At our facility residents start being brought into the dining area about 3:30pm in order to get everyone set up in time to eat. However, some of them are there for almost two hours before there's any food. Some get restless and agitated and I was wondering whether anyone works somewhere that they have good table distraction activities to keep them busy. I made a small list and I was planning to bring it to the supervisor so we could buy some supplies to have on hand. I'd appreciate any suggestions or feedback, I think everyone would be so much happier if they had something to do rather than just sit. It might also make life easier for me, too, since I'm called off med pass to try to deal with someone being agitated and I think they're just bored! I don't want to try anyone like a child, but I know that many of the recreation activities are similar to kids activities- so I was trying to think of things that might appeal even to adults.
-making greeting cards
-play doh or modeling clay
-arranging fake flowers
-making holiday decorations
Any ideas or feedback appreciated.