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I need help running a professional Diversional Therapy program on little to NO MONEY.
I am not allocated a specific budget and I am hitting wall after wall after wall trying to get money for my program.
Sourcing quality resources, both internally and externally, to create a program to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, and physical well-being of each individual resident is very time consuming and costly process. Trying to do this where the vast majority of the resources need to be free is very difficult ... help please!
Its not easy when you don't have the support you need to run a professional program. If you can get in contact with your local library they are a big help as when they decommission large print books and talking books you can go on a list and they will donate them to you for free. Also you can make Bingo Sets up using A4 paper and just a bit of time on a computer and laminate. Search the internet for trivia/ quiz questions to help run word game sessions. Internet is also great for different colouring pages and information for Arm chair travel sessions. I also place advertisements in our newsletters asking if family members are cleaning out craft supplies to please remember us as we can put things to good use. The Op shop is also good for board games and puzzles. I find the Large floor puzzle best for our high care and Dementia specific unit. Low care like the puzzles up to 100 piece. Hope this help you out a little bit
I made a A3 size 'Activities Wish List' laminated and placed in each areas. I use white board markers to write up items we looking for.
Visitors, family members keep looking out to check the list. If you can allocate a donation box next to it, you will get lots of items.
I've been here. You've already received some good ideas. Here are some things I've done. Bingo cards can found on the computer printed, enlarged and laminated, and use bottle tops as tokins. Visit the $2 shops, vinnies etc for playing cards, dominos, boardgames, craft, knitting needles, paint brushes, clue sticks and scissors even cd's and movies. etc.
Sorting games can be made with coloured pegs, ($1.50) large buttons,( vinnies) and coloured cookie cutters ( $2.00). Pom Pom making - use a cereal box and wool scrapes. Make picture scrape books from old magazines. My basic kit cost me about me about $50.00 and I still use it.
Use google for quizzes. Jig saw puzzles can be made from old calendar pictures , just laminate and cut into squares or triangles of 6 or 9 pieces. Finally organise a fundraiser for activity equipment ( chocolates in winter work a treat. Good luck. Vikki