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Karen 30th Mar 2017

Posted in How to Support Mentally Alert Clients in Mixed Group Environments

I really find one of the best things for our more Mentally Alert Clients can be to have them assist the others, or even get them helping out with the activity. That way they really feel that they are contributing and (For lack of a better phrase) not being "lumped in" with all the others. I have also developed some great find a words that are 'hard', 'harder' and 'hardest'.
Kathleen 30th Mar 2017

Posted in Dealing with Grief: How to Cope when clients pass away

Thank you for this wonderful article Del.
Our Adult Day program has lost four of our seniors already this year. On top of that, one of my co-workers lost an Uncle and my other co-worker lost a very dear friend of the family to a MVI recently. We have all been struggling with our own grief in our own way. I am giving each of my staff a copy of this and we will be talking it over at our staff meeting next week. Our client losses were not expected so were a double blow to us and our clients.
As a group we make small photo albums for the families of their loved ones time with our program, and have everyone sign a card of thanks to the family for sharing their loved one with all of us. We pass the photo album around our group and reminisce as a way of healing with our program attendees. They are encouraged to write down a funny memory or a special moment they remember of the person who has died. We put these in the book as well. This helps all of us heal and the families like the books too. I think as caregivers we often forget to take time to grieve ourselves. That is why I so appreciate your article. It is grounding. Thank you.
Lalaine 29th Mar 2017

Posted in How to Conduct an Activities Survey

This is great! it gives me lots of ideas and information. Thank you for creating and helping us. Everything are here, I wish it will give us more so we can improve our activities cater for elderly.
Thank you
Terri 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Dealing with Grief: How to Cope when clients pass away

I too can only say thank you with all my heart. I was just saying today to a colleague how do you cope as we spoke of a resident who was coming back from hospital palletive care. We spoke that it feels at times that you are in a constant feeling of grief as we see residents that you love and care for pass on.
I will be taking your article into work tomorrow to share. Thank you again.
Kay 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Horsing around

My therapy mini wears Build a Bear sneakers when she is in facilities where she walks on laminate or tile floors. Works like a charm!!
Sue 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Dealing with Grief: How to Cope when clients pass away

THank you so much for this timely article.
A month ago our family experienced the heartache of losing our young officer and his young friend in a tragic accident. My nephew was the driver and fell asleep at the wheel. Both were killed at the scene. I never had a chance to say goodbye to him, and my sister has been brittle dealing with her own grief and heartache.
TOday, I sat with one of my elder friends as he passed on. Family was not able to be with him, so I took my ukulele and sang hymns and read psalms. I felt honored to be part of his going on. In our dementia unit, such passing is a blessing as the latter stages of the disease take away life vitality. As his life departed, I asked him to tell my nephew how much I love him and miss him.
Later when family arrived, they felt so appreciative that I was there in those moments.
But the blessing is mine. This fine man had spent his life serving the church and shared a year with us and much joy.

With grief, I try to remember the joys.
Kath 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Dealing with Grief: How to Cope when clients pass away

Thank you, so much to say about this and how needed it is, all I can do right now is say thank you.
Del 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Dealing with Grief: How to Cope when clients pass away

Del has submitted an article: Dealing with Grief
Ria 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Rock on Rock Craft

Hi. I was just wondering what type of glue would you use for rock on rock projects. Also, where do I buy the rocks from?
Daz 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Be The Change You Want To See

Person centred care is about building relationships.

Its about making the lived experience enjoyable for all involved.

Kim 28th Mar 2017

Posted in Be The Change You Want To See

What a wonderful article. Last night I watched a program on the ABC relating to the mistreatment of special needs clients in a "care facility'. it made me sick, it made me cry and it made me angry. Most importantly it made me think about how I relate to the Residents in my care. I work in age care. Everyone of my residents are different to the next and should be treated as such, with dignity, respect and what used to be called common decency. I fear that person centred care will not become a reality whilst the Dollar rules the bottom line. We that work in this industry have to make it happen regardless and do the very best we can to provide a safe and fulfilling life for those in our care. Stand strong and be proud to support those in need.
Maria 27th Mar 2017

Posted in Sample Activities Calendars

Hi everyone, I am about to start a new program for our lower care residents and sun downing residents.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for some activities that I could start with.

Thank you,


Robyn 27th Mar 2017

Posted in Irish Carpet Bowls

talk about laugh, people kept coming into see what all the noise was about. we had potatoes that had a mind of their own, they would skip over other potatoes, go off the mat and role back on. so much fun
Lynn 27th Mar 2017

Posted in Pet Therapy in Nursing Homes

Pet therapy is also referred to as animal-assisted therapy (AAT). AAT is sometimes confused with animal-assisted activities (AAA). AAT is a formal, structured set of sessions that helps people reach specific goals in their treatment. AAA involves more casual meetings in which an animal and its handler interact with one or more people for comfort or recreation.
........A family member bringing in a pet i.e. dog that is not a certified therapy dog makes it a pet visit not pet therapy... please see link above for more information on Pet Therapy.
Kymberly 26th Mar 2017

Posted in Hand Massage & Nail Care

Its a lovely idea - are there H&S issues involved here, with doing massage, as well as hygiene? It would be nice to introduce with mother's day coming up
Karen 26th Mar 2017

Posted in The Price is Right Game

I used this idea today and was estatic to see my residents enjoy the game so much. I made a large sign that stood on table with price is right written in red, placed a red tablecloth on table then placed grocery items on table with a card in front of each item with a description written on front of card and price on inside. I then had three rows of chairs in front of table for residents. The person that guessed the correct price won a little prize. It is something that I haven't done before so the residents were very interested in what was going on. Thanks for such a great idea
Lynley 24th Mar 2017

Posted in Easter Bingo

I tried this game last Easter but a lot of the residents could not distinguish between the eggs and colours (due to eyesight issues) and found it very frustrating. Maybe I might make a smaller version and larger when time permits.
Pam 24th Mar 2017

Posted in Art-Based Cognitive Therapy: Palm Sketch

Loved the Art-Based Cognitive Therapy: Palm Sketch! we traced everyones hands with a black felt let them do what they wanted, some people coloured in their hands others abstracted and others painted fingernails on hands. I googled some info on palm reading and we all chatted about it. Awesome activity:)
Deirdre 23rd Mar 2017

Posted in Art-Based Cognitive Therapy: Palm Sketch

Fantastic idea. Thank you so much to every one who has contributed this is my most valued resource.
Carol 23rd Mar 2017

Posted in Teddy Bears Picnic Party/Get together

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Party/get together