Discussion and guidance on a wide variety of issues influencing aged care. This section includes 'how to' articles, tips and strategies for effective care.
Working in aged care is extremely interesting and rewarding, but it’s also heartbreaking as most of our clients end up dying. We are in a constant state of grief yet most of us push the sadness aside and muster up the strength to carry on for the sake of the others.
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Twiddlemuffs (or twiddlemitts) are knitted hand-warmers that provide sensory stimulation for people living with dementia. They keep restless hands busy and soothe and comfort those who are anxious or agitated.
When I started as an aged care worker 30 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Showering, dressing, toileting and feeding were all part of a task orientated day for the people I cared for in an aged care facility.
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With existing hardware your facility already has (like laptops, projectors, tablets), activity coordinators can access a multitude of free online resources and tools that will usher in a wave of new, fun and unique experiences for residents.
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Drawing is a fun and interactive activity to pursue. Most people have done a little drawing or at least some doodling at some point in their lives. Offer clients the opportunity to revisit drawing as a pastime.
Activities for groups of clients with mixed cognitive levels can be harmonious and effective. Many activities can be created, compiled or adapted with different layers of difficulty, so everyone has the opportunity to participate.
Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate residents in nursing homes to attend and participate in scheduled activities. It is important that you identify any barriers - whether perceived or real - that might be preventing residents from getting involved.
Social Support Groups provide opportunities for seniors to remain engaged in the community and pursue their interests. They cater for the ageing population and people living with disabilities.
Vintage photos from yesteryear provide wonderful reminiscing opportunities for the elderly living with dementia. Remembering the past helps the elderly affirm their lives and uncover deep-seated memories.
The origins and meanings of names attract a lot of interest and are a wonderful subject for reminiscing with clients.