoberfest, how fun!

See what else we’ve got planned in our September Activities Calendar below. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates and pictures of the fun! www.facebook.com/countryside.nursinghome

 

August Activities Calendar

Hard to believe it’s already August! We’re squeezing in as many summer activities as we can, starting off with our annual Friends & Family Cookout this Saturday. We look forward to this day every year and can’t wait to see everyone again!
Check out the rest of our activities lineup in the August Calendar.

July 2016 Activities Calendar

Happy July! The month has already been off to a great start for us here at Countryside. We celebrated the Fourth in style and will be posting pictures of the festivities soon.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Check out our calendar below for a full schedule of events, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for weekly updates.

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June Activities Calendar

June 2016 Activities

Can you believe June is finally here? This summer we have many outdoor activities planned – Bocce, Golfing, Horseshoes, you name it! We’ll be taking every chance we get for fun in the sun. 
 
We have three birthdays to celebrate (ice cream anyone?) as well as some exciting guests, so be sure to follow us on Facebook for coverage of our summertime activities! Countryside Facebook Page
June Activities Calendar

May Activities Calendar

May 2016 Activities

Spring has finally sprung, which means we will be getting outside every chance that we get!

In addition to Mother’s Day, we will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week (5/8-5/14) with daily events, outings, entertainers, and much more. Stay tuned for activity updates!

October Activities Calendar

 

October Activities Calendar

We are falling into Autumn and soon there will be frost on the pumpkin! We’re looking forward to our “mini-peepers” trip to look at the beautiful foliage. There will be volley balloon, movie matinees, card games, and of course a Halloween Party! Happy Birthday to all of our October birthday residents.

 

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Note: Activities can be subject to change.

September Activities Calendar

September Activities Calendar

Although August is over, there still is plenty of fun outdoor activities planned. Let’s enjoy the warm weather while we can! (Remember last winter? Brrrrr!)  Card games, trivia, manicures and a Polka are planned in the coming days.  Happy Birthday to all of our September birthday residents. And a good luck kick off to the New England Patriots this season!

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Note: Activities can be subject to change.

August Activities Calendar

 

August Activities Calendar

It’s the Dog Days of Summer with plenty of fun activities for our residents. August 8th is the Friends & Family Cookout with great food and music. We have movie matinees, trivia games, bocce ball, and hair salon day. And a Happy Birthday to all of our August birthday residents!

August Activites

 

Note: August Activities can be subject to change.