Michelle 14th Jun 2015
When doing a manicure/sensory activity where lotion is applied to the hands before the manicure, to avoid the nail polish from sliding off the nail,wipe the nail surface only with nail polish remover prior to applying polish/base coat..
Maria 7th Sep 2014
My clients are high care & with dementia and don't seem to take interest in doll therapy as a group. But on one:one they get involve for a short time caressing and go on humming the sing-a-long. I bath the doll in a baby bath, have all set, face washer, towel, baby soap, baby powder, clothes ready...allowing them to touch the water temperature...they don't show interest and some criticised. there's another way more excited to do it? Maria J
jasbir 17th Jul 2014
I am doing this hand and nail massage in my facility every week and its really helps to make people happy.
Joanne 10th Oct 2012
I've actually combined this with a ladies the facial first and then a hand well. We usually have a nutrimetics lady giving us her time and goods and also two staff members. Sometimes we've just had a nail day where all of the activity staff (3) do the nails.
Clarissa 11th Nov 2011
I do nails twice a week. I have seperate snap lock bags with files and clippers, I have a 4 shelf plastic display, showing off all of the colours. I provide hand massages prior. The trick is do a nice hand massage AFTER the clipping/filing, then get your cotton ball and wipe off the nail with nail polish remover and then apply the paint.
Solange 5th Mar 2011
Yes, Stephanie, some facilities are quite strict about it. In our facility we also have a pamper session and we use an aroma therapy mixture made in-house by an Aroma Therapist. It is rather nice. Staff must use rubber gloves to apply it.
Stephanie 2nd Mar 2011
We have a once a month pamper session that the residents all enjoy. However residents provide their own nail kits and creams as it can become an infection control issue. Sign of the times I guess.
tyrone 19th Oct 2010
the way i do hand and nail care is i have a tapestry make up case and do ti about once a fortnight in the afternoons i trim file and paint the nails or trim file and hand massage letting the ladies choose when i started doing this not many were interested now as soon as the ladies see the make up case i will be doing one lady and end up with a line of ladies waiting so i think that this is definatly working
Solange 8th Oct 2010
Hi Amanda, you are quite right. The best attention is the one on one attention, however in Nursing Homes it is hard to find the time to do it to every person.Where I work every resident has a 'special day' a month when staff can pamper that resident for a day. It works quite well.
Amanda 7th Oct 2010
I work in a Rehab facility so I implement this activity slightly different, instead of a small group I actually use it as a one on one activity. I will do a hand soak, then will trim, file and paint the nails and follow up with a massage last. So far all nail polish has stayed put!
Solange 4th Jul 2009
I agree with you Carol, one thing at a time is better. I only do both if the resident is keen.
Carol 4th Jul 2009
I discovered that hand massage and nail painting in the same session doesn't work well. The nail polish literally slid off the nails overnight. It seems a shame to give a lovely hand massage and then wipe it completely dry before applying polish. Now I do either/or and the residents are not disappointed.