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Solange

Diversional Therapist From Queensland, Australia


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Solange 30th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

Artist-Impressions - Toulouse-Lautrec - Bruand

Thank you, Julianne, your feedback is really appreciated.
Solange 25th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Jan, here are a few more ideas.a box full of fabric, all sizes and colours to separate.
https://www.goldencarers.com/colour-sorting/3274/
a box full of different fabric texture for sensory feeling
https://www.goldencarers.com/15-activities-for-late-stage-alzheimers-disease/4640/
Sorting by shape, and size (lids, large buttons) https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=sorting%20by%20shape&stp=1
Solange 22nd Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Liz, Congratulations, so new at your job and so resourceful! Well done. Thank you for sharing.
Solange 22nd Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, HIlma, thanks for your concern regarding the recreation staff. Many Nursing Homes have the Activity Coordinator to be present in the daily nursing hand-over for that reason; to be aware of who is unwell or have been diagnosed with depression. She/He then passes the information to other shifts. Otherwise, Activity staff learns (Diploma, Cert. IV or equivalent) to recognize signs of depression in residents while interacting with them, either in groups or one on one. If symptoms are severe they let clinical staff know. They also keep records on each resident regarding lifestyle pursuits (Care Plans) including activity attendance. So if a resident stops attending activities, it is the job of Activity staff to find out why and record it in the Care Plan.
Nursing staff can play a vital role in making Activity staff feel part of the team by giving them moral support; by showing them that they approve and appreciate their work. Thank you.
Solange 19th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

50 Activities for the Elderly in Lockdown and Isolation

Hi Pamela, what great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
Solange 19th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

How to make Twiddlemuffs

Hi, Ellen, the piece is 23 inches long, then you fold it and stitch the longish sides together. Next stitch the cuffs on each side.
Solange 18th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Lyn, there are many activities that will keep elders content and well as fulfilled at home:

1. Cutting pictures from old magazines and calendars for themed posters like Easter, Father’s Day, etc.

2. Making Pom-Poms (and flags) in the colour of countries you wish to celebrate.

3. Cooking and decorating cakes

4. Starting a succulent garden

5. Modeling clay: making small vases and jewelry boxes as gifts

6. Watching Golden Carers ‘Armchair Travels’ with a family member

7. Colouring artists paintings emulation from Golden Carers

8. Make a booklet of 10-12 pages from Golden Carers' activities to do them together with a friend or family member. Post them or have them picked up: Crossword, Word Search, Spot the Differences, Finish the Proverbs, Quizzes, Anagrams, Hidden Objects, Who Am I? , Work Ladders, Riddles, etc.

9. Listening to music and dancing or sitting exercises

10. Cutting squares of old clothes to make a patchwork rug.

Here are a few more to anyone interested and specific for men: sanding a chair, learning to make sailors knots on YouTube, watching Football on TV, listening to Beer Songs on Spotify, Making paper airplanes, doing Maths: creative thinking exercises from Golden Carers.

Solange 18th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hy Che'lyn, it depends if and on what stage of dementia they are. Here are a few specific for men: sanding a chair, learning to make sailors knots on YouTube, watching Football on TV, listening to Beer Songs on Spotify, Making paper airplanes, Maths: creative thinking exercises from Golden Carers, sorting by colour or shape, fiddle boxes.
Solange 17th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Laura, visitation restrictions are one of the measures taken by many care facilities. Some are canceling group activities and communal dining, and observing residents and staff for fever and respiratory complaints. Others are screening (taking temperature) staff that works in various facilities before starting their shifts. Also, no greetings involving hand-shaking and kisses or embraces. Of course, there are exceptions for end-of-life visitors, doctor appointments, and other specific needs.
Solange 16th Mar 2020 Diversional Therapist

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Hi, Dawn, you are quite right, many residents won’t be happy with the situation. Activities for them should be in line with ‘being helpful and needed’. Many residents are driven by a sense of solidarity and social feelings you can explore. Whatever you ask them to do, cooperate, or contribute can satisfy their feelings of belonging. You may have to explain to them that the situation is temporary. Here is some ‘food for thought’ activities that individuals may enjoy in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Time to support Spiritual Practice
Unraveling a wool sweater for recycling
Empowering arts ( modeling clay, drawings, colouring)
Fiddle Boxes
Untying knots (a dozen sailor's knots for them to untie)
Fabric Box (pieces of fabric to be folded and separated by colour)
Pairing and sorting activities: https://www.goldencarers.com/pairing-sorting/3777/
Making Pom-Poms for decorations
Colouring Easter eggs (boiled eggs, and colouring pencils)
Cutting pictures from old calendars for a poster
Cupcakes decorations for Morning tea
You may visit each resident to see how they are going and assist if needed.
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