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Eye Exams Being Neglected

When scheduling monthly activities, most of us think about what residents need to make their lives better, and more fulfilling. What we often forget is just how many aspects of our residents lives the statement covers. In a recent study that was conducted at the University of Alabama, they found that two thirds of nursing home residents do not get regular eye exams, even though about half of them have eye problems. Think about that! That is a LOT of residents basically being neglected.

Being able to see is one function that helps the elderly be a little more independent in their lives, which in turn gives them a better quality of life.

So- what can you do as an Activities Director to combat this problem? Schedule an eye exam day, or afternoon. Make this a time that each resident can come and speak with an eye doctor. Making this activity come to fruition is quite simple. All it requires is a phone call, and the availability of some extra space! It is that easy! Look up eye doctors in your area. Call one and see if they would be willing to come by for a half day and view different patients. Most doctors will not be able to bring their major equipment with them, but the will still be able to determine in a short sit down meeting if the resident is in need of further assessments in an office visit, or if there is something more simple that can be adjusted or fixed that day. Use this afternoon as a stepping stone to getting them proper eye care. The eye doctor will see their own business will benefit as well, as most elderly patients stick with the same doctor once they have built a good rapport with them. This is a win/win situation for everyone!


3 Websites That You Should Know About

There are so many things you can do to brighten a resident’s day. Here are three easy websites to use to benefit your resident, and make them smile!

3 websites that you should know about, but probably don’t.

Never Too Late

Never Too Late is an organization that serves the elderly, no matter what their situation. They are like the Make a Wish Foundation, but for seniors. They have granted many wishes, both big and small, for people all over the United States. It is as easy as filling out an application for your resident with their wish. The ‘Wishes Granted’ section provides some great ideas for wishes.

Little Brothers

This is a great organization that is dedicated to helping people make contact with others. They have many programs, but their Visiting Volunteer program is great for nursing homes. They try and match people with others that have similar interests. They are located all over the United States.

Write a Senior Citizen

This organization is great for those residents who would like to receive mail! You can pair them up with a pen pal by clicking on their ‘Find a Pen Pal’ section. Their website also has the function to chat with another person in real time, if your facility has access to a computer.

Up And Running

I have started this website to ensure that Activity Directors have a place to come to find information. There are so many ideas for Activity Directors to use in their facilities, but it is often hard to find that information all in one place. This website will be a hub for information regarding this field. Enjoy!