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Solange 20th Feb 2017

Posted in Doll Therapy and Dementia

Hi Christine, a phycologist would be better able to advise you. My instinct tells me that if your mother thinks the baby is dead she may be grieving and suffering again for the baby. If that is the case, I would suggest to stop baby therapy and try again at a later stage (a few weeks).
Solange 20th Feb 2017

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Great idea Stephanie, some more ideas:

Beach Picnic checklist: sun screen, bug repellent, cutting board and safety knife, fruit, sun umbrella beach towels, rug for sitting, bucket, spade, a book of Agatha Christie, chips.

Park picnic checklist: rug to sit, sun screen, sun hat, portable radio, camera, mobile phone, Frisbee, ball, hand sanitizer, bottle opener, flashlight

Seamstress fiddle box: safety scissors, markers (non-permanent), chalk, pencils, turning tool, bobbins, sewing guide book, zippers, pin cushion (no pins though), measuring tape, all purpose thread, small ruler, clips.

Accountant fiddle box: an abacus, calculator, pencils, ledger book (purchase and sales), keyboard, telephone, liquid eraser.

Solange 17th Feb 2017

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Hi Ellen, each facility has its own infection control policies. In my experience, hand nail clipping was usually done by nurses and toe clipping only by Podiatrists. However, we had a very popular Beautician Day every second month and the ladies used to put their names down for nail care and facials. Most of the ladies used to bring their own nail polish but we had some for emergencies. We also provided dozens of small towels we call 'face-washers', also known as bath cloths or wash cloths. Here is the way we ran it:

1. Prepare the room with an aroma therapy diffuser (Lavender and geranium oils) and soft music.
2. Remove old nail polish, file and buff nails. (Use non-acetone nail polish remover and cotton balls)
3. Escort the client to a tap and ask/assist with washing hands with soap.
4. Dry hands, and seat client comfortably; place hands one at time on top of face washer and apply a very small amount of hand cream (our own). Remove hand cream from container with a lollipop stick.
5. Massage hands one at time for one or two minutes.
6. Wipe cream off nails with cotton ball and nail polish remover (our own).
7. Apply base coat and nail polish of choice (no top coat or cuticle pushers).

We did not wear rubber gloves but we washed our hands thoroughly after each client.

It was a very popular activity. Take a look at facials for special occasions here:
Solange 14th Feb 2017

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Hi Opal, that sort of problem is present in most long term care homes. It is discouraging and tiring for staff to have one client taking so much of their time. I feel for you, however, if it is in her nature to be so, there is little you can do. Most likely she is bored and needs some very challenging tasks to get totally involved with. I would push for even more connection with existing friends (outside facility). A network of friends to chat and go out with is invaluable. The resident’s family may be able to help by enabling hobbies and leisure pursuits, accompanying on outings, and facilitating games. Inside the facility, she may enjoy organising (with help) a food tasting session for a small group (fruit or cheese), or be the leader in some table game of choice, also seek her assistance in writing/making Mother’s Day cards for ailing residents, making cookies in the recreation area and sending to the kitchen to be baked. Also remember to praise her every time she behaves well or is kind to someone; praise can do wonders. I hope this helps. Best wishes
Solange 13th Feb 2017

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Hi Donna, thanks for sharing. I found the article most interesting; although I wish it was a little longer. I will search for more information on best practices and examples. Any approach that can support clients with dementia is worth pursuing. Many thanks and best wishes.
Solange 11th Feb 2017

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Hi Susan, here are a couple of ice-breakers for your party. Hope they help and good luck!

- Ask guests to say Hi to each other and introduce themselves.

- Have the family to organize a short This is Your Life with slides of photos and significant moments in the life of the birthday person, like special memories or fun stories from the past.

- You may find some trivia from the year the person was born and read it out to guests. Find happy and fun events of that particular year.

- Play the game Do You Have...? This is a group game where items are gathered from various people encouraging interaction. The game consists of roughly dividing the guests into two groups and giving each group a list of things to produce from their pockets or handbags etc. Each group should have a leader who will shout out every time they find an item. The group with the most items wins the applause of everyone.

Items for the game Do You Have...? Use this list or make your own list.
Credit card
5 dollars in 50 cent coins
Mobile phone
Nail file
Pocket knife
Rubber band
Finger nail clippers
Bobby pin
50 dollar bill
Walking stick
Breath mints
Bank deposit receipt
Key holder wit 6 keys
Hand lotion
Solange 10th Feb 2017

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Hi Sandy, food-borne illnesses in long-term care facilities are not uncommon (gastroenteritis). Although it is impossible to eradicate all risks; it is possible to focus on the basis of hygiene practices. Staff must be a vigilant at all times by adhering to good personal and food hygiene. You may follow your facility's Food Authority Guidelines but here is a small list for your Risk Assessment.
- Consult clinical staff for a list of clients with allergies
- Good hygienic practices to avoid bacterial growth (hands and utensils clean and sanitised)
- Consider immunocompromised clients (diabetes, pureed foods)
- Be attentive to shelf life of frozen foods
- Watch out for contamination of horticultural products (fruits and vegetables well washed and/or peeled; seed sprouts, unpasteurized juices and dairy products are considered to have high risk of contamination)

- Wet floors (wiping spills immediately)
- Fire risk and heat risk
- Hot water danger (tap water and dishwater)
- Use caution when serving food from microwaves ovens
- Knives and scissors kept away
Solange 5th Feb 2017

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Hi Romary, thank you for your input. Here is a small list of subjects for discussion/guest-speakers to think about. Best wishes.
1. Motivational speakers (the benefits of having a hobby or pursuing leisure activities)
2. Training and development (Internet Games, IPad, IPhone, E-mail)
3. Life Balance speakers (Exercises, Tai Chi, Yoga, Lumosity – brain games)
4. Health issues (Depression, Health supplements, Arthritis.)
Solange 2nd Feb 2017

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Hi Kelly, with good cognitive competence your blind client might enjoy Talking Books and Plays which you may get from your local library. They may also enjoy a hand or shoulder massage, hearing a nice poem, tasting different food, and if within a group: Therapy balls (good for arthritic fingers), trying and guessing scents, making potpourris, and others. Here are a few links that may help you.