I was hesitant at first to sign up for another website for activities, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It has been fun to search all you have to offer and during Covid-19 your site has helped me and our other Life Enrichment Coordinator so much. I truly appreciate all you do and provide. It just gets better all the time. Our residents love the word searches because they are so bold and clear. We have used many of your ideas and I’m so grateful! Thank you!
Jeannie Butcher Life Enrichment Coordinator United States
I just love love love this site - each time I'm glued to the many and awesome ideas to engage with our seniors. I recently downloaded some of the crossword puzzles and these seniors are fabulous to work with. That is just the tip of the iceberg. In this new chapter of my life, as semi-retired, I am so enjoying my time with seniors and watching them light up; I feel I've found a new niche. It's extremely gratifying. As to the cost of membership, it came out of my pocket - I rationalised that it was only about $3/month, less than many magazines. So keep up the GREAT work!!! Thanks again Golden Carers!!!!!
We had a group similar to what you are describing. I think
There are mixed opinions as to whether you should arouse sleeping residents. You should go with what your boss and director of nurses say.
Let's assume you should try to arouse them.
Understand that it is a lot of work. You need to be enthusiastic complimentary and excited about what it is you are doing. In most cases, you are the residents' voice. So knowing the resident' history is important
I like to start with a simple physical activity like table ball with music in the background
Cheer for every resident action
You may have to do hand over hand cueing.
Then... tell me more about resident backgrounds so I can suggest what to do after that.????
I Ilke a sing-along. Again initially you may have to do most of the singing. Maybe you can help the residents clap to the music as you sing.
I also like simple card games like war or 21 where you are the facilitator for the residents. You can give a commentary about the action in the game
Like I said it takes a lot of energy on your part.
Thankyou for the reply. It is really helpful. The residents in princess chairs have either had strokes or are not able to use their hands at all. I do feel like I am failing in every sense of the job. there is a lot going on at work and with no help from carers it is becoming harder and harder to stay positive. I have to remember I am there for them to make their days meaningful
yes, I-1s is your best bet. Just sitting and talking while hand massage is a gift we all need. Fortunately we have a wonderful volunteer who is able to support us in this area. I encourage them to share there interest which is a stepping stone into what ever may lie ahead.
Group settings could be an issue with individuals. eg: noise levels, congestion, are they afraid? There is so much information we need to learn. hope this can help you in some way.
Give yourself a pat on the back. you are doing a great job.