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Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


Solange 16th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist


Hi, Sunya. Sure, if she is resourceful she will do a good job. If she isn't, train her and support her for a while and she will become good.
Solange 14th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist

Scent Guessing

Hi Sierra, in group settings sometimes it takes more than one session for them to get into the activity. You shouldn't give up; try another time with something completely different. It requires a little planning. Think of the popular perfumes and colognes from the 1950s and 1960s: buy or borrow it from residents' relatives; all you need is 3 or 4 perfumes/colognes.
Spray on a small piece of blotting paper and pass around for the residents to guess the scent. If you have males in the group, add an aftershave and scented hair product (Brylcreem). You will find that it may regenerate a lively discussion. Here are some possible choices:
'Chanel no. 5' by Chanel
'Tabu' by Dana
'English Lavender' by Yardley
'Accomplice' by Coty
"Arpege' by Lavin
'4711' by Maurer & Wirts
'Joy' byJean Patou
You may also ask residents what perfumes they used or preferred and then get the scents according to their taste and run the session a couple of weeks later. They will come around, you'll see!
Solange 14th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist


Thanks Susan
Solange 13th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist


Hi Luisa, risk assessment of activities is necessary to reduce hazards to its possible lowest impact. I don't have a form as yet but here is roughly what should be written in, for instance, a 'Gardening' risk assessment.
*Planting mixture and other soils - possible infections - *Risk - moderate - *Control measures - cover cuts and abrasions on hands and arms. Wear gloves, report anyone having a puncture for a tetanus injection. Wash residents hands and arms thoroughly before offering food and drinks - Risk control likelihood - acceptable - Date & sign__
*Plants dangers - Ingestion, allergic reaction - *Risk - moderate - *Control Measures - wear gloves, group supervision at all times *Risk control likelihood - small - Date & sign _______
*Bees, wasps - insects stings - *Risk - moderate - *Control measures - Antihistamine for Hay Fever sufferers and take advice from clinical staff for a possible history of severe allergy (anaphylaxis) *Risk control likelihood - Acceptable - *Date and sign ___
*Sun exposure - Dehydration, sunburn * Risk - moderate - *Control measures - Apply sunscreen, wear hats, offer drinks at short intervals- *Risk Likelihood - small - *Date & sign______

And so on, and on. Think about what can possibly go wrong with any activity, the worst possible scenario and devise ways to diminish, reduce or control the problem. Good luck!

Solange 13th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist


Hi Diane, you are on the right track. Interviews with residents are one of the best ways to find out residents' perceptions of the care they receive. IPad and iPhone can certainly help to record residents' preferences and wishes. Good luck!.
Solange 8th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist

Irish Carpet Bowls

Hi Cara, well done! It sounds so much fun!
Solange 31st Jan 2019 Diversional Therapist

Cue Cards for Dementia Care

Thank you, Shannon, for sharing this priceless information.
Solange 28th Jan 2019 Diversional Therapist

Newsletter Template 1

Hi Vicky, you may find some inspiration and ideas on this link of a newsletter template. Regarding gathering information: ask staff and clients relatives to contribute with dates of anniversaries, new birth, and engagement, community news, a profile of a resident, and so on. The more you make the easier it gets. All the best of luck!
Solange 27th Jan 2019 Diversional Therapist

20 Practical Activities for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Hi Louise, yes lego can be used to sort colours and shapes. It also helps to refine dexterity as clients handle the small blocks. Lego blocks are also an excellent intergenerational activity to interact with grandchildren and/or visiting children.
Solange 27th Jan 2019 Diversional Therapist

How to Avoid Burnout

That's right Pat if you don't take control, and actively and conscientiously manage your time, you'll pay the price. It is very important to learn to delegate tasks and ask for help when the going gets tough.