It's a Dog's Life for many.
All the "activities" in the lower level Activity Room are board games and "sit down" games, visiting the resident cat and now the resident rabbit who takes up a major part of the room in a cage.
You can watch the resident dog as he waddles here and there. He's quite old now. Just like many of the others living here.
Great to have animals around but where are the spaces for Adult Movement Activities?
Just move aside the chairs and tables.
They can't? Well, someone will .... when they have time ... or when they "think" to "organize" a "class".
Where's the gym? With equipment to use?
Interesting how we believe movement is the key to continued good health and then we "lock up" parts of our society and take away any and all real physical activity believing they will fall, they will have problems they cannot and will not ..... etc.
Where's the library with books and computers?
There is none. A few books are displayed in the "living room" used mostly during holidays when families visit.
The only computer is in a room reserved for "staff meetings", "family" conferences and occassionally reserved for a resident's birthday with family/friends.
The computer is "out of bounds" not to be used or touched except by staff.
Residents are seen as "too old" to use "technological equipment" by themselves.
Question: If a two year old can use a cell phone to play games and explore why can't an eighty two year old do the same?
At Mom's old facility, anything that involves some or more involvement by staff just isn't "feasible" and either isn't considered or is negatively presented.
Depending on the medical conditions and judging from the few people who use the "Main Dining Room", it's a handful who can get into the area since all use walkers or wheelchairs.
There are two bookcases with donated books. A few are Large Print. I've only seen a handful of residents ask about the books. Most probably don't realize they could ask to read them. They look like decoration, not for reading.
Magazines? NO. Newspapers. NO.
It's assumed at Long Term Care Facilities that the residents are beyond the ability to move except with a walker and almost all use wheelchairs or Gerry Chairs (where they sit/lay and have little attention).
We have, after all, three levels of "Senior Living" -- Independent, Assisted and Long Term Care in Missouri but only one, Long Term Care qualifies to have Medicaid beds.
Long Term Care is defined in Missouri as needing certain amounts and levels of "personal assistance in daily life" and there are qualifications regarding ability to move independently that can disqualify a person from LTC.
Do you go to a Gym? Do you workout? Do you walk or swim?
Invent. Create & above all CARE about those who are where YOU will be .. sooner than you think.