One-on-one visits allow caregivers to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many fun & stimulating activities to enjoy.
Touch is important for everyone; it is an essential part of our well-being. For the elderly, the healing power of human touch cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately, many seniors do not experience the simple act of touch on a daily basis.
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Visit each resident with your trolley delivering pancakes with their favourite topping. We find everyone loves the 1:1 interaction. Assistance may be needed for some to eat the pancakes but this is easily overcome by visiting those residents last or visiting at mealtime.
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Everyone responds instinctively to music. A person’s ability to engage in music often remains intact far into the advanced stages of dementia. Music triggers certain networks of the brain that benefit people suffering from difficulties with language, cognition, or motor control.
It is not uncommon for seniors living in assisted-living facilities to lack mental stimulation and social contact. Recreation Therapists often use one-on-one visits to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many enjoyable games and activities that can keep minds and bodies strong and active.
Most long term care facilities have some residents who are ‘loners’ or ‘introverts’; they enjoy being in their bedrooms and do not often pursue interaction with others.
Assist the elderly to maintain their interest in reading. A good opportunity for one-on-one time as you make your way around to all bedrooms. Discuss the book they have or the book they are about to read.
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Maintaining a weather station is an absorbing activity suitable for any time of the year. Men in particular will love this activity!
As a way to reach those residents who do not enjoy group activities we have created a mobile library.
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Once a fortnight as a change from icecream trolley, we have a milkshake trolley known as the 'Moo Mobile'
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Our rec staff have a lolly/treat trolley (a bit like a pink lady trolley in the hospitals).
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Here is a sample of a Life Story Template for you to use.
These are only ideas, you may have questions of your own relevant to the person you are talking to.
Beautiful scrapbooks made from recycled magazines. Make them to suit the interests of individuals. A wonderful activity for seniors living with dementia.
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For facilities that have people from a cultural and linguistic diverse background (CALD) it is a good idea to make a 'Radio Guide' with musical and talk-shows programs to suit each individual.
Each resident will bring her own handbag to be cleaned-up. The idea is to have them engaging in cleaning up and talking about the contents of their handbags.
We introduced mobile activities for those residents who choose to stay in their rooms or choose to not attend activities.
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Improve dexterity (grasping objects) and practice decision-making.
Promote cognitive well being, provide fun and enjoyment, and establish old roles.
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day
Make clients feel special and keep hands and nails clean.
Calm the mind and cleanse the spirit with essential oils. A lovely activity for seniors.
Sensory stimulation. Reduce stiffness. A good alternative if your client cannot use the bath.
Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.
This is a wonderful one-on-one activity for the elderly, including those living with dementia. It promotes memory recall and reinforces self-worth by validating their past lives.
Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity. Ideal for people living with dementia.