At care centers people have the same basic needs at any age, the need to laugh, have fun, explore, and live their life to its fullest. This is why it is so imperative to have an engaging activities staff that recognizes each residents’ abilities and try to offer something for everyone to allow them the right to choose from an array of enriching, fun activities. At MHS we are very fortunate to have such an awesome staff to be able to offer these kinds of daily activities to our residents. Director, Cindy Bogenrief says she is the one that has been blessed to be surrounded by so many wise, patient, and loving people. “I get the opportunity to make someone’s life a little bit brighter every day. Some residents don’t have family and some live far away, so we become family. We laugh, cry and give hugs. We dance, spill our coffee and help each other along the way”.
January 22-28 is National Activity Professionals Week recognizing all activity professionals by the National Association of Activity Professionals that represents activity professionals working in geriatric settings. The focus of this organization is to provide opportunities for professional development and personal growth.
The MHS Activities Staff offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, physical activities/exercise, bingo, bible studies, food demonstrations/baking, games, trivia, and so much more. Some of the residents’ favorite activities include live music, spring, summer, and winter carnivals, a Valentine Sweetheart Dinner, Christmas parties, fair exhibits, and Halloween events.
Ardis Christensen, a veteran of MHS enjoys working with the residents on a one-to-one basis. She enjoys helping the residents in any way she can. Her favorite part is being able to make the residents smile and help them have the good days. Working in activities is constantly changing and keeps our staff on their toes. Activities help preserve the highest level of mental and physical function which is important to keep individuals connected while also raising self-esteem and prevents depression. Holly Webber states “I enjoy making an activity schedule that keeps the residents interested in coming to our activities as well as keeping them physically and mentally active. “ Many group activities are offered as well as one-to-one activities to fit everyone’s preference.
At Madison Healthcare Services we are proud of our Activity Department for their commitment to continue to enhance the quality of life to our residents. We would like to give a huge thank you to Director Cindy Bogenrief, Ardis Christiansen, Holly Webber, and Joseph Espinoza and celebrate them not only for National Activity Professional Week but every day for their creativity and fun they offer to our residents and the facility. Also thank you to all the volunteers and people who contribute their time and talents to MHS. You make a difference in the lives of everyone whom you touch and it is greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Cindy B at 320-598-7536. The activity calendar is also posted on our website http://www.mhsmn.org if you would like to know what’s going on at the care center each month.
L-R: Ardis Christensen, Holly Webber, and Activity Directory, Cindy Bogenrief not pictured Joseph Espinoza.