Give Your Activity Program the Attention It Deserves
Today, a growing body of evidence shows that staying socially active could be every bit as important as staying physically active – especially for seniors. In addition to reducing their risk for depression, seniors who participate in social activities or events benefit from an improved immune system and cardiovascular health, plus a decreased risk of chronic conditions like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease.
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Despite the known benefits of social activities, actually getting CCRC residents to participate in your planned events can be challenging. In this post, we’ll share our ideas for not only informing residents about upcoming social activities, but also for encouraging them to attend and participate.
4 Activity Attendance Tips for Better Turnout
Planning an engaging social activity program for the residents of your CCRC or life plan community takes plenty of time and effort. So, the last thing you want is a sparse turnout. If your events aren’t getting the participation you want or if you’re looking for opportunities to take attendance to the next level, follow these tips to convert your resistant residents into savvy social butterflies.
Participation Tip 1: Residents can’t attend your social activities if they don’t know about them. Make sure your event schedule is visible and easily accessible to everyone. Try placing extra copies in well-trafficked common areas, like dining rooms and lounges.
Participation Tip 2: Educate loved ones of residents about the benefits of participation in social activities. By keeping them in the loop regarding your upcoming events, they may be able to help you boost attendance. For some events, loved ones can even attend with the resident to help ease them into meeting new friends.
Participation Tip 3: Remove barriers to participation by making event registration as easy for residents as possible. Printed sign-up sheets are standard and effective, but today’s seniors aren’t afraid of technology. Online registration is fast, easy and can be completed at the resident’s discretion. As a bonus, an online event registration system can help you keep track of capacity limits, establish waiting lists and even print rosters.
Participation Tip 4: Every CCRC population is unique. Give residents what they want by tracking their attendance records to see which events or activities are most popular. Then, use that information to develop additional related programming. You can do this manually or with help from a web-based activity and event tracking solution for CCRCs.
Better Attendance for You, Better Health for Your Residents
The most important thing to remember is that all of your residents have different tastes, interests and levels of ability. When planning a social activity calendar, don’t be afraid to mix things up! By offering a wide range of events and a wide range of opportunities to participate, you’ll see a boost in your attendance rates and seniors may even see a boost in their health.
Learn More About MatrixCare Activity & Event Tracking
Our activity and event tracking solution makes it easy for CCRCs/life plan communities to track the amount of time that residents or non-residents spend on activities. It can also streamline the documentation process by tracking volunteer activities necessary to maintain not-for-profit status. Ready to learn more? Give us a call today, or fill out our form.