May Dates to Celebrate:
National Book Month-
Why dont you start up a book club in your facility?Pick a book for the month and tell your residents to read it and at
the end of the month, get your group together and discuss the book in detail.Check with your local library for shut-in services(someone
will come out to your facility to bring books from the library).
National Barbecue Month-
Why dont you have a BBQ and serve hambugers,green salad,and chips and salsa,and you can celebrate all three together.
National Hamburger Month-
National Salad Month-
National Salsa Month-
Cinco De Mayo- May 5th
Why dont you have a Mexican Fiesta with a Mariachi band(or just play mexican music),serve Carne Asada,Rice,Beans,red,white
and green Jello,
and non-alcoholic Margaritas.Have a salsa making cooking class.Play Cinco De mayo trivia(see below),Have a local dance
studio come in and give Salsa Dance step lessons,Call everyone by Senior or Senorita,Have the staff and residents wear red,white
and green clothing.Have fun!!!
Mothers Day- Second sunday of May- Why not have a Mothers day Tea? Hire an entertainer or singer
for the event,send out invitations,serve different types of teas and coffee,muffins,cookies and different types of bagels
and cream cheeses and fresh fruit.Hand out fresh flowers to all the mothers in attendance.
National Nursing Home Week- second week in May-This week can be a great way to bring the community and
your facility together. Here are a few ideas to try:
~Call local news stations and papers to invite them to your celebration of National Nursing home week.
~Have a picnic- open up your facility to the community.
~Have a Craft faire, In the weeks leading up to the event have residents make things to sell (bookmarkers,blankets,etc),
Cakes/cookies for a bake sale, and set up booths to sell their goods. You could also put up fliers to rent spaces to
local crafters to sell their items at the craft faire. Have a BBQ and sell hot dogs and hamburgers,chips and sodas.
~Hold a scavenger hunt-
~Hold a raffle- Many local stores will donate items to your facility if asked.Sell raffle tickets and hold the raffle
during the week.
~Hold a Bingo Game night- Pass out fliers throughout your community and hold a Bingo night.Serve refreshments.
~Hold a Band Contest- Ask your local high schools music director to bring the school band to hold a concert outdoors
at your facility.
~Hold a Poker Night- Ask your local Moose,Elks,or Shrinners club to come in and play poker one night with your residents,serve
~ Hold a Blood pressure Clinic- Ask your nurse from your facility to hold free blood pressure testing to the
local community seniors, pass out fliers to all the surrounding senior apts.
~Ice cream Social Nite- Get all the fixings for Ice cream sundaes,Ice cream,whipped cream,toppings,nuts,cherries,etc.Pass
out fliers throughout the community and at your local senior centers.