16 Ways to Promote Social Inclusion in Senior Care

16 Ways to Promote Social Inclusion in Senior Care

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

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Seniors who live in assisted living communities can struggle to feel connected and make friends. Activity Professionals play an important role in keeping residents socially connected by encouraging participation in creative ways.

Seniors who live in assisted living communities can struggle to feel connected and make friends. Activity Professionals play an important role in keeping residents socially connected by encouraging participation in creative ways.

In this article we cover:

  • What is social inclusion?
  • Why is social inclusion important?
  • Social Isolation: Potential Warning Signs
  • 16 Ways to Promote Social Inclusion in Your Community
  • Try to reach even the most reserved residents in some way

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Jean 18th Jan 2019 Activities Provider
Thanks for your advise Danielle, I like the idea of the free coffee/tea coupon and will give out several each day to keep people popping in. I will do tea, coffee, and strawberry or chocolate milkshake. along with scones, waffles and scotch pancakes as they all go with butter cream and jam and are items that are not on the regular menu very often.
Danielle 17th Jan 2019 Recreational Therapist
I would suggest the morning of this pop up café, give residents a card for a free coffee and cake. Like we get at cafes to generate customers. This will promote a sense of belonging and a personal invitation will go a long way. Make sure you give each resident a few cards and tell them to bring any friends and family along.
Have the set up like a normal café with tables for each group of people that come if possible. Play soft instrumental music in the background, have a coffee brewing in the café for the smells and if you have access to one, have a cake or something baking on a small oven for the smells also. Have flowers on each table with a lovely table cloth. Have a set menu with everything you are able to offer: keep it simple with about 3 food and drink options (you don't want too many otherwise it will be soo hard to manage. You can give your residents who attend a little chocolate upon leaving the café. Hope this helps :)
Jean 12th Jan 2019 Activities Provider
I am going to set up a Pop up Cafe in a spare room for a week and invite family and friends to make use of it when they visit. I want our residents to feel as if they have had an outing. Does anybody have any hints and/or tips on how I can make this 'outing' a special treat. Thanks, Jean
Haley 11th Jan 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
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