Love all the great ideas. Love Golden Carers. I have used so many of your ideas since I started and all with great feedback with staff who like to join in too. What a difference I have seen in the residents, more joining in because of giving them time to express what they like to do and always offering for them to join in, whatever the activity. Having so much to offer but not overwhelming them, just a little at a time and someone will show their enthusiasm to give it a try. Thank you Golden Carers.
To tell you the truth I have never celebrate the DT week. However, I believe that any excuse is a good excuse to have a celebration. Here is one idea on how to do it.
How to celebrate Diversional Therapy week
Many facilities celebrate it with a morning tea and activities for staff, residents and their relatives and volunteers. The idea is to promote the benefits of leisure and recreation for people living in long term care organizations and other health care facilities. Some of the activities featuring on this special day should be the ones highlighting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of clients which recreation staff strives to meet on a daily basis; often without much support and/or funds.
I hope this can be of some help.