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Olwyn

Diversional Therapist From Victoria, Australia


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Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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I use Mike jackson's " Uke and play" series. I play the ukelele in a passable fashion. The songs and words are a great resource, especially his campfire book. His books also come with a cd. They are available in most music stores but here is the best link. (see below)

https://mikejackson.com.au/mike-jacksons-uke-n-play-ukulele/
Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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In the morning we had medical items, old bed pans, etc in a display, and read a snippet of historical stories about nurses in the war years and had a morning tea for staff. In the afternoon I organised massage therapists to come in for a couple of hours in the afternoon and give free massages to nursing staff. The residents set the relaxing area up, with aromatherapy, fresh flowers, pretty table cloth, etc, I also did hand massages for staff and residents. We also made huge thank you signs and put them up everywhere.
Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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I have been taking my Jack russellxShitsu called "Jackie chan" into the dementia unit/home where i work for 3 years now. He started visiting from 4 months of age. The night before is bathing, brushing, nail trim, face trim, etc. They love him visiting. I give him a good run before we enter the facility. He spends lunchtime out in the courtyard. He visits rooms and snoozes on the bed with those that have a meaningful role of "pet sitting for 30 minutes", or brushing the dog's coat. We stay a full day. The dog dresses up for the visits, in tie, or vest. He also has now learnt tricks do a little show. Sit, drop, commando crawl, play dead, roll over, dance, jump through a hoop, shake hands, and look for my phone!. Bonus he cleans up all the crumbs under the dining table. Of course, he is completely ruined for the outside world, believing his rightful place is up on beds, and on couches or lounge chairs, much to my friend's horror!
Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Donna,
In winter, I just use a drawing on the white board of a set of long stairs, and a big puddle at the bottom. I made a figure, with an umbrella, hat, gloves, boots with magnets to stick on the white board. Whenever an answer is wrong, he loses a warm clothing item, or he has to step down a step. The residents choose what happens. In summer, the figure has bathers, towel, sunglasses and sun screen, beach umbella and a sun hat- the puddle is full of sharks.
Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hello Carol,
I am sorry to hear your husband is frustrated. Good on you for reaching out. I have a couple of men in my dementia unit, one was a scientist, the other a busy business owner. At present they are engaged in meaningful roles to some extent. One helps with the "office work, mailings, photocopying, and updating the notice boards", and the other researches online for our orders of pens, craft materials, paint for the birdhouse which needs repainting, and I have managed to coerce maintenance to call on him and take him along on some of their jobs, passing them a spanner, or a screwdriver, when lights are cleaned, bulbs are changed, etc. He also at present is sanding and painting some tic tac toe oversized games pieces at the moment. Once a month we have a repair day also, of broken things bought in by staff and families. We discuss how it might be fixed, where we can access the parts, source the parts, make a plan, and then begin. Sometimes we watch youtube in our men's group pie and beer morning, watch builders, or forklift scurrying in the store room, truck loading etc. Sometimes things here even get fixed! Hope something in this list is helpful.All the best, O.
Olwyn 18th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Michelle,
Yes, this can be a problem- connecting in a person-centred way with residents that did not have a history of doing any hobbies and state they had no past interests. (Our facility is in a small rural dairy area, where large families were the norm, and women having hobbies or interests outside the family, UNHEARD OF) However, I found that by digging a little deeper, and the following things bought a smile and interaction. Initially, I had to dig around in their profile to find historical events from the towns, or regions they grew up in. Sometimes I hit gold by doing this. But the following usually elicits warm fuzzies...
Anything about dogs, cooking, ladies natter and chatter groups discussing fashions of the day (the local theatrical group loaned us some costumes for a display), the best movie stars of the day, one lady grew up on the family apple orchard, so I arranged for an apple tasting (as many varieties as I could find),Another time we had an ic cream flavours tasting afternoon. Sometimes I do the homes ironing while we chat, and quizzes are always fun. Our faves are "words starting with".
Hope some of these ideas help,
Olwyn 17th May 2019 Diversional Therapist

The Health Benefits of Silence in Senior Care

Lovely ideas here. Thank you Haley. Overstimulation can definitely be a problem. Some days in the afternoon, right after the lunchtime meal, I put a youtube movie on of fish in a fish tank, with no sound. Even the medical and allied staff enjoy this hour of peacefulness. There are many similar videos such as waterfalls, or waves crashing on a beach on Youtube. I have also found some DVD's in the Op shop thrift stores.
Olwyn 17th Apr 2019 Diversional Therapist

Market Day

A Market in our residential unit once every few months sells cards, scarves, brooches, necklaces, wallets, personalized teddy bears, notepads (covered in a material), small potted plants, coloring books, inserts for the walkers, and name tags. The residents really enjoy picking out what they want. Sometimes we then wrap them for family and friends as an extension to the activity. We have sandwhiches and cake, and a market day crossword as we sit around the table.
Olwyn 16th Apr 2019 Diversional Therapist

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I read small snippets of local history stories to the residents in high care. The local, colloquial language inspires reminiscence and further stories. To others that are bed ridden, I have read Children's bed time stories, and adventure stories from their childhood. Of course this depends on their individual likes and preferences. They choose the book they want to hear from a trolley that has items of interest that suit them eg. ex florist has gardening books.
Olwyn 16th Apr 2019 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Lesley, The alphabet for activities what a great idea! Thank you for sharing. What do you do for C and D? or some of the other letters ? Curious. Have a great day. O.
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