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Maryann

Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager From Victoria, Australia


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MARYANN 24th Nov 2015 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Yes we had Bobs - used a golf stick and golf balls, did also use on the table with pool stick.
We have 4 to 5 rounds each person has 4 shots at a time - remember to support stance and ensure mobility aid breaks are locked on and in reach. Total rounds - if a draw play off - great game. I actually have an Original Bob Set
MARYANN 24th Nov 2015 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Please don't forget some nice fresh flowers or a pot plant in the room also leave the latest paper available - and magazines - reading to the family member can promote reminiscing for family and friends.
MARYANN 24th Nov 2015 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Yes - Cooking is a great Activity also Gardening but you can use pots and do inside sessions also woodwork - sanding and painting - activities that are rewarding and results are seen in a short period of time. Person Centred sessions - so some history of the persons life is really needed.
MARYANN 24th Nov 2015 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Toy Kingdom or Toy World or Super Cheap
MARYANN 5th Dec 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Hi all just a question to ALL - over the years, through Training and updating Education l have been told to always, where possible - depending on the person - ( individual situations ) use day/date orientation during 1:1 Sessions - anyone got feedback? Remembering we would not use this with Advance Dementia Residents. What are peoples thought's ?
MARYANN 23rd Nov 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Has anyone else taken on board doing TT in your Program - every good.
MARYANN 19th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Again keep it simple - gardening - set up a garden area - if only pots - watering - do lots of cutting, start a worm farm, Remo = photo's of machinery or look into the Men's history - did they like Cars/Fishing/Motorbikes. Get a local Car Club/Bike group to visit. Do a Men's Outing.
MARYANN 19th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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It doesn't have to be a BIG THING Happy Hour - just keep it simple - Invite local Artists/Volunteers to play - have a Theme if you like even just background Music - get Care staff involved time for them to step out of their Care Roles and just enjoy a soft drink and chat with Residents - get to know the other side of the residents and the residents get to know them better ( not just the person that showers them).
Residents who are able can assist to prepare snacks - finger food - with this you can incorporate a cooking session for Resident in the am of that day. This gives the Residents something rewarding to look forward too, as they are assisting with the Happy Hour Catering. KEEP IT SIMPLE.
MARYANN 10th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

The Role of Leisure & Health Staff in Falls Prevention

I have introduced a Falls Prevention Ex's Program to our Facility.
It.s not for everyone but has been very positive for those taking part. We also purchased a Wii and play Bowls. Some Redients have taken it upon themselves now to also walk every morning, keeping fit and maintain independence as well.
MARYANN 10th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager

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Just remember girls it's not about US - get to know the Residents and what they want - it might be just a cuppa and a chat - walk in the garden the simple things are the most rewarding for THEM.
It's not always what we want to do - Person Centred Care - about the Person.
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