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Solange

Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


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Solange 13th Oct 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Katie, you are doing a wonderful job. How wise of you to have a survey. Here is one tip to further volunteers’ duties/responsibilities; make them acquainted with residents’ profiles to find out what hobbies/interests, and travel/job experiences they had. Explain to the volunteer as to the ‘why’ this role is so important to residents (e.g. to affirm a life well-lived, to lend an ear, to lift the ‘blues’, and how they can use their experience and time to make a difference.) Volunteers can then prepare interesting 1:1 visits to talk about subjects of each individual’s passion/concerns. Your part in helping the volunteer to visualize the relevance of the activity can create enthusiastic compliance and further their feelings of being part of the team. Good luck and congratulations!
Solange 11th Oct 2019 Diversional Therapist

Cooking Magic Scones

Hi Angelica, double cream is a very rich cream with 48% fat, making it the most versatile. I have heard that you can mix Greek yogurt and milk - half and half - as a good alternative.
Solange 4th Oct 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Susan, you're doing a good job. To add to it you could try radio plays - drama or comedy; they are very entertaining. A volunteer could visit weekly to talk and read trivia/short stories. High function residents could also visit for a chat and a cuppa. She also may enjoy feeling cooperative; ask her to unravel a sweater to recycle the wool. Another idea is finding out her favourite foods/treats and offering it to her occasionally.
Solange 26th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Robin, there are some very enjoyable and simple activities that a volunteer or a residents' relative can easily lead when staff is on leave. For instance 'Thanksgiving Game' or 'Thanksgiving Bingo'. They are also two 'Thanksgiving Dinner' games that I believe are suitable. Here are the links.https://www.goldencarers.com/thanksgiving-game/5296/

https://www.goldencarers.com/thanksgiving-bingo/5637/

https://www.goldencarers.com/thanksgiving-dinner-game/6027/

https://www.goldencarers.com/thanksgiving-dinner-game/6027/
Solange 26th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

Modified Beer Pong

Hi Sara, excellent adaptation, congratulations and thank you for sharing.
Solange 24th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Susan, you're doing a good job. To add t it could try radio plays - drama or comedy; they are very entertaining. A volunteer could visit weekly to talk and read trivia/short stories. High function residents could also visit for a chat and a cuppa. She also may enjoy feeling cooperative; ask her to unravel a sweater to recycle the wool. Another idea is finding out her favourite foods/treats and offering it to her occasionally.
Solange 17th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

13 Ways to Incorporate Math Into Your Activity Calendar

Thank you, Gwen and Rosemary, for sharing.
Solange 17th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

The Importance of Documentation for Activity Directors

Hi Nina and Leticia, what subject/theme are you considering for the Q & A?
Solange 16th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Sally, you are quite right Dementia Action Week in Australia goes from Sept 16 - 22. It includes World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21. The theme for 2019 is ‘Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do You? The best way to celebrate it is to host a morning tea or a BBQ lunch and invite residents and their relatives. The focus of the event should be the current year theme question. People can take turns (residents and relatives) to share their discrimination experiences and how it affected them. If you can get a guest speaker on the subject all the better. Add some fun in the event by leading a reminiscing session (School Days or My Favourite Teacher) or a singalong.
Solange 15th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist

Balloon Games

Hi Diane, what a great tip. Thank you for sharing.
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