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Patricia 28th Jan 2017 Quality Of Life Director
I have 80 residents in my community skilled nursing/rehab. 1/2 of them have dementia and 1/4 are rehab and the other 1/4 are long term residents.
My challenge is having activities coinside with both groups or at separte times. I have 1 full time assistant and myself. I have involved in many, many meetings every week. Any ideas/activites would be so appreciated.
Solange 30th Jan 2017 Diversional Therapist
Hi Patricia, I would have two activities going at once; that way clients could have a choice. The activities should harmonise with each other; e.g. If one activity is Proverbs, the other should be a Quiz or another activity that would not perturb the other running activity. Best wishes.
Opal 12th Feb 2017 Lifestyle Co-Or
Hi Patricia, This sounds just like my place. 50 residents with 10 high dementia needs and anther 10 high functioning and everyone one else in between. It can be a real challenge at times, along with all the meetings :)
I find having access anytime to scrabble and cards is working well [ at the moment anyway] The first few times I needed to encourage them, target group of about 8 as not all come each time and some are happy just watching. I also included one lady with advanced dementia, but her word and social skills are still high, some residents were a bit concerned at first, but then she started to beat them ;) They now organise themselves but still like to be in the same area as the staff. Also 2 suggestions for the quiz. Ask a question get an answer then go around group one by one and see if others agree or have a different answer. 2) Ask a question with no right/wrong answer eg What is your favourite ........., Have you ever.......
I hope this helps you and I am sure that you have tried these already. We are here to help each other and I am putting up my own help request now
Good luck Robyn

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