I assume that by now everybody in our industry has noticed that there has been a change in the profile of residents going into care in the past few years. There are many factors to this change; one of them is the generous support of governmental programs assisting caregivers and elderly citizens.
That means that people being placed in aged care facilities are older, often with multiple medical needs. The implication for Recreation Therapists and other health staff is that this new profile of residents makes participation, cooperation and compliance so much harder to achieve. If you work in a high care facility it is even harder.
The best way I found to seek engagement from participants in any activity is to have small groups to start with. Four to six people are easier to encourage and enthuse in my experience. Participants have the advantage of hearing you better, to have speedy assistance when needed and to have the coziness and the privacy only small groups can offer.
What are your thoughts? Are you successful with small groups?
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