McKnight's March 22, 2023
Samantha Greene, Rose Ferreira

When you ask most people in the community about where the heart of the nursing home is, they will quickly answer the recreation department. Unlike any other department, recreation takes on a unique role in the day-to-day life of a resident, not only providing activities but also providing daily emotional and spiritual support.

During peak COVID, the role of the recreation department changed forever. Gathering to eat a meal, playing bingo, attending religious services, watching a movie while sharing popcorn, a gentle hug, all became impermissible. Teams had to come up with new and creative ways to engage residents.

In a nursing home setting, residents are provided with a fun-filled schedule of activities that vary from brain games...

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