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Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


Solange 25th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist

Planning a Movie Night for the Elderly

Hi Colby, Pixar movies have become all-time classics enjoyed by children and adults. Despite being made for children they have captured the hearts of multiple generations with their focus on parenting, relationships, kindness, loyalty, and bravery. Pixar movies are very appropriate for elderly people.
Solange 24th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist

Age Appropriate Activities in Senior Care

Dear Colby, it is so sad that this sort of situation still happens to Activity staff. You were not wrong with your choice of movie; your director failed to observe that the residents were content and that interference was not necessary. This is what Activity staff do best: elicit a positive response from residents via various activities which often involve reminiscing and revisiting the past. I am sorry this happened to you. Your hurt reveals a person that is very caring and good at your job. I hope that things improve in your workplace for you.
Solange 24th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist

Sensory Pouches for Dementia Care

Hi Jenny, the amount of gel should be about 1cm or 1/4 inches when the pouch is resting flat.
Some people put a little more, it is up to you.
Solange 15th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist


Hi Trudy, I would try a cork board; it is more attractive than a whiteboard. The Date, season, and Monthly Program/Events should be printed colorfully and laminated and then attached with velcro. You can turn it into a monthly activity: getting residents to draw and color borders into A4 and A3 paper so activity staff can add the information, laminate, and attach velcro on the back. I would say that the Menu should continue to be on the whiteboard for practical reasons. Good on you for trying to support activity staff.
Solange 13th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist

Client - Eco Map

Hi Rob, this is such an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing, I hope many Activity Coordinators devise their own adaptation of it. Brilliant!
Solange 7th Jun 2019 Diversional Therapist


Hi Christine, what a good idea; a Hollywood Party! Decoration of the place is very important; large stars in silver and gold to hang on walls or from the ceiling. I would stick to finger foods like popcorn, sweets (consult clinical staff) mini pizzas, and any other popular finger food in your country. Buy or ask someone to make a Hollywood cake with three layers and decorated with stars. For activities, you could plan interviews on your red carpet with 3 or 4 people. Questions for the interview should be all related to movies: The best movie you have seen, the worst, the funniest, your favourite male/female star. Hold an awards show with the best dressed, the best jewelry, the best hat. Good luck!
Solange 29th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

Chair Exercises

Hi Wendy, you could try some movements of Tai Chi, here are a few very simple exercises
(good for arthritis) you may consider incorporating into your routine:
1) Flat feet on the floor, hands on knees.
2) Bring both hands slowly to the chest, palms away from you (as if you were going to push something away.
3) Then, close hands into fists and release. Do it 10 times.
4) Repeat number 2 above and this time slowly push hands away from you (as if you are pushing something away from you). Do it 7 times.
5) Place hands on knees and slowly open your arms as if you are going to hug somebody. Do it 7 times.
Solange 29th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

How to Celebrate Birthdays in Long Term Care Facilities

Hi Silvia, I would suggest you celebrate birthdays with:1) Singalong (cantare Insieme). Use folk melodies and music from the ‘Festival of San Remo” from the 1950s, 19060s. 2) Make a poster with photos of the person's family, and 3) Cook the person’s favourite meal.
Solange 21st May 2019 Diversional Therapist

How to plan a Raffle for Mother's Day

Hi Jo-anne, raffle tickets can be bought at newspaper shops in bundles of 100 or 200. Alternatively, you can print them online.
Hope this is of help.
Solange 11th May 2019 Diversional Therapist