One-on-one visits allow caregivers to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many fun & stimulating activities to enjoy.
Visit each resident with your trolley delivering pancakes with their favourite topping. We find everyone loves the 1:1 interaction. Assistance may be needed for some to eat the pancakes but this is easily overcome by visiting those residents last or visiting at mealtime.
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Everyone responds instinctively to music. A person’s ability to engage in music often remains intact far into the advanced stages of dementia. Music triggers certain networks of the brain that benefit people suffering from difficulties with language, cognition, or motor control.
It is not uncommon for seniors living in assisted-living facilities to lack mental stimulation and social contact. Recreation Therapists often use one-on-one visits to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many enjoyable games and activities that can keep minds and bodies strong and active.
Most long term care facilities have some residents who are ‘loners’ or ‘introverts’; they enjoy being in their bedrooms and do not often pursue interaction with others.
Assist the elderly to maintain their interest in reading. A good opportunity for one-on-one time as you make your way around to all bedrooms. Discuss the book they have or the book they are about to read.
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Maintaining a weather station is an absorbing activity suitable for any time of the year. Men in particular will love this activity!
As a way to reach those residents who do not enjoy group activities we have created a mobile library.
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Once a fortnight as a change from icecream trolley, we have a milkshake trolley known as the 'Moo Mobile'
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Our rec staff have a lolly/treat trolley (a bit like a pink lady trolley in the hospitals).
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Here is a sample of a Life Story Template for you to use.
These are only ideas, you may have questions of your own relevant to the person you are talking to.