My days started at 8:00 am getting residents to our exercise class or walking. We had between 6 to 10 residents that like the fitness exercise and 14 that enjoyed walking.
Between this and my next event at 10:00 am I would look over my plans for the day, making sure that I had everything needed for my events. About 20 to 30 minutes before each event I would go to every apartment and visually check on each of our residents to make sure they were safe and didn't need anything and remind them that we had an event and see if they would like to come. The event was a mind teaser to keep them exercising their brains. Sometimes it was a word search, spelling bees, or hangman about 15 to 20 people would participate. One of their favorites' was when I started our version of Wheel of Fortune or Let's Make a Deal, there would be about 30 to 40 residents.
Between the 10 am event and lunch I would try and spend time with them while I was filling out their Azalea Bucks for participating in the activities, which could be used to buy things at our auction that we had every quarter.
At 1:30 I would go around to all the apartments again to see if they would like to come out for the 2:00 pm event, bingo. I usually had 25 people that would come out for bingo. We had 10 games and a black out.
I would make our daily boards for the next day and finish my Azalea Bucks. Then I had free time to socialize with them in the living area.
I learned that you have to keep focused because it is easy to stop to talk to one of the residents. You could not have favorites because they are all equally important and all deserve your time. If something is not working then find a different event to put in that spot. The most important thing I learned was to not try and carry the load yourself and get bogged down. Working as a team is important in any application and most jobs.
Our management was great. They were always there to help you see what needed to be done, show you a better way to do it if there was one, and encourage you in your talents.
The hardest part of my job was making sure that I didn't leave anyone out. Time management was hard for me because I wanted to spend time with everyone, and I had to make sure to see every resident.
The most important part, to me, was that I got to spend time with my residents and learn from them. They were and are still my extended family. Leaving them was a very difficult.