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siobhan 4th Dec 2014 Nurse Manager
hi I have two activities co-ordinators in my facility but I find they zone in on the residents who are able to participate , and give very little attention to the others especially the Alzheimer's residents. How would I address this issue. While the more alert residents are well entertained the others are left to sit. And I have addressed this issue( with no effect) but maybe someone would have a different way of doing this without offending.
Marie 9th Dec 2014 Lifestyle Coordinator
Hi Siobhan,

I had the same problem. I started a 1:1 list with every resident who does not attend activities on it. All staff are to spend 1:1 time with these residents. To stop the staff from seeing only the "easy" residents, I check the list each day and tell the person responsible for 1:1 visits who to see that day. We got very positive compliments from the assessors regarding this.
Darla 19th Dec 2014 Recreation and Rehab Manager
In our facility, we have 1-1 time 3 days per week. This is during afternoon snack time at 2pm. Snacks are served by kitchen staff and many residents gather for a social time. This free time allows for the recreation/activity aide to spend 15 -20 minutes with an individual resident at the last part of my day (finish at 2:30).

In our facility, we have also set up coffee table (with drawers)with one comfortable chair and open space for wheelchair. We have placed memory boxes and tinkering projects on/in coffee table, and take the opportunity to use them 1-1.
We also have a Snoezelen cart set up and on in one area.
Hope some of these ideas are helpful
Michelle 23rd Dec 2014 Divertional Therapist
I started a Resident of the day list, each day a resident is nominated per every rostered DT and they have certain questions to answer. Its amazing the responses that come out and these comments help me when I review activities and care plans.
sallyt 3rd Jan 2015
the way I do is to get all the abled bodies doing something in the morning then in the after noon between two and three thirty I make sure I have been and seen every one I play dominoes with one the best of three games I read the paper with one and just have a chat with others or even just to comb their hair I think it just getting them into a routine good luck

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