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David

Diversional Therapist From New South Wales, Australia


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David 6th Dec 2012 Diversional Therapist

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Amy,
just to name a few classic movies (the obvious ones) - Casablanca, Oklohoma, Sound of Music, The King & I, Fiddler on the Roof, Gone with the Wind, Singing in the Rain etc.

I find the men like classics like The Dirty Dozen, the Clint Eastwood westerns, WW2 movies e.g. D-Day, The Longest Day, James Bond & Stanley Kubrick movies for the slightly younger males.

See if an ABC shop can donate some old ballet videos e.g. Nutcracker, Swan Lake.
Contempary movies surpisingly do well if they're appropriate, and some kids/Disney movies actually do well if they're not too 'kiddy-like' - e.g. Warhorse, Finding Nemo, Racing Stripes, Red Dog, Sectretariat.

Of course Andre Reiu DVDs work very well for a musically themed showing.

As for music - just to name a few - Elvis Presley, the Beattles, Johnny Cash, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin.

Hope that helps...
David 9th Aug 2012 Diversional Therapist

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Hi Jasmeet,
try (sensory) activities that suit the other senses i.e. taste, hearing, touch, smell.
For example: food tasting; flower baskets/flower smelling; sensory music CDs; touch kits/bags with different texture balls, objects - try & get your clients to guess what the item is just by touching; hand massages & aromatherapy - just to name a few.

Dave
David 25th Jul 2012 Diversional Therapist

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Sandra,

with regards to outings & numbers of staff, whilst there is no standard minimum number (& it depends on each facilities policy), I would recommend - no matter the amount of clients you have - that you have @ least 2 staff members with current First Aid skills.
In any event of an emergency then @ least one staff member can apply First Aid while the other staff member can call for help/000.
In the case of the Nursing Home I work at we have 2 on the bus outings, maximum 11 residents (we don\'t get off however).
On community walkabouts/outings it\'s usually one staff member to one client (we\'re high care also).

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

David
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