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Solange

Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


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Solange 11th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist

Canvas Creative Group Project

Hi, Elsie, thank you for your kind words, we appreciate it. All the best.
Solange 11th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist

Magazine Scavenger Hunt

Hi Alison, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Solange 10th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Sarah, here is an example of an assorted Rummage Box.
small screwdriver, lipstick, chocolate, black and white photograph, soft toy, bottle opener, pair of gloves, coins, CDs, lavender posy, car keys, compact powder, doilies, spoons.
Solange 10th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Dawn, the recommendation of Diane for vision-impaired residents is very good, I also had good results with 'What's in the Bag'. You could also try air-dry clay for sculpting; they can mold whatever they want; small bowls and vases, hearts to hang on walls, flowers, animals. They can later paint or decorate to their choices. The visually impaired relies on sounds, smell, and touch. A game of scents entertains and aids the memory e.g. small jars od kitchen scents like cloves, cinnamon, star anise, or fresh herbs; mint, rocket, coriander, and parsley. You can also ask relatives for donations of pieces of fabric: velvet, silk, lace, wool to reminisce how those fabrics were used in their youth. Keep safe.
Solange 9th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Leeann. You could try gathering some baby photos of yourself, and other staff plus some of the residents to have a fun couple of hours entertainment.
You could play 'Who is in the Photo?". Gather at least 12 baby photos and display for residents to guess who they are. They may work in groups or alone. Give clues if needed e.g. 'she works here or she/he lives here
You could also have a "Carpet Bowls Tournament". Divide residents into groups of 3 and have token prizes for the winner group. Repeat the tournament changing the group players. Here are a couple more.
'Remembering the 1960s' - with music, food, fashion, and the world without media!
'Poster Competition' - Divide them into groups of 3 to create posters with positive catch-phrases about growing old.
All the best. Keep safe.
Solange 25th Aug 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Sylvia, it depends on their abilities; I would stay away from oil painting but there are many other options for painting: watercolour, acrylics, poster paint. I recommend poster paint for affordability, speedier drying, and the fact that you can dilute them to make watercolour style texture. You can also mix them with glossy PVA glue for a striking finish. Brushes are very important, there are many good brands: Princeton, Da Vinci, Loew Cornell to name a few. Loew Cornell is inexpensive and durable, and Da Vince is more upmarket. Buy a set of 12 or more brushes with a round tip and a set with a flat tip. Hope this helps.
Solange 25th Aug 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Pamela, your clients are Baby Boomers and we have lots of activities for them. There are three music quizzes from the 1960s and 1970s for instance. We also have a '1950s Nostalgia Party' that's an ideal activity for reminiscing. Go the 'Focused Activities' on the right side of the screen to find suitable activities. Check these links.

https://www.goldencarers.com/baby-boomers-quiz-famous-eople/4418/

https://www.goldencarers.com/1950s-nostalgia-party/4827/

https://www.goldencarers.com/finish-the-song-line-quiz/6549/
Solange 25th Aug 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Lowana, the Agedcarequality self-assessment is available online.
It seems to be self-assessment for Allied Health staff in general; not only for Activity Coordinators. You must find out with your manager if this is the one you should fill in. Here is the link:
https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/providers/assessment-processes/self-assessment#selfassessment%20tool%20guidance%20and%20template

Solange 18th Aug 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Laura, You could adapt the Beer Pong by duct taping 5 empty paper cups together. Half fill them with gravel or pebble stones so they don't move. Place the cups in the middle of the table and give each resident 3 ping-pong balls to throw aiming at the cups. Whoever gets any inside the cups is rewarded with a round of applause. Another game is the Chocolate Game; place on a table a bar of chocolate, a hat, gloves, a scarf, and a knife & fork. Sit residents at the table where one by one roll a dice. The first who rolls a six put on the scarf, hat and gloves and try to cut a piece of the chocolate with the knife and fork. Residents will count to 20 (or less depending on their abilities) and if the person cannot cut the game continues until the next person rolls six. The chocolate should be one of those filled with marzipan or coconut (like Bounty) so it is easier to cut. Buy a few because you may have to replace the chocolate as it is eaten.
Solange 16th Aug 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Sarah, I am sure you will be amazing at your job Sarah. You have the right attitude. Usually, care facilities have their own forms, however, since your facility is brand new maybe you will have to start from scratch. Have a talk to your manager, she may have some experience with forms. You may also make her aware that Golden Carers offer the electronic Toolkit that could make your work much easier: http://toolkit.goldencarers.com/

You can find some forms here: https://www.goldencarers.com/forms-templates/ - Social and Cultural Profile and other forms like an Evaluation form, Policies and Procedures Handbook, Daily and Monthly Attendance forms, Newsletter template, Healthy and Lifestyle Surveys, What to include in a staff meeting, etc.

The best of luck!
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