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Activities Coordinator From New South Wales, Australia

About Sally: I am one of a team that includes 2 activity coordinators and one welfare officer in a Government Day Centre in the Upper Hunter Valley. We are open 4 hours a day Monday to Friday.

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Sally 26th Jun 2020 Activities Coordinator


I work in a government Day Centre in the Hunter Valley of NSW. During COVID19 we have no clients in our centre but have been allowed to visit them in their homes for a restricted period of time. During NAIDOC we have a "Door decorating competition " throughout the Health Department of the Hunter New England district. We only have one client that identifies as "Aboriginal" and she doesn't wish to pursue that identity. I would be appreciative of your thoughts as to discussing Aboriginal culture and peoples with my clients. Some of them have definate negative attitudes to Aboriginal people and would refuse to be part of the crafts offered.
I have found this before when Japanese or German culture days are offered.
Do we just respect their attitudes and move on?
Do we encourage them to learn a bit?
What about people with a dementia diagnosis?
Sally 23rd Aug 2019 Activities Coordinator

Colour Sorting

I know longer work in an Aged Care Facility but I used to spend some time doing Art in the Dementia wing. I had one lady who used to love to sort. Each Wednesday afternoon I used to arrive with a draw full of multi-coloured toothpicks. I'd say "look at this!! someone has got into my draw!. These are no use to me. I need to have them organised into colour groups." She'd say to me. "Don't worry love, I'll fix this " 1/2 hr later she would present me with six containers each of a different colour. Priceless.
Sally 26th Feb 2019 Activities Coordinator


Does anyone do Quilling as an activity? At the centre I work we have a couple of clients that are very accomplished but I would also love to teach some of my clients that are beginners or have some level of Dementia. I've seen it done without tools in a very loose fashion. Anyone had any experience of this?
Sally 19th Feb 2019 Activities Coordinator

What goes in here?

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: What goes in Here?
Sally 21st Sep 2018 Activities Coordinator

The Magic Table: An Interactive Game

Looking forward to this being available in Australia
Sally 21st Aug 2018 Activities Coordinator

4 Ways to Plan Age Appropriate Activities for Seniors

I agree with the exercise use. We use "Row, row..." "The Grand old Duke ....." and "Incy, wincy, spider..." when we do exercise class. If I don't start singing, someone reminds me.
Sally 20th Aug 2018 Activities Coordinator

Left-Zone Area Activity

It was a great morning! The librarian was bright and cheery and brought lots of supplies? My clients with the dementia still handled most of the activities? Get in touch with your local library, they are a great resource!
Sally 12th Aug 2018 Activities Coordinator

Left-Zone Area Activity

We are trying this for the first time tomorrow at my new job. It was popular at my old job but my new place as a lady without a left arm so we have adjusted the day to a Braintraining day and having a visit from the local librarian. We are still having a small Left Handed Zone for those clients who may not cope well with the braintraining exercises. Will keep you in the loop
Sally 16th Jul 2018 Activities Coordinator

Scent Guessing

We had a sensory day today. The clients weren't sure to start with (high functioning) but changed there minds. As well as the range of smells to guess we had hand massages and salt dough rolling and cutting (touch)
Sally 20th Apr 2018 Activities Coordinator

Salt Dough Beads

I don't have an oven in my Day Centre. Could the clients make the beats and I cover them on a try with gladwrap and take them home to cook?