Fourth of July celebrations are often one of the highlights of the summer. For nursing home residents, however, the fourth of July can be a difficult day if they feel that they are being left behind while the rest of the country celebrates. As an STNA, you’ll have the opportunity to help to make the Fourth of July a happy day for all of your residents. Below, you’ll find a few suggestions for making the most of the day.
1. Wear red, white, and blue
By wearing red, white, and blue on the fourth, you can remind your residents of the importance of the day and can establish a celebratory atmosphere right away. In addition, you can encourage your residents to select their own patriotic outfits to make the day feel special.
2. Play patriotic music
In common areas where music is played, consider playing a patriotic CD with American favorites like the Star-Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle. This music will remind your residents of happy memories. For extra fun, you could host you own patriotic karaoke night.
3. Watch the fireworks
If fireworks can be seen from your nursing home’s property, you could place chairs and blankets outside and encourage your residents to watch the fireworks together. If not, be sure to turn the fireworks on TV and play some festive music while you watch. You could also serve red, white, and blue treats like parfaits with blueberries and strawberries or cupcakes iced with the flag.
As an STNA, you are intimately involved in the day-to-day lives of your residents. By taking action to make holidays special, you can help your residents to feel that they have something to look forward to. In addition, sharing good times with your residents can improve your relationships. As a result, your residents may be more inclined to cooperate with you. In addition, you’ll have the privilege of getting to know your residents for the unique individuals they are.