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Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


Solange 24th Nov 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Amy, I am sorry you can't decorate. I assume what is not allowed is the fact that residents are not to make the decorations. You could try decorating with plants and artificial flowers with the help of a volunteer. Keep safe.
Solange 12th Nov 2020 Diversional Therapist

Sensory Boxes & Other Ideas to Stimulate the Senses

Hi Stacey, caring for someone with late-stage dementia is very hard and I feel for you. Your husband could do with some help. Have you inquired if local authorities can assist you? Meanwhile, you can try giving her an album of family photos to peruse, laundry to fold, an old woolen pullover to unravel, vegetables to peel, dishes to wash. Keep safe.
Solange 12th Nov 2020 Diversional Therapist

Sensory Pouches for Dementia Care

Hi Aubree, the pouches can be bought online. However, they were limited they were rather small only (9 inches- 17 cm) and came in packets of 5. Since I bought many years ago, perhaps now they have larger sizes. All the best, keep safe.
Solange 31st Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Julie, you certainly have lots of good ideas. You may add "Best Scary Books" they read as children. Then go to the movies, which movies they were really scared of?
Solange 19th Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Melanie, you do need a bowl. (glass, stainless, or stoneware). Place the bowl upside down and cover with a layer of plastic wrap. Smear Mod Podge or any wood glue all over the plastic wrap and start layering the leaves as you like. Once the bowl is completely covered place another layer of plastic wrap over the leaves to hold them in place. Put it to dry for 4 or 5 hours. Remove the outer plastic wrap gently and let dry overnight. The next day ease your beautiful bowl of leaves out of the reminder plastic wrap layer. Good Luck!
Solange 16th Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi, Melissa, In this case, I would recommend tapping into her memory before she was an executive. Several studies indicate that a person’s late teens and 20s experiences are very strong. Find out what was on the hit parade or popular dances and poems when she was growing up. If she ever belonged to a faith you may tap into popular religious hymns. I also believe that you can tap into children’s music and nursery rhymes to remind her of herself as a young parent.
Solange 3rd Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist

The Human Body Riddles

Hi Sarah, you are quite right. Keeping the brain alert while entertaining.
Solange 1st Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Sarah, you could ask volunteers to bake cakes in-house for sale. Then ask permission in local school sports events to sell them, for instance. You could also invite staff, residents’ relatives, and friends for a Pancake Breakfast or a Hamburger Lunch for a set price. You could ask your Chef to save the seeds of a pumpkin or butternut squash; then wash, dry, and count them and put them in an attractive jar on display., For small donation residents, staff and visitors can try to guess how many seeds are there; the winner is rewarded with a token prize (according to the yield of the jar - if $20 a small box of chocolate is adequate). Another idea with food is to invite people for a soup night. Choose a popular soup like Chicken, or Minestrone Soups, served with crusty garlic bread.
Solange 30th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Jennifer, non-verbal activities are the way to go. Activities like "Name the vegetable, Car, Carpentry Tools. Instead of voicing it they can cross or underline the right one. Alternatively, you could laminate the answers for them to pick the right one.
You can also use ‘Yes or No Answers’ (semantic features), for instance, laminate some large pictures taken from magazines and calendars. Show the pictures and ask nonsensical questions e.g. Show a packet of crispies and ask: Is it a banana? Is it red? Can you wear it? Do you keep it in the refrigerator? Is it made of plastic? Do children like it? Does the name start with a “C”? And so on, the questions can be really silly, to amuse and keep the brain alert. If they suffer from Aphasia they can answer with laminate yes and no cards.
You could also try ‘Role Playing’; scrip everyday situations for them to play: Make cards with short sentences like riding a bike, exercising, driving a car, cooking, lighting a camping fire, singing, playing the piano, etc. Each person takes a card and role plays that card.

Solange 29th Sep 2020 Diversional Therapist


Hi Adele,
Best positive aspects of growing old; grandchildren, wisdom, mellow, more time for friends, time for hobbies, Volunteering, seniors discount.

Negative aspects of growing old: aches and pains, feeling unattractive, no longer driving at night, away from family, boredom, missing the fast pace life they lived, losing friends,