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Kimberly 21st Mar 2017
I'm currently working as a Activity DirectorADC at a 160 bed facility. We have assisted living/short term/long term and both female and dementia units.I need some fresh ideas for quick grab activites for aides to utilize for residents, that the residents dont need supervision with? Also my men don't want to do anything but eat,sleep and watch television!!! Desperate for ideas ????
Solange 22nd Mar 2017
Hi Kymberly, there are some activities that sometimes alert the interest of clients and don't need a lot of supervision.

Depending on stage of dementia you could chose from these activities:

Word Search, Picture Puzzles, Sorting Colour and Matching Shapes Games, Spinning Tops, Pairing and Sorting, cutting pictures from magazines (safety scissors required), Fiddle Boxes, Doll Therapy, Speciality books (cars, boats, caravans, trains), Colouring, Scratch & Sniff stickers, Spot the Differences.

All you do is show them and perhaps start the activity for them to continue.

Regarding the men not wanting to do anything; it is so true, memory clients are forever nodding on and off during the day. On the other hand, excessive nodding during the day (falls asleep while watching TV, reading a newspaper, or sitting on a sofa or during a conversation) could be caused by disturbed sleep and may be treatable. Inform clinical staff of your concerns.

Best wishes.

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