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Irini 6th Feb 2020 Psychologist
GOOD DAY ALL DAY TO ALL! !!!
I'M SEARCHING FOR IDEAS TO ENCOURAGE NURSING STAFF!!!
LIKE...HOW TO ACT WHEN THEY HELP A SENIOR TO HAVE A BATH!!!...OR.....HOW THEY SHOULD SPEAK WHEN THEY HELP SOMEONE TO DRESS!!!
AND IDEAS PLEASE HOW TO PRAISE THE NURSING STAFF!!! ( SO THEY WILL HAVE THE MOTIVE TO BECAME BETTER )!!!!
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE! !!
Solange 8th Feb 2020 Diversional Therapist
Hi, Irini, Dressing, and bathing is a valuable opportunity to meet emotional needs and offer compassionate touch. Use open-ended conversation by using questions that require more than a ’yes’ and ‘no’ answers. For instance: questions starting with ‘how’ and ‘what if’ like: ‘What if I wash your hair today? - ’What if after the bath/dressing I take you to sit in the sun? - How do you feel after a nice warm shower? - How about if I told you I am having problems buttoning your blouse correctly? Open-ended questions yield more information; they are especially good to start a conversation. You may talk about yourself: What if I told you I went to bed last night after midnight? Or about the facility: How do you like to have Potato & Leeks soup for lunch? (find out what is on the menu). Make sure you really listen to the resident to build trust and rapport. With a little practice, you can turn any question into an open-ended question.
Hilma 31st Mar 2020 Nurse
Hi Irini! The majority of our nursing staff were given a 3 day Dementia training by an accredited organisation. I, being a nurse can not tell how priceless the training is. All of the information Solange said and more!
Susan 1st Apr 2020 Activity Director
Hi Irini
It of course depends on what type of resident you are talking about
Those with dementia are much more difficult
Those with dementia are much more difficult
In general treat the resident like they were your friend and engage them the way you would engage your friend
For those who do not want to do something give them a choice of two things both of which you want them to do
You could say something like do you want to wear this outfit or this outfit then you could open up the conversation to say my favorite color is whatever the outfit color is it makes me feel
How does it make you feel
If they do not want to do something you could also say do you want to do it now or in 10 minutesYou could approach them a little bit later if they seem resistant or you could have someone else approach them
You may be able to use some ideas in this article

https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-get-reluctant-residents-to-attend-activities/5980/

Solange and Hilma also had good ideas

Let me know if there’s a specific type of resident that you are talking about

Thanks for your inquiry
Obviously you care deeply about the residents

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