We just want to take this time to say thank you for supporting the well being of our seniors during this uncertain time. Just as you are dedicated to helping our seniors, we are dedicated to our customers. We are here to help and support you in any way we can. Heres a quick update to let you know how we are doing our part to reduce the impact as COVID-19 quickly evolves.
As you are likely aware, the Ontario government has recently announced that all non-essential businesses in the Province of Ontario have ceased operations. Based on the list of the Essential Workers provided by the Provincial Government, Aroh Inc. and MyActivityBoard.com will continue to operate as scheduled, while observing the recommended COVID-19 precautions to ensure customer and employee safety. We are maintaining and will continue to maintain our core values in being committed to helping others.
We guarantee all of our products have been produced and shipped in a clean and safe environment for the well being of our employees, their families, and our customers. Remember, this crisis will pass, and what we do now will dictate how we come out when it’s all over. For us to get there, we must work together. We have:
Adopted respiratory hygiene and etiquette measures.
Scheduled frequent disinfection of all workplace areas to maintain a safe and clean work environment.
Put policy in effect to limit number of employees in the building by having a work at home policy for those employees that have a function that permits it.
Implemented strict protocols for any employee who; a) is exhibiting symptoms, b) has come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, c) or anyone that has travelled or has come in contact with anyone that has travelled out of the country.
Cancelled all installations in any occupied residences.
Implemented the full sanitization of products prior to packaging and shipping as part of our assembly procedure.
It turns out that the equipment you need to make signs is also the equipment you need to make face shields – or as we like to call them HERO Shields. These face shields are used to ensure safety for front line workers and health care professionals. PPE products are difficult to find at the moment, and we want to ensure that your needs are taken care of. We have the equipment, the people and the skills to do something bigger than just making signs. Most importantly we have the ability to be able to deliver for our customers.
As we go through these times our core value of helping others becomes increasingly more important to us. Everyone has a role to play, and here at Aroh Inc. and MyActivityBoard we are working diligently to make sure that we are doing our part as COVID-19 quickly evolves.
Two weeks ago we really didn’t know what a face shield was, how it was made or how significant it is in protecting front line workers. Today we are making hundreds of them a day. The HERO Shield design is based on Health Canada’s guidelines to ensure their safety. We have been able to source local suppliers for the materials needed, which enables us to keep costs low.
We have a hard working team who is committed to the project at hand. Without their efforts we would not be able to produce a consistent supply. From production to delivery, we want to take a moment and extend our gratitude to everyone who is involved with HERO Shields. Without each one of you, none of this would be possible. This is our small contribution to help keep your team and residents safe. We are in unprecedented times, but please remember we are all in this together.
Event follow up is too often an after-thought, or forgotten completely. Which is too bad. So much planning goes into ensuring the activity is well-advertised, that residents are aware of what is going on, that they get excited about participating, and that they have a great time when they get there.
So, why would you want to let all that build-up and resulting good time fade away?
Activity boards are one of the most valuable tools used to communicate with residents in senior living and long term care. And they come in all shapes and sizes. The challenge is how to select what’s best.
Here are five tips to help you choose:
1.Define the purpose. It is essential that you know Why there is a need or desire to post the information, because that will help you…
2.Determine the placement. Where you post ties into the purpose, and the required/desired location may not have sufficient wall space available. If not, you can consider using free-standing floor displays (which are multi-purpose as they can be moved to where they are needed next). Once you’ve defined the purpose and determined the placement of your message, you can move on to…
Improving independence starts with how informed and aware your residents are with what is going on around them. Stated simply: informed residents are more independent and self-confident.
Improvements in independence correlate directly with your residents’ feelings of belonging, of being in control of their lives, and the increased likelihood they will look forward to and participate in your various activities on a regular basis.
What can you do to boost their self-confidence? I am glad you asked…
Using an activity calendar for seniors with dementia is an excellent way to communicate with your residents. The larger format is easier for them to read and, when it is posted in gathering areas, it is easily accessible and lets everyone see what’s going on in the community.
Incorporating the activity calendar on a large board with other information your residents are most interested in and will have questions about — “What day is it? What is it like outside? What is going on today?” — is an ideal format to address their specific needs.
When you present Date & Weather boards with the full month’s calendar and current day’s activities in an organized, uncluttered display, you will be helping your residents to notice, understand and perhaps even remember some of what they read. The boards are an ideal way to show guidance; a stroll down the hallway, for example — from the activity board to the dining room (where the menu board is).
What are the key components of an activity calendar for seniors with dementia? Consider these four “Es”…
There is nothing more reassuring than being in the right place at the right time, boosting residents’ self-esteem and confidence in their ability to be in control of their lives.
Conversely, not being where they want to be when they need to be there is frustrating and stressful, negatively affecting self-esteem and even causing anxiety.
Beyond creating attractive and highly visible announcements they will notice — using bright colours, larger fonts, and pictures or graphics to pique residents’ interest — where you display the information plays an equally important role in engaging them and helping them get there on their own, on time.
Use of the following 4 “Rs” will give your residents the confidence they need to feel in control of their lives and comfortable with their decisions.
It’s not surprising that the more active seniors are, the more involved they will become. Overall, active residents are happier and more fulfilled. Increased activity and interaction with others has a positive effect on not only quality of life, but to living a longer one as well. Participating in meaningful activities helps fulfill physical, social and emotional needs.
It’s important to provide opportunities for your residents to take part in daily living as well as social and educational activities — as often as possible. The challenge is finding ways to engage them on a regular basis and build on the level of participation.