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Solange

Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


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Solange 20th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

How to Provide Spiritual Care for the Elderly

Thank you Patricia for the feedback. It is really apppreciated.
Solange 20th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

10 Activities for Seniors Week

Hi, You could try, Mental Olympics session with riddles, crosswords, word searches, and general knowledge quizzes. Also Card Jokes - copy jokes from Golden Carers and print and laminate into cards; put into a container in the middle of the table and ask each lady to take one and read the joke. Also, making fruit kebabs, picking horses for the Melbourne Cup, Feet-tapping Line Dance, Finish the Songs.
Solange 20th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Tonia, yes it is a challenging subject because the older generation is not as open-minded. I hear that many LGBT people goes back to the closet when they need care, very sad... However, there are folks trying to change things such as 'Free to be Me'. Show your residents/staff these five minutes play on the subject:https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/feb/27/older-lgbt-people-inclusive-care
There may be also Government diversity training for residential care staff to counteract discrimination on the basis of LGBT identities. Good on you for advocating on their behalf.
Solange 20th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

10 ways to increase activity participation

Hi Bev, thank you for the excellent tip. Incredible that a simple change in the venue could make such a difference. Thanks for sharing.
Solange 19th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

Hand Massage & Nail Care

Hi Sara, well done - this is a caring and conforting activity. Thanks for sharing.
Solange 15th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

Forum

Hello,

You're doing well but you can diversify a little introducing some art & craft; Paper Airplane Reminiscing, Stick Figure Drawing, Painting: Templates from famous artists.

You could also play a game of carpet bowls; all you need is a bowling set, a piece of carpet and an area to suit. This game was is successful in our facility with males and females.
Solange 15th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

Bean Auction

Great tips Penny, Thanks for sharing.
Solange 15th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

Forum

Hi Nieke, in this case, I would call clinical staff to assess the situation and sort it out.
Solange 13th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

Forum

Thank you for sharing Kim. It is much appreciated.
Solange 8th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Emma, these examples may help you.

Activity One: End of Life support
Supportive palliative care from clinical staff
Supportive care from Lifestyle staff: Daily readings of Poetry/Religious passages of choice, fresh flowers regularly, hand massage, and the music of choice.

Activity two: Massage - Aromatherapist and Lifestyle staff
Invite an Aromatherapist to inform residents on the benefits of essential oils in massage.
Massage residents to improve blood circulation, relieve pain and increase range of motion



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