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Jean

Activities Coordinator From England, United Kingdom


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Jean 22nd Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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Enjoy the new job, if you use this site you cant go wrong.
Jean 17th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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Indian food is so tasty and the colour and texture of the traditional clothing is really lovely. I think it will be a day that many of your residents will enjoy.
Jean 17th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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Thanks Natalie, I am going to try the library in a town near here and see what they have.
It turned out that one of my ladies met her late husband through a pen pal scheme.
Another lady remembered going to the post office every week to collect some money 'without that trip to the post office I would have not been able to feed my children' she recalled.
They all recalled lessons at school where they were taught the format of a letter etc.
We spoke about writing to a family member and telling them we were expecting a new baby, then I gave them a parcel to open that contained a new babies knitted jacket, bootees, bonnet and mittens. It was quite an emotional but enjoyable session.
Jean 14th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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I started a new multi sensory reminiscence activity called 'Memory Club'. It is a group activity where we talk about a particular topic, I show them pictures, or related items. We listen to related songs/music , have something to eat and show a short you tube clip. The activity that lasts for approx 2 hours, bearing in mind we have a break with a cup of tea and something to eat, has gone down very well with the residents. I used the Queens official birthday and the trooping of the colours as a topic and I am now preparing a session about the Post Office & stamps. We will have a short chat about the history of the post office and stamps. Did anyone in the group ever collect stamps? It is going to be amazing reminiscing about the excitement of receiving a parcel in the post, a long awaited letter from distant family member/loved one. The anxiety of having to wait for exam results that had been put in the post etc. I will have them opening envelopes that have cards in them: Birthday, Get Well, Your New Home, New Baby etc. Do you remember the days when you bought your Christmas cards and sat down with a cup of tea, the address book and a list of names of people you were sending cards to? I think that as long as I can find topics that my residents can relate to that this is going to continue to be a successful activity.
Jean 7th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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I made a song book that is supported by Alexa. I chose the song titles, looked up the words
on the internet and asked Alexa to play them. It was quite a bit of work some songs have several versions and you need to make sure your words, in the book correspond with the version Alexa is going to play. so I ask for it by giving the singers name. I use a second CD & songbook at times that was designed to be an exercise CD. I think your resources will be different from mine though as we work in different countries.
Jean 4th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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I was recently given an assistant to train and as well as doing on the job training I used articles that have appeared on this website in relation to topics that may have come up in conversation during the day. Have a look under resources also.
Jean 3rd Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator

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Something is working as this time of day has really improved. I compiled a list of 'recommended' activities for this time for the carers & activity staff who are in the lounge to engage in and recommended the use of headphones on all tablets and music related activities. The lounge is now quieter and more peaceful. Thanks to all who shared ideas etc.
Jean 25th May 2020 Activities Coordinator

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I have some of my residents making pom-poms.
Jean 25th May 2020 Activities Coordinator

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I have reminded myself that as a dementia home there is probably not a complete solution to my problem however your comments have led me to think positive and strive for some success.
During this period 4PM to 5:30PM I will implementing a program of small groups and self- engagement that will include jigsaw puzzles, sorting, dominoes, pamper nails hand wash/massage, foot spa etc. We also have several tablets that have personalised programs & play lists on them that will be used with headphones. This will all culminate in a sing along.
I will use this medium and give you some feedback after some 'trials'
Thanks again
Jean 20th May 2020 Activities Coordinator

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Thank you for your support and ideas, they are all appreciated. I will work through ideas and with a bit of 'tweeking' here and there I feel sure that I can improve the afternoons.
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