5 Ways to Honor Residents by Validating Their Past

5 Ways to Honor Residents by Validating Their Past

User Profile By Haley Burress   United States

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Make your residents feel special by honoring their pasts and talents with these activity ideas.

Seniors have lived for a long time...and they have the stories to prove it. However, when they move into a senior community, they don’t always have the chance to share experiences that shaped their life. Make your residents feel special by honoring their pasts and talents with these activity ideas.

In this article we cover:

  • Why are Resident Stories Important?
  • How to Learn More about the Past Lives of Residents
  • 5 Activities to Honor Residents

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Greg 17th Apr 2019 Engagement Director
Here are some ways I honor my resident's life stories.

I do this by coordinating and doing reminiscing activities often - such as 'Memories & Mimosas', 'Housewives Tales or Truths', 'Let's Bake' (and baking recipes provided by the residents), reading and remembering original 'Mother Goose' stories, asking specific questions about their parents and siblings and growing up, and other fun childhood-specific games like 'School Days' discussion questions and other similarly styled games.

--Lauren Yntema
Engagement Coordinator
Atlanta, GA
Owen 16th Apr 2019 Retired
I could not agree more with the comments and suggestions. I found this in my case and I am now involved in many of the ideas to make me feel part of the residential gathering like saying grace before the meal, leading discussions, helping with ideas for the programme from Golden Carers which has lots of ideas, some of which I have even contributed. And as a keen photographer and former press journalist I enjoy taking pictures of the group's activities for our end of year pictorial record.
All this for my integration into to fold and personal satisfaction as well as enjoyment.
Owen
Solange 16th Apr 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Owen, I hope you know you are an asset to your facility. You remind me of a quote: "There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Bless you!
Sharon 16th Apr 2019 Activity
Hello, I use Validation Techniques for Dementia care. Author/Founder Naomi Feil. Sharon Stojak USA
Haley 15th Apr 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
Haley has submitted a new article: 5 Ways To Honor Residents By Validating Their Past
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