Group & Concurrent Solutions: Tackling Therapy Challenges

RESTORE is a versatile tool for group and concurrent therapy in skilled nursing facilities and senior care, offering resources like cardiovascular exercise videos, cognitive therapy, and functional movement interventions to effectively target functional skills.

The Advantages of Group Therapy: Group therapy involves treating multiple patients simultaneously in a group setting. 

  1. Social Interaction: Group therapy facilitates social connections, addressing potential feelings of isolation among seniors.

  2. Shared Experience: Seniors can bond over mutual experiences, learning from each other's journeys.

  3. Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging in activities and discussions promotes mental activity.

  4. Skill Building: Group sessions can target specific skills, from mobility to cognition.

  5. Cost-Effectiveness: Serving multiple participants can be economical without sacrificing quality.


The Power of Concurrent Therapy:
Concurrent therapy often refers to delivering rehabilitation services to two patients simultaneously when the patients are not performing the same or similar activities.

  1. Increased Efficiency: Concurrent therapy allows therapists to serve two patients simultaneously, optimizing their session time.

  2. Motivation through Observation: Witnessing a peer's engagement can drive motivation.

  3. Customized Activities: Each individual takes part in activities tailored to their needs.

  4. Safety is Prioritized: The proper measures ensure all participants are secure and well-tended.


RESTORE introduces a game menu crafted for both group and concurrent therapy. This feature is pivotal for:

  • Directed Game Selection: The platform refers users to games ideal for the selected therapy type.

  • Active Engagement: These games are more than just pastimes; they aim to enhance functional skills.

  • Measurable Progress: Track improvements and gains made during each session.

 

When powered by RESTORE, group and concurrent therapies offer a direct approach to improving functional skills. Explore our platform, use our specialized game menu, and witness the tangible progress in therapeutic outcomes.

Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Skills demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

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Seven Trivia Categories for Peak Engagement with Residents

Benefits of Trivia For Your Activity Calendar:

  • Adaptive Scheduling: Trivia can fit into various time slots—be it a 10-minute filler activity or a two-hour special event.

  • Resident-Led Rounds: Let a resident be the quizmaster daily, giving them a sense of empowerment and leadership.

  • Community Outreach: Invite local schools or community groups for an intergenerational trivia event, enriching your residents' social experience.

  • Trivia Leaderboard: Create an ongoing scoreboard in a communal area to keep up the excitement and competition even when trivia is not being played.

Double the Fun: Trivia and Activity Pairings

Planning a gardening session? Warm up the crowd with our Food trivia. Chat about fruits, veggies, and homegrown herbs to get residents eager for some hands-on planting.

Team Spirit: Group Play & Contests

Gather residents into teams for a spirited Trivia Night. Decorate the space, offer refreshments, and dish out small prizes for a session that's as competitive as it is engaging.

Seasonal Synergy: Trivia for Holidays and More

Are holidays on the horizon? Use trivia to prelude festivities. Our Veterans category is tailor-made for Veterans Day, and Food trivia is a crowd-pleaser around Thanksgiving.

Smooth Integration: Pair with RESTORE-Wellness Activities

Why stop at trivia? Integrate questions into our physical activities module or use trivia to kickstart a meditation or yoga session. The options are endless when combined with the RESTORE-Wellness platform.

You've been asking, we've been listening, and these new Trivia categories are our way of saying thanks! Light up those trivia games and tell us how these new categories add a fun twist to your activities. Your input fuels the RESTORE community and we can't wait to hear your success stories!

P.S. We'd love to hear about the creative ways you're using these pairings. Post in the RESTORE  Game Changers, skilled-care professional Facebook group and let the world see your genius!

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Wellness demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Boost Cognitive Training with 7 Fresh Trivia Categories

We've just added seven new trivia categories thoughtfully selected to align with your high-quality therapy sessions. Interested in how these topics can contribute to more engaging cognitive training for your residents? Keep reading.

Occupational Therapists, Make Every Session a Hit!

Working with residents on activities of daily living (ADLs)? Incorporate our Country Music and Eighties categories to prompt memories and stories that can be intertwined with ADL tasks. Remembering lyrics or iconic moments can serve as excellent anchor points for cognitive exercises, helping residents focus better and participate.

Physical Therapists, Flex Those Mental Muscles!

Physical exercises are essential, but why not layer on a cognitive challenge? Use the Sports category to quiz residents while they perform balance or strength tasks. Not only does this require them to think on their feet—literally—but it also elevates the level of mental engagement necessary for each task.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Turn Up the Volume!

Aphasia, cognitive-communication disorders, you name it. Our new categories can be helpful tools. The Slogans and Retro Games trivia can be a fun and engaging way to work on word retrieval and expressive language. It'll get your residents talking, remembering, and perhaps even laughing.

September, World Alzheimer's Month

We want to recognize World Alzheimer's Month, and Trivia Night can help. Use the Food category to prompt discussion about textures, tastes, and sensory experiences that can often be vivid, even when other memories fade. Prompting these discussions can be particularly impactful in memory care settings.

Honoring Our Veterans, The Veterans Category

Many of our residents have served in the military. The Veterans category can be an honorable and respectful way to pay tribute while sharpening cognitive skills. Discussing military slogans and historical events, or even just sharing service stories, can offer deep emotional and cognitive engagement.

Takeaways You Can Use Today

  • Multi-Tasking is Your Friend: Layer cognitive challenges over physical or speech therapy sessions for a two-in-one win.

  • Use Memories as Anchors: Anchor the therapy session with deeply resonant and familiar topics to stimulate more focused interaction.

  • Be Inclusive: The new categories cater to various interests and backgrounds, making every resident feel included and engaged.

We hope you find these new trivia categories exciting and helpful. Your input was the catalyst for this addition, and we can't wait to hear how you put these categories to work. Thank you for being a valued part of the RESTORE community.

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Skills demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Already part of RESTORE-Skills? Then join Game Changers, the skilled-care professional Facebook group!

Pairing Activities & Games for a September Like No Other!

Hey, you incredible Activities Professionals! Guess what? September is here, and so are we with some sizzling hot tips to make your resident programs the place to be. Hold onto your clipboards because we're about to dive into a wonderland of game and activity pairings that will leave your residents craving for more!

1️. Trivia Night + Guided Meditation

Why It Works: Balance the mental workout of trivia with some relaxation for the mind.

Pro Tip: End your trivia night with a guided meditation to help everyone wind down and celebrate their victories, big or small.

2️. Kitchen Mixin' + Fitness with Paul Eugene

Why It Works: After some light exercise, residents will love "cooking up" something fun.

Pro Tip: Do a 'Healthy Recipe' challenge where they make virtual healthy recipes right after a fun workout session with Paul Eugene!

3️. Sequence It + Visit Familiar Places

Why It Works: Sequencing events and recalling familiar places are both powerful memory-boosters.

Pro Tip: Allow residents to sequence events related to the familiar places you 'visit.' Memory lane, here we come!

4️. Plinko Party + Chair Yoga with Sherry Zak Morris

Why It Works: The mindfulness from yoga pairs beautifully with the focus needed for Plinko.

Pro Tip: Incorporate some of the same deep-breathing techniques from Chair Yoga when dropping those Plinko chips.

5️. Word Search + Travel the World (Video)

Why It Works: Enhance word recall by adding some geographical zest!

Pro Tip: Show a ‘Travel the World’ video and have residents find related words in the Word Search game.

6️.  Grocery Grab + Explore Places of Worship (Interactive Video)

Why It Works: Shopping for groceries and exploring places of worship both involve elements of planning and spatial awareness.

Pro Tip: Create a grocery list of items related to a recently explored place of worship. Think: matzah for a synagogue or lotus flowers for a Buddhist temple.

7️. Spooky Spiders + Explore the Globe (Interactive Tour)

Why It Works: Both activities demand hand-eye coordination and keen attention.

Pro Tip: Make up a fun story that the spiders are from the same global destination they just 'visited.'

Bonus: Off-Platform Pairing Ideas

  • Have an Arts & Crafts day where residents can make their own Plinko board or trivia cards.

  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt after playing Sequence It to keep the theme of 'following steps.'

  • Bake some cookies after playing Kitchen Mixin’. Recall the steps involved in the game.

So go ahead, be the Activities Rockstar we all know you are! 🎨🎲Until next time, keep making the world a more fun and fabulous place, one activity at a time.

P.S. We'd love to hear about the creative ways you're using these pairings. Post in the RESTORE  Game Changers, skilled-care professional Facebook group and let the world see your genius!

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Wellness demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Boost Attention and Cognition Through the Power of Gaming

Celebrating World Alzheimer's Month with Skills That Matter

Hello, fabulous therapists! September is World Alzheimer's Month, and we're focusing on improving attention and cognition skills, especially for Alzheimer's patients. Learn how games can help enhance these skills and boost active participation in rehabilitation! 

Games to Energize Your Therapy Sessions

1️. Trivia Night

Skills Targeted: Attention, Recall, and Information Processing

Tip: To keep the energy high and to cater to different cognitive levels, vary the categories or get competitive, by playing as a group.

2️. Kitchen Mixin'

Skills Targeted: Sequencing, Attention, and Working Memory

Tip: After your patient completes a recipe, ask them to summarize the steps. This reinforces the sequencing and aids memory.

3️. Sequence It

Skills Targeted: Logical Sequence, Planning, and Problem-Solving

Tip: Use the game as a conversation starter about the significance of each step in the sequence, further enhancing cognitive engagement.

4️. Plinko Party

Skills Targeted: Attention, Visual Scanning, and Decision Making

Tip: Encourage your patients to strategize before releasing the chip. Ask them why they chose a particular slot to reinforce decision-making skills.

5️. Word Search

Skills Targeted: Visual Scanning, Word Recognition, and Focus 

Tip: Use the settings to add a layer of complexity that demands attention and quicker information processing.

6️. Grocery Grab

Skills Targeted: Planning, Categorization, and Spatial Awareness

Tip: Make it more challenging by having them guess the price before they cash out, this incorporates math and financial planning into the mix.

7️.  Spooky Spiders

Skills Targeted: Hand-Eye Coordination, Visual Tracking, and Focus

Tip: For an added cognitive twist, narrate a story behind the activity. Why are we capturing these spiders? Imagination stokes cognition!

Let's not just observe World Alzheimer's Month; let's participate! These games not only offer a fresh and engaging approach to traditional therapy but also make a significant impact on your resident’s attention and cognitive skills. Happy gaming, therapists! Let's make this September count for something extraordinary. 

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Skills demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Already part of RESTORE-Skills? Then join Game Changers, the skilled-care professional Facebook group!

Meet Sherry Zak Morris and Chair Yoga!

 Hello RESTORE Tribe,

Today we would like to introduce you to the amazing Sherry Zak Morris and Chair Yoga. Read on and be inspired!

Setting Out on a Yoga Adventure: A 25-Year Journey

Over two decades ago, in the midst of my forties, I embarked on a journey into the world of Yoga. Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, I sought a sanctuary of peace. From an initial spark of curiosity to a flame of unwavering dedication, each Yoga pose and mindful breath etched a unique chapter into the tapestry of my life.

Guided by Yoga's ancient wisdom, I found my compass through life's unpredictable currents. It became a steadfast companion, helping me navigate the challenges and joys with equal grace and resilience.

Destined Encounters and Chair Yoga’s Genesis

A twist of fate introduced me to Mary Cavanaugh, a visionary whose work laid the foundation for Chair Yoga. Collaborating with her marked a turning point in my journey. Together, we embarked on a mission to adapt Yoga for seniors, creating a unique blend that resonated in senior living communities, educational institutions, fitness centers, and beyond.

Our partnership fostered the spread of Chair Yoga, igniting a movement that united generations in the pursuit of holistic well-being. Through workshops, seminars, and practical sessions, we set out to prove that Yoga is truly for everyone, regardless of age or physical limitations.

Personal Drive from Lifelong Lessons

My passion for empowering seniors through Yoga is rooted in personal experience. Witnessing my parents, both in their nineties, embrace movement and vitality, fills me with a profound sense of purpose. Their resilience is a living testament to the power of Chair Yoga to enhance not only physical well-being but also the overall quality of life.

Chair Yoga: Celebrating Life's Joys

Among the seniors I had the privilege to work with, Chair Yoga became a celebration of life's beauty. It wasn't just about the physical movements or the breath; it was a vehicle for genuine connections and shared laughter.

Creative Endeavors and Meaningful Bonds

My journey with Mary extended beyond the boundaries of Yoga mats and chairs. It led us to create collaborative video projects and establish Yoga Journey Productions (YogaJP), a platform to share our insights with a broader audience.

The culmination of our efforts is visible in the collection of videos available on the RESTORE-Wellness platform and our other platforms. Each video reflects our dedication and serves as a testament to the transformative potential of Yoga.

Sharing Insight and Radiance

As I reflect on my journey, I am humbled by the profound impact Chair Yoga has had on countless lives. Through the RESTORE-Wellness platform, I invite you to experience its magic firsthand. Let our story inspire your own path of self-discovery and well-being. May you, and your residents, find in Yoga a wellspring of energy, wisdom, and radiant joy.

With love and light,

Sherry Zak Morris

Thank you Sherry! Check out Sherry and Chair Yoga on the RESTORE platforms today. Not yet a RESTORE user? Click Here to schedule a demo and experience our facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

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Elevate Engagement: Activities Tips for Carnival Pinball

Get ready to discover the world of Carnival Pinball, the reimagined Pinball Palooza. Let's explore creative ways to amplify the fun even more!


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Pinball Palooza Delight: Host a retro arcade afternoon. Play Carnival Pinball on our platform, share stories, memories, and laughter with residents.

📚 Picture Book Extravaganza: Create a collaborative picture book that captures the essence of playing the game. Invite residents to illustrate scenes or add captions.

🤣 Resident Storytelling Fiesta: Challenge residents to play Carnival Pinball and write about their most fun Pinball experiences. Hang these stories in the activities room or in their personal spaces,

🍦 Cool Challenges with a Twist: Host a Pinball-themed challenge session where residents aim for high scores while savoring popsicles or other sweet treats.

RESTORE-Wellness: Bring on the Engagement!

  • Bonding Through Creativity: Plan engaging sessions around Carnival Pinball. Incorporate crafts, quizzes, or mini-tournaments that revolve around the game's vibrant theme.

  • Boosting Cognitive Agility: Enhance cognitive skills. From strategic planning to quick decision-making, the game supports mental agility.

  • Creating Shared Experiences: Foster a sense of belonging and community, contributing to emotional well-being.

  • Encouraging Social Interaction: Carnival Pinball acts as a conversation catalyst, encouraging residents to connect and share.


Carnival Pinball on RESTORE-Wellness is a key to unlocking joy and engagement. Embrace the power of play and let the Carnival Pinball magic light up residents' lives, one smile at a time! 🚀

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Wellness demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Already part of RESTORE-Wellness? Then join Game Changers, the skilled-care professional Facebook group!

Carnival Pinball: Igniting Skills Across Therapy Disciplines

Discover the world of Carnival Pinball, the upgraded version of our beloved Pinball Palooza. It's your ally for Occupational Therapy (OT), to use for the skill of Standing Upper Extremity Functional Reach. But here's the exciting twist – it's a game for all therapy disciplines!


A Few Reasons Carnival Pinball Tops Your List:

🎪 Dual Controllers: Use two contrasting controllers for bilateral coordination and fine motor skills practice.

🎠 Bonus Merry-Go-Round: Precision and agility come into play, promoting arm movement and coordination.

🎮 Dual Plungers: Launching the ball using two additional plungers aligns perfectly with Standing Upper Extremity Functional Reach.

🌟 Lights and Bumpers: Enhance hand-eye coordination and upper extremity range of motion navigating the ball.

Reflex Training: Boost reaction times, crucial for quick movements.

 

Upgrade Your Therapy Tool Kit:

  •  OTs: Carnival Pinball is your secret weapon for engaging Standing Upper Extremity Functional Reach exercises. It’s tailored for upper limb movement and coordination. This skill is crucial for reaching shelves, grooming, and dressing.

  • All Disciplines: Carnival Pinball transforms therapy into play, amplifying progress. For example, a resident recovering from a stroke, benefits from reflex training and coordination practice, translating to smoother everyday tasks like buttoning a shirt or preparing a meal.

  • ADLs & IADLs: Imagine integrating Carnival Pinball with daily life tasks. From the standing upper extremity functional reach it takes to locate items on a shelf, put away groceries, or access items in a closet. To the fine motor coordination involved in cooking or cleaning. Or the visual tracking, concentration, and decision-making, vital for tasks like managing medications.

Ignite progress, one play at a time. Carnival Pinball isn't just a game – it's a launchpad for skill development. Embrace its simplicity, revolutionize your approach, and let it reshape your therapy sessions. 

Transform how residents receive care all while enhancing outcomes and streamlining workflow with RESTORE’s innovative platform. Click Here to schedule a RESTORE-Skills demo and experience a facility-wide commitment to skill building. 

Already part of RESTORE-Skills? Then join Game Changers, the skilled-care professional Facebook group!

Recharge your Restorative Program with RESTORE-Care

We're excited to announce RESTORE-Care! The healthcare landscape for senior living facilities has long been in need of an all-inclusive platform that can manage restorative care with ease, precision, and a personalized touch.

Here are some of the standout benefits:

  • Streamlined Care Management: RESTORE-Care simplifies the whole care process by providing an efficient tracking and alert system. It takes the guesswork and hassle out of time management, freeing up your staff to focus more on providing quality care.

  • A Variety of Activities: With RESTORE-Care, you have a wealth of care activities at your fingertips. These activities cater to a wide range of residents' needs, making skill-building a community effort. You won't have to worry about running out of ideas or resources to engage your residents in meaningful, beneficial activities.

  • Improved Resident Satisfaction: By organizing care schedules and ensuring no resident is left behind, RESTORE-Care significantly boosts resident satisfaction. Residents feel seen, heard, and cared for when their needs are met in a timely, efficient manner.

  • Personalized Care: Every resident is unique, and so should their care be. RESTORE-Care supports customized care activities that address the individual needs of each resident. This approach not only improves the effectiveness of the care provided but also adds a personal touch that residents will appreciate.

  • Operational Efficiency: RESTORE-Care optimizes the work of your staff by taking over the complex task of tracking and scheduling. Your team can work smarter, not harder, leading to better performance and less burnout.

  • Better Outcomes: With efficient tracking, alert system, and engaging activities all in one place, RESTORE-Care paves the way for better restorative care outcomes. You're not just delivering care; you're enhancing the lives of your residents.

Embrace the future of restorative care with RESTORE-Care. It's not just about improving the way you manage care, but about transforming your entire facility into a skill-building community where everyone, from residents to staff, benefits.

Less tracking hassle, more time for quality care - that's the promise of RESTORE-Care. We can't wait for you to experience it!

 

Exciting News: RESTORE-Care is now live!

Dear RESTORE Community,

I am thrilled to introduce you to RESTORE-Care, our new platform that we proudly launched this morning, with the goal to optimize restorative care programs within your facilities. RESTORE-Care is a significant step forward in our mission to drive a facility-wide approach to skill-building.

The addition of RESTORE-Care to our suite of products is a game-changer for nursing homes. By providing tools for activity selection, aligned with individual restorative programs, and automating the tracking of activity duration, we're answering critical operational and compliance challenges. 

Integrated with RESTORE-Skills and RESTORE-Wellness, RESTORE-Care forms a comprehensive solution that simplifies care planning, supports billing requirements, and increases efficiency across the facility.

By streamlining restorative care interventions and documentation, RESTORE-Care empowers care facilities to engage residents in meaningful experiences, and improve resident outcomes.

As our valued client, already using RESTORE-Skills, we invite you to explore the possibilities that RESTORE-Care can bring to your restorative care programs at no additional cost. We believe RESTORE-Care, RESTORE-Skills, and RESTORE-Wellness will take your commitment to skill-building even further and transform the senior care experience at your facility. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about RESTORE-Care, or need assistance accessing it.

Thank you for your continued trust in RESTORE.


Best regards,

Eran Arden,

CEO and Founder