With the spotlight on activity professionals during Activities Professionals Week on Jan. 22-28, we asked Emilee Kulin and John Davis of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley to share the story of their highly successful activities program.

 

Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.

 

Kulin, the activities director, says that the residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley come from a small rural community of people who worked as miners, loggers, or in recreation fields. “Our residents are used to being active” she says, “so we try to give them activities that will fit that lifestyle. We have Tuesday night poker games, bingo, dominoes and happy hour. On Friday nights, we have a band that plays from 6:30 to 8:30.”

According to Davis, the activities assistant, one of the residents’ favorite activities is a monthly outing. “We take them on a mystery ride once a month,” he says. It may be a cruise around the lake or a trip to the county fair. Or it might be something as simple as a trip to Wal-Mart. We’re in a remote location, so there aren’t a lot of options. We try to take advantage of the resources that we have.”

Kulin and Davis also plan activities for residents who have dementia or who are physically unable to participate in the weekly activities or monthly outings. “We might do ‘reminiscing’ or we might read to them,” Kulin says. “We also do lotion rubs, hand massages, music therapy, and we paint their nails.” Davis adds, “For people who are bedridden but don’t have dementia, puzzle books are a good option. Something to keep their minds active.”

Other staff members often help Kulin and Davis. “On Valentine’s Day, we’re renting a champagne fountain and our department managers are helping us plan an event,” Kulin says. “For Chinese New Year, our dietary manager is putting together a themed meal at lunch. We have a great staff and they’re always willing to help.”

Successful Activities Program Keeps Residents Active

Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg.  Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.