Lucky Punch and Irish Jigs
While it wasn’t the big party Alex Olson, Activity Coordinator, had originally planned, the homes took the lead and made it a St. Patrick’s day to remember.
As an ode to St. Patrick’s Day, the day started off in the morning with a “Luck of the Irish” reminiscence activity followed by an Irish chair jig for a morning exercise.
The Caregivers chose songs from an Irish playlist, picked out by Olson. The songs had good beats to move to. The Residents were able to sit and do range of motion exercises and stretching as well as bounce along to the music. It was a fun way to start off the day in Irish spirit.
For lunch they enjoyed Irish Stew, homemade Irish Soda Bread and a green pistachio cake for dessert. One home went the extra mile using a gingerbread shape pan to turn their cake into a leprechaun.
In the afternoon the Resident’s played a Pot O’ Gold Coin Toss game where Caregivers had set up little cauldrons with treats inside each on the table. The Residents were given gold coins and the object of the game was for the Resident to toss them into the cauldron. If their coin landed in the cauldron, they received a treat from inside.
“The O’ Gold Coin Toss was a hit with all the Residents! They were upbeat and so positive as they cheered each other taking turns throwing the coins,” said Olson.
For an afternoon snack they made “Shamrock Pretzels” using Rolo chocolate candies, two different sizes of pretzels, and green M&Ms turning them into a shamrock. The Residents really enjoyed this activity!
Later, the Residents got busy making lucky Shamrock charms out of polymer clay. The crafty and artsy Residents had a lot of fun with this activity. After sculpting the charms,
the clay baked in the oven to harden and once dried and cooled, the Residents were able to keep their lucky charm!
For the last big activity of the day, the Caregivers hung four leaf clovers throughout the home for the Residents to find. This “Clover All Over” search and find was a great way to get the Residents up and moving in the afternoon.
“The Residents had fun going on the hunt, trying to find their clover,” said Olson.
During the afternoon, Olson also made her way to each home and played Irish sing-a-long songs with the Residents.
They capped of their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations toasting with “Lucky Punch” before dinner. The festive green punch was made with lime sherbet, ginger ale and a dollop of whip cream on top. Despite the circumstances, the celebrations continued and fun was had by all!
Well thought-out celebrations and activities like these is what makes English Rose Suites so unique. The personalization and attention to detail creates a wonderful, loving environments for our Residents.