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Solange 14th May 2011 Diversional Therapist
Hi Julie, It is really sad that there are still people with this sort of attitude. We are a vital part of the various disciplines required to deliver optimal health care in hostels and nursing homes. People often forget that our elders are going through major changes in their lives where confidence and stamina are often low. Can you imagine if the spiritual, emotional and recreation assistance we provide would be taken away? The results could well be further social isolation, depression and other ills. I am glad to hear management is supportive. Perhaps if you could involve the staff in some activities so they would realise it is not as easy as they think. I often invite staff to participate in all theme parties, festivals, karaoke, singing duos on Valentines, Christmas carols, horse race and hat parade on Melbourne cup, limbo rock on Hawaiian Luau, etc. Good luck!

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