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Some are able to communicate and others not much at all. Bingo, Ring Toss and Balloon toss seems to be the only thing they really enjoy.
Some sleep thru all of our events.
I am wondering if it would be better to divide them up into group and give each group activities based on their mental and physical abilities.
I don't want to frustrate them and I do want to challenge them.
This is a fairly typical situation because your residents are there for different reasons and abilities can vary greatly
Here are some ideas I had for Caroline that are specially good low functioning groups
Unless you can divide yourself it's probably easier to do a group that can accommodate most residents
For example during bingo you can play but a bingo partnering up higher and lower functioning residents and saying that if one of the players win then they all win
I like exercise groups where are you can go around and help those having trouble
Here is an article I wrote about that
I like playing card games also
Dice games are games that can be adapted to meet the needs of most of your residents
Bunco is a fun game that takes no skill and can be adapted to make the need most groups
What about reading a short story to a group make sure that it's very interactive
You can ask higher functioning residents what a person who is nonverbal might be thinking or feeling
Say tell me what you think about what I just read do it often so people pay attention and our part of the group
Also you can read these comments and see if that helps
This is a lot of information for you so try these things and if you need more help let us know
I am of the opinion that dividing groups into interests and ability is indispensable for an activity program to be effective.
However, when I say dividing, I don't necessarily mean into separate rooms if the room you are located is big enough.
I used to work in a dementia specific unit where most of the residents sat in the sitting room. When I started working there all the seats were against the walls in a big circle with the TV as the focal point. We rearranged the chairs and the TV sothere were three separate areas. The TV went to a corner, the furthest from the door, with some seats around it. Then there were some clusters of 2 to 4 chairs around tea tables. Finally, there a smaller semicircle of chairs near the door. We used a smart tv so the area near the tv was audiovisual stimulation for those less able (old music, animal videos, landscapes, baby videos, colours and shapes, guided meditation, etc.), the small clusters around tables were for people who could do things to entertain themselves, magazines, jigsaws, pen and paper puzzles, colouring, etc. And the semicircle was for the more social who enjoyed group activities. I divided my time between and sometimes would ask people to move to different seats if i knew they would enjoy something I was doing in the group, for example a lady who was almost never able to do things in groups but who knew all the proverbs.
I hope this helps you
I use a tool called the Poole activity level (PAL) it assesses residents into 4 groups dependent on abilities and activity level. I then use this to write each residents care plan as it explains each level and what type of activity is good for that level. Of course I use the residents life stories as well to ensure the care plans are personal centered.
Research Jackie Poole
thanks again for your thoughts.
You can feel pretty clever about thinking on different levels
I agree with Sharon that you can do a project and have each resident do what they are able
Yes and it's not the product it's the process