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Do you have a hobby or collect anything? The reason I ask is that either might provide the basis for a 1-hr.-long activity you could offer to do (for pay ranging in my area anywhere from $25/hr. - $250/hr., though your area's pay scale may differ) as a form of entertainment at a local senior facility, if it were interesting, unusual or could be demonstrated (like the skill demonstrations you see on HGTV, only live.) Obviously, if you're a singer or musician, you could offer to perform for them, as well, also for up to an hour.
Entertaining seniors at such facilities is a great way to supplement one's income (for some, it's their primary means) that could lead to regularly recurring 'gigs' at a facility and provide a steady form of income. Or you could do your program as infrequently as you like. Yet it involves a nominal time investment (the standard program is up to an hour, max.), and can be done on any weekday or Sat. morning; any afternoon (7 days/wk.); or on any weekday evening (since most places offer some sort of diversion for their residents at least twice a week on weekday evenings.)
The pay varies depending on the type of program you offer and may vary from one market to another, as well. Also, the budgets at senior facilities differ widely, with some being more affluent than others. Even so, senior facilities' budgets as a whole are typically much leaner than those of other venues. Still, if all a facility could pay you for your program is $25/hr.(which is rock-bottom for most places), that'd be better than $0/hr., plus you'd be adding to the variety of entertainment available for those residents to enjoy, so it's rewarding 'work' (if you want to call it that!), as well. Where I live in NC's 'Triangle' area, the average rates paid to senior entertainers (a catch-all term that also includes activity providers like exercise/yoga instructors, arts/crafts workshop leaders, skiill demonstrators, and speakers/readers, as well as traditional entertainers and performers like singers, musicians, dancers and magicians, etc.) range anywhere from $50-$100, though some performers regularly get up to $150. The most I've seen paid to a solo performer is $250/hr. (to a professional magician.)
My website, Seniorplaylist.com, promotes local talent (in all its forms) and activity providers (like the suggestions I made to start with) to the Activity Directors of senior facilities in local markets nationwide, who often pay others to entertain or bring activities to do with their residents.
If you'd like to learn more about entertaining seniors for pay or to list a program on Seniorplaylist.com for free (which you may do anywhere in the U.S. (for now), except in the Triangle of NC), feel free to visit the site or to call me at 919/954-9745 to brainstorm some ideas for programs. A few I'm paid $50-$60/hr. to do are: poetry readings; inspirational short story readings; 'Collectors' Showcases' (where I bring a collection from home (see what I mean?) and invite residents, their family members and the facility staff to do the same, as an interactive 'Show-&-Tell'-type of program); arts/crafts workshops; skill demos (of using natural or gilded leaves, pine cones, etc. with silk greenery to design centerpieces, swags, etc.); and historical presentations about various decades through history, among others.
Good luck to you. I hope these ideas have been of some help to you or to others in a similar situation. There's certainly no shortage of them out there, which is one of the missions of the site: to introduce those struggling in today's economy to a little-known market for their skills that also benefits others (seniors, their Activity Directors, and the community as a whole, by boosting the local economy.) I wish you well, and hope to hear from you or see your listing on Seniorplaylist.com soon!
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