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"This is Bingo with a real twist! It's better than traditional bingo. In fact,my group has so much fun playing Flip™ Bingo, we're going to pack the regular bingo cards away! I have observed that not only has itincreased socialization skills, but it has also decreased the frustration of recognizing the numbers. Everyone agrees it is easier on the eyes plus an added benefit, I find our clients used their imagination by creating new ways to play!" – Susan Borawski, Former Activities Director, The ARC of Mercer County / MCAR, Hermitage, PA
"Having examined many patients over the years withMacular Degeneration and other eye problems, I know of their frustrations in not being able to participate in many of their favorite pastimes because of limited vision. This version of BINGO (Flip™ Bingo) is exciting in as much as they are able to once again participate in a game they thought they never could play again." – Dr. Robert Stein, Ophthalmologist, Valley Eye Center, Hermitage, PA
"Congratulations on your wonderful game, Flip™ Bingo.Individuals with low to moderate vision loss have been able to play this game successfully. This had been the first time perhaps in years that some individuals have been able to enjoy Bingo again! It has been exhilarating to watch people who haven't been able to play Bingo for years, playing at least two cards of Flip™ Bingo. The game is a perfect vehicle for socialization and recreation. Our agency has been scheduling this activity twice a month since 2009. Thank you!"
– Ann Peterson, VP of Services, The Keystone Blind Association, Sharon, PA
You will "flip" over Flip BINGO!
"I am the Director of Activities with Potomac Homes of New Jersey. We are the pioneer in residential living for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia-related illnesses throughout New Jersey. I first introduced Flip™ Bingo to our residents a couple of months ago and they adapted to this version with a lot of enthusiasm and required very little assistance. After they became familiar with how it's played, they kept requesting to play it more often. It is so popular around here, I now have Flip™ Bingo on the calendar three times a week! It is so wonderful to see how their quality of life has improved because of this game. One lovely woman, when her family brought her to the home, kept to herself and participated very little in activities. However, because of this game, it gave her the opportunity to open up and she has since really blossomed!
This game is heaven sent, especially for activity directors trying to find a pastime where you have a mixture of individuals at different levels of Alzheimer's and dementia. Seeing for myself with the two skill levels, everyone is able to play - what is so amazing is to see the residents at different skill levels playing together and helping each other out."
Ruth Martinez, Former Director of Activities, Potomac Homes of New Jersey at Princeton, NJ
"They (our clients) had a party last week with the bingo and it was a big hit - we will be using it again at our wellness fair in June. The staff and individuals found it to be a lot of fun. First, it did take some explanation because they wanted to know where the rest of the numbers went to. Once they got the hang of it - no problems, they were able to see it, and we used checkers to mark the numbers."
– Sue Boyer, Program Coordinator, Mainstay Life Services – Pittsburgh, PA
"My higher functioning residents really like the game (using the TRADITIONAL cards) - the options of the choices of the boards and being able to "flip it over" make it a lot of fun. Our residents play a lot of bingo and this just gives them more fun and choices! The yellow background is a good idea, too!" Comments from my staff who work with the Alzheimer's group – the residents love the game and the big cards."
– June M., Hudson View Care Center, A.L. unit, New York
"Flip BINGO is a good game for older people to play. It makes you think and to be alert at all times. It is interesting because we play different ways to win a bingo. We play twice a month here at Whispering Oaks. I always look forward to those two times. We have usually between 15 – 20 people playing all the time. Even if you don't win, it is fun playing."
– Dottie Joyner, Retirement Community, Hermitage, PA
"Twice monthly at Whispering Oaks we play a game called Flip BINGO, a variation of the game bingo. It is played covering patterns and offers a fun, relaxing, enjoyable evening. Stephanie has certainly added to our enjoyment with her presentation, patience, kindness and understanding. Twenty to twenty-five have been playing at each session using two cards. The game is certainly increasing in attendance. Very little money is spent in the 10 games played and seldom does one lose more than a dollar. It is certainly an enjoyable time to become closer as a community. Each of us leaves the evening chattering amicably, enjoying each other's company and looking forward to our next evening of Flip BINGO."
– John R. (former resident) Whispering Oaks, Hermitage, PA
"At our facility, we play Flip BINGO in between our regular bingo. At our bingo sessions, we combine multi-level residents – there is no problem with some using the TRADITIONAL version and others using the LOW VISION cards. Regular bingo will always be on the calendar - Flip BINGO is a nice change." – Activity Staff, William Penn Care Center, Jeannette, PA
"I have been vision impaired since the age of 14 due to a brain tumor. Flip BINGO has done so much for my life, I absolutely love it! I count down the calendar days until the next meeting. It is a great time for fellowship with friends who also share the same or similar disability as me. I feel it is also a great opportunity to let my hair down and feel comfortable in just being me – I forget about being judged as being disabled. I love Flip BINGO even if the bingo caller calls all bad numbers (joking)! To me it's not about winning, I feel I have already won just by having a wonderful opportunity to play bingo – a game I thought was not an option until just recently."
– Tina Bresnahan, Sharpsville, PA