Importance of Date and Weather Systems

A Long Term Care residence is much more than just a building, it is a home. Activity professionals are challenged daily with making their residence home-like, while still maintaining their professional obligations to post daily activities and other important notices.

Importance of Date and Weather Boards

Knowledge of date and weather conditions is commonplace for most of us; however, this is more of a challenge for those living in long term care who don’t have ready access to this information. Date and Weather Boards help provide residents with two important aspects of their daily life: They help residents keep track of time and add to their independence. This is accomplished by instilling confidence in them by being able to find out the date and current weather conditions on their own, along with other information that would be of interest. Your residents will feel empowered knowing they can find out what they want and need to know, on their own. They will be more confident in their decisions and more self-assured when they don’t feel the need to ask others what is happening.

The information displayed on Date and Weather Boards helps prompt conversation. It provides a great opportunity to talk about dates and events, the changing seasons and the weather, which always provide lots of scope for conversation.

Providing Effective Communication

Organized communication is effective communication, which adds credibility to your message. This is important not only to your residents, but to their families and staff as well. MyActivityBoard’s easy-to-change date & weather system makes the ideal resident communication board. The configuration of our Activity Boards are specifically designed to remove the clutter of outdated cork boards and the random posting of paper documents, in addition to being visually appealing.

Date and Weather Boards for Long Term Care

MyActivityBoard’s Date and Weather system is not only easy to use for staff and residents, but it also with stands daily life in the residence. Made from durable, non-rip plastic, the pieces are printed with easy-to-read graphics that can be changed daily. MyActivityBoard’s standard date and weather boards are ideal for your long term care resident home areas. The simple-to-use date and weather system is made from durable, flexible materials that can be configured into any board design. It’s so easy to use: simply flip the correct date slide onto the board and add the colourful, appealing, easy-to-see graphics.

Date and Weather systems from MyActivityBoard.com will help ensure that information is communicated effectively to your residents by keeping postings organized, up to date and visually appealing.

Check out our Date and Weather Page or contact us directly to find out how a date and weather system  will fit into your community!

 

 

Permanent Hand Wash Signs

We have the equipment, the people and the skills to do something that will benefit people now. As a way to say thank you to our customers, the team wanted to produce a piece that would have a positive impact on them. Together we have designed and donated the materials to create a 12-step hand washing sign that meets the standards set out by the World Health Organization (WHO). These permanent signs are an ideal replacement for paper signage, and can be easily disinfected with commercial cleaners. These clean and professional looking signs allow you to promote the proper hand washing process in your work place.

Originally we produced 1,000 hand washing signs for distribution to our customers in appreciation for all they do. However we had such a big response that we produced and distributed 1,500 hand washing signs to our remarkable customers. Aroh Inc. and MyActivityBoard are dedicated to maintaining our core values during this time. From assembling the signs to packaging and distribution everyone had a role to play. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our amazing team.

We want to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in keeping our seniors safe during this time. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. As a way to express our gratitude for all you do, we want to do what we can to help keep you, your teams and your residents safe. We are working diligently to make sure that we are continuing to do our part as COVID-19 quickly evolves. Along with our dedicated suppliers, Custom Sign Solutions and Laird Plastics, we’re here to help and support 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!

Be Well Friends and Stay Safe!

 

Promoting Quality of Life for Long Term Care Residents

The Activity Professional is key to enhancing the quality of life for residents. The interests, strengths and needs of the residents are constantly changing. Therefore, activity programming cannot remain fixed; it must be a dynamic activity program, which promotes quality of life for all residents.

Clear Concise Communication

Effectively communicating with seniors in Retirement and Long Term Care residences is paramount to making programming effective. How the communication is presented has a direct effect on its perceived value. The more professional the presentation, the more credible the information. Clear, Concise, Communication is our philosophy! There is no better way to keep residents informed of all the great activities you provide than by using activity boards. Information is presented in an organized, appealing way that helps residents find whatever they need, effectively and efficiently.

Traditional Communication

Simplicity and clarity are imperative to ensure information is communicated effectively on a daily basis. Using traditional cork boards for communication leads to a number of issues. The random nature of the cork boards makes it difficult to keep all your postings organized, up to date, and visually appealing. Attempts to organize the information can make it look cheesy and childlike. A well designed board removes the clutter associated with outdated cork boards. All the information is still relayed, but its elegant and appealing presentation ensures each home area of the residence feels less like an office and more like a home.

Paper, Paper Everywhere

The Activity Board is the central location for all information, and residents know where to go to find the required information. A common issue is the random posting of paper notices around the building. The old ways of taping random notices in erratic locations are difficult to manage and lessen the significance of the information being presented. Just because it’s posted everywhere, does not mean it is going to be seen or read. The cluttered an unsightly look of paper postings around the building does not look good for current residents, future residents and visitors. However a well designed board that is organized will be perceived with more value and professionalism.

A Professional Activity Board

Their look is designed to complement and even enhance the residence’s décor – while still relaying all require information. Having a clean and professional communication system instills confidence in families who come to visit. Keeping them aware of what is happening in the community helps them feel comfortable that their loved ones are being taken care of and that there are appealing activities to keep them active. When you focus on clarity and quality of the information, your residents will be more receptive to the message and more likely to participate. Replace those old, cluttered, disorganized and unappealing pin boards with an elegant medium MyActivityBoard that will get noticed and read.

Built for Your Residence

MyActivityBoard.com has the solutions you are looking for, backed by product knowledge, and proven products – truly a one-stop shop for all your activity board needs. In addition to our standard solutions, we create specialized boards for other applications, each one custom-designed to meet your individual needs and specifications. Our credibility in this market allows us to provide innovative solutions to address any challenge; we guarantee we have a solution for you!

Dedicated to our Customers

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.

Be well and stay safe friends!

Hero Shields For Front Line Workers

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. 

Be Well Friends and Stay Safe!

Getting the Word Out On What Just Went Down!

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?

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How to Choose The Right Board

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…

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Improving Independence with Effective Communication

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…

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Utilizing Large Calendars In Dementia

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”… 

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In The Know – Where They Want To Go

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.

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