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Solange

From Queensland, Australia


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Solange 10th Dec 2017

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Hi Bobbi, the allocation of the budget depends on the Program you have for the year. In my experience, we spend approximately 70% of the budget on entertainment: outings, concerts,
instructors (Tai Chi, Yoga), theme events, etc. We kept 20% for the purchase of games, craft material, and other resources. The other 10% we kept for a 'raining day' until the end of the year when we would spend it on Christmas. Of course, the budget allocation depends also on whether it is generous or weak. In my days our budget was $250 dollars a month for a facility of 64 beds. Hope this helps.
Solange 10th Dec 2017

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Hi Bobbi, yes, online training seems to be the most popular in my experience. Some facilities also have an in-house training education where educators come to update staff on Dementia, Hospice Care, and Health & Safety among others.
Solange 7th Dec 2017

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Hi Nikole, winter is a great time to craft. Of course, the craft must suit the skills of your clients.
For instance, dementia clients may enjoy making a winter poster: offer magazines and old calendars to cut out winter pictures (with safety scissors). For high functioning residents something more challenging like Christmas garlands, pom-pom wreaths, paper snowflakes, or sock snowmen. All the best.
Solange 29th Nov 2017

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Hi Heather, have you tried these?
Tactile games in Braille: Four in a Row – Banana-grams – Sudoku.
Outings for coffee or ice cream (You’ll need a volunteer)
Sculpting with dry clay
Pet therapy – Invite someone with a docile cat or dog to visit the facility
Cooking (mixing eggs and sugar or breaking eggs, or shaping dough) –
Craft – God’s Eye – unravelling wool – recycled collage - Stick pictures.
Solange 27th Nov 2017

What’s New in Board Games for Seniors

Hi Lori, can you give some more information, please. I have never heard of Tour Goal game; perhaps it is known by another name or is it a soccer game?
Solange 26th Nov 2017

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You are quite right Donna. Staff should have at least the minimum training required to be able to fit the individual competencies and skills of clients with dementia.
Solange 26th Nov 2017

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Hi Rachel, it is really disheartening when the numbers drop in any activity. Have you tried to involve clients’ family in the activity? Invite relatives so they may combine a visit with the activity. Another idea is to announce a Quiz Tournament. Divide participants into two groups and offer a choice of two quizzes, e.g. a Geography quiz or a World’s Capital quiz. The winning group will be serenaded by the loser group with some known song. Make it fun and they will be back. All the best.
Solange 22nd Nov 2017

Dice Games for the Elderly

Great games Lydia. Thank you for sharing.
Solange 20th Nov 2017

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Hi Robin, It is important to consult families to provide the best of care: What is most important to the person: desire, values, family situations. Finding out ways to help clients to manage their own health. Providing emotional support. Learning how to make clients physically comfortable and safe. Working together to improve communication, information and education.
Solange 20th Nov 2017

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Hi Marianne, Music Bingo is so much fun. You don’t necessarily need a musician; just a good selection of music, either from YouTube or CDs. The first thing to do is to choose the genre: country, pop, rock n’ roll. Then make cards including the names of songs and artists/bands. Buy Top 40 CDs or look on YouTube selection for Hits of the 1060s, 1970s or 1980s. Also, any Top Hundred hits will give dozens of well-known songs to play Music Bingo.
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