There are numerous ways to celebrate the arrival of summer with your senior citizens. Here are 7 of our favorites from notjustbingo.com that you can add to the events calendars for your senior living facilities in June, July, and August.
Ice Cream Party
Anyone who enjoys ice cream? Why not host enjoyable ice cream parties for locals over the entire three-month summer season? Create special occasions, such as an Ice Cream Tasting when you buy specialty pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and use plastic spoons to give everyone a taste. You may also manufacture your own ice cream and serve samples to everyone.
A small kids pool may be filled with gallons of various ice cream flavors and a ton of toppings for the World's Largest Ice Cream Sundae, which can then be served at an afternoon social for residents, staff, and family members. Have a Popsicle Truck where patients may fill their bags with Popsicles and distribute them to onlookers in the halls, or even an ice cream cake baking class where residents can learn how to make ice cream cakes.
Install many lemonade stations all across your institution to keep your residents hydrated during the sweltering summer months. To encourage residents to serve themselves, prepare pitchers of lemonade in advance and distribute them at each kiosk along with cups. Encourage locals to take a break and get a drink to stay hydrated.
Outside Baseball Contests
In the summer, host entertaining baseball games in your backyard for the locals to enjoy. Plan for team members to play relatives, or throw a fun Little League party with the grandchildren. If any of your residents are interested in playing, all you need to do is set up a batting cage for them to use while staff members take care of running the bases. Don't forget to hand out popcorn and peanuts to the locals during the backyard baseball games this summer as they cheer on their preferred team.
Work with Dining Services to increase the summertime availability of grilled meals like hot dogs and hamburgers on Fridays. Why not encourage your residents to share the same excitement that your facility's staff does on Fridays?
Visits to Museums
Staying indoors is a certain method to stay cool this summer. Plan more indoor activities for seniors to enjoy while being cool, such as museum tours. Look in your region for both big and little museums. In fact, get in touch with the historical department of your county to identify cool historical sites for your residents to visit.
Stargazing Nighttime Drinks
Make the most of the cool summer nights by organizing nightcaps on the patio in your facility's garden. Residents can partake in mini treats like cookies and juice while mingling and observing the sunset.
Summer Baking Contests
Organize enjoyable bake-off competitions for the employees and residents over the summer. Get the baking club at your institution involved as well. Plan contests where participants can taste the prizes before selecting the winners. If you want to reward the winners of your bake-off competitions, think about buying inexpensive trophies.