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Senior World Men’s Group. Jackie Bowers, Adult Day Service Director IPMR Senior World Peoria, IL Governor's Conference December 11, 2013. Quote from Danny Meyers. “ All People Like To Feel Important, Cared For and Seen.”. Business is Business. Non Profit vs. Profit

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Senior world men s group

Senior WorldMen’s Group

Jackie Bowers,

Adult Day Service Director

IPMR Senior World

Peoria, IL

Governor's Conference

December 11, 2013

Quote from danny meyers

Quote from Danny Meyers

“All People Like To Feel Important, Cared For and Seen.”

Business is business

Business is Business

  • Non Profit vs. Profit

  • Knowing your customers

  • Retaining current customers

  • Satisfaction with service

  • Keys elements

  • Thinking out of the box!!



  • Make the connection

  • Provide self esteem

  • Past interests

  • Belonging

  • Sense of purpose

  • Provide excitement

  • Calmness

  • Community involvement

  • “Cheers” atmosphere

Ipmr senior world

IPMR Senior World

  • Established in 1982

  • Diverse Cultural population

  • Metropolitan to rural areas served

  • Funding through IDoA, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Dept. of Rehab Services, Caregvier Respite Grant and Private Pay

  • Two locations in Central Illinois

    • Peoria

    • Morton

Senior world men s group


Brainstorming session with IPMR Senior World staff on ways to increase census and revenue

  • Higher women ratio

    • 68% vs. 32%

  • Increase days of attendance for current participants

    • 20% attended 5 days per week

  • Current programming

    • Non male focused

  • Space and staff limits

Development steps

Development steps

  • Met with current male participants

  • Physical and mental criteria for group

  • Reviewed current male participants’ social history

  • Initial calendar with participants’ feedback

  • Men’s Client Council

  • Worked with local college

  • Equipment needs

  • Caregivers’ input

Men s focal g roup

Men’s Focal Group

  • 8 current clients with various diagnosis

  • Concerns

    • Staff

    • Name of group

    • Activities

    • Meals

    • Coffee

    • Parties with large group

    • Outdoors

    • Supplies

    • Frequency

    • FLAG

  • Overall feeling of control of their programs

Mission statement

Mission Statement

To Promote and Maintain independence with minimal intervention and assistance.

Physical and cognitive criteria

Physical and Cognitive Criteria

  • Ambulation/mobility

    • Independent

    • Independent with mobility devices

    • SBA – sit to stand

  • Communication

    • Able to make needs known

    • Participate in conversation

  • Dining

    • Independent

    • No swallowing or chewing issues

  • Adaption

    • Able to use adaptive devices independently

  • Activity Participation

    • Actively participate

    • Able to follow one step directions

    • Some self initiation

Functional abilities

Functional abilities

  • Able to participate in physical activities

    • Independent physical activities

    • Group physical activities

  • Able to socially interact with peers

    • “Hardee’s Club”

    • Men’s locker room talk

Activity development

Activity Development

  • Reviewed Social History

    • Occupation – many Caterpillar retirees

    • Military – majority had served during war time

    • Married, single, widowed

    • Family

    • Hobbies

    • Education

    • Birth place

Activity development con t

Activity Development con’t

Initial Calendar developed by: Recreational Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapist and Activity Coordinator

A small group of current male participants reviewed and provided suggestions of additional activities they wanted, most importantly; pool tournaments, happy hour, and poker games.

Client council

Client Council

  • Started 2008 main activity area

  • During the Men’s Group process, a client council was formed in 2009

  • Social Service Coordinator and Activity Coordinator were invited to participate and take notes



  • The room for the men’s group is 1300 square feet or 32.5 participants

  • Due to the pool table, exercise bike, and restorative area, we decided that up to 20 participants could attend the group

  • We started with 8 men in 2009; mornings only after breakfast until 11:00 a.m.

  • Activity Coordinator and COTA

Working with local colleges

Working with local colleges

  • Illinois Central College occupational therapist assistant level 1 and 2

  • Fall 2009 COTA level 2 assisted with programming and implementing the program

  • Developed programs that incorporated fine motor skills, cognition and ROM

  • Intergenerational program with Level 2 COTA students from local school district

Equipment needs

Equipment needs

  • Newer Pool table

  • More tables and chairs

  • Coffee pot

  • Tool box

  • Work bench

  • Basketball net

  • Flag

  • Bag set

  • New Wii games

Type of activities

Type of Activities

  • Pool

  • Wii bowling league; competed with senior centers

  • Shuffleboard

  • Frisbee golf

  • Cards, dice

  • Woodworking; donated items to local shelter

  • Bags

  • Exercise

  • Happy hour – with non-alcoholic beer

  • Gardening

  • Cognitive activities; Brain Fitness by Suzanne Fitzsimons

  • Guest speakers; politicians, newspersons, sports legends

Caregiver s appreciation

Caregiver’s appreciation

  • Purchased with donations and memorials from our caregivers’

    • New pool table

    • Wii games

    • Additional table and chairs

    • Basketball hoop

    • Supplies



  • Speaker’s Bureau

  • Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs

  • Union retiree health fairs, mailings

  • Caterpillar retirees club;

  • Other factories retiree groups

  • Long term care insurance companies

  • Local city municipal retiree groups

  • Retired teacher association

  • Church groups, Ladies Circles

Senior world men s group


As individual needs increase or dementia symptoms worsen the men’s group participants are transitioned into another area within the facility.

Participants can sit and enjoy each other non gender specific but the men from the group usually find their buddies.

The principles of the Men’s Group remain as they move to a different level of care.

  • Currently 50% of participants are male

  • Daily attendance has increased over 20 % since 2009

  • 25% attend five days per week

  • The Group sells itself!!!

Member quote

Member Quote

“ We like hanging out together, it’s nice to be with friends”

Impr senior world

IMPR Senior World

Jackie Bowers

719 North William Kumpf BLVD Suite 300

Peoria, IL 61605


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