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Lifestyle co-ordinator From Victoria, Australia

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Jennifer 2nd Feb 2016 Lifestyle co-ordinator

15 Activities for Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

a good reminder for people with simple basic caring time with people
Jennifer 14th Jul 2015 Lifestyle co-ordinator

Sundowning: Symptoms, triggers & strategies

Unfortunately I find sundowners usually require one to one interaction. For those who call out nothing really seems to stop this, because as soon as you leave they start calling out again. They like the physical presence of someone being there . Wanders enjoy having someone to walk with them but once seated again, they jump up and off they go again.Often looking for children, need to go home, get the dinner etc. wanting the usual routine. Its great if you have a good home design with kitchenettes set up, fiddle corners, games set up with instruction on box for \staff to initiate, washing basket in a wheelie trolley, clothes horse to hang out the washing. I found when setting areas up like this we had the best result. I alwasy find it best when you have open door to the outside so they can safely wander and try themselves out with regular walking. I also found sitting in a giant circle with exercise ball to kick from one to another was a great calming activity before tea time, despite the fact it;s roundy and fun.
Jennifer 23rd May 2015 Lifestyle co-ordinator


Thanks, have done all that, not interested in pictures, men are too active, find it childish, they play golf, basket ball, exercise ball, table tennis, use plumbing parts, large screws, bolts etc to wind and fiddle with. Unfortunately being for profit we struggle for volunteers and we are in quite a small town.I also think most wouldn't want to be at risk with such unpredictable residents. I think it seems more like a psyc. geriactic unit but without the resources.We have built up a good reputation for the unit but its challenging and trying often and hilarious all in one. thanks everyone,
Jennifer 28th Apr 2015 Lifestyle co-ordinator


thanks for that, we had done work stations but they left holes in the walls and the boards were not washable so they ended up removing them and re-plastering the walls. I know my boss won;t go down that path, they have super
I did think I could do something similar but using desks on lockable wheels. I have purchase one and its working so will get another. Great for D/T's only $79 from Office works.
Jennifer 21st Apr 2015 Lifestyle co-ordinator


Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has some ideas for physically fit men with challenging behaviours, alcohol dementia, early onset dementia, always trying to escape, post traumatic stress from Vietnam war etc. I currently do cooking, BBQS, woodwork with power tools as well, painting, we have mini golf, outdoor scoring basket ball, have a big backyard, raised garden beds, clothes line, walking track, spare scooter to ride, not interested in anything childish, We take them on walks as able down the road, even go to garage sales as able, down the car wash, I bake bread with them, but they still get so restless especially with sundowner's around 4 onwards. This is when they often bail me up demanding alcohoI, have one staff member on till 7pm for activities. We have tea at 5 pm Currently I am at a loss to stop the physical and verbal fights. Any more ideas would be gratefully received. The unit is for 32 residents. Secure. I only have 6 ladies, 4 are frail and 2 are not .Rest are mobile and in your face kind of clients. Ideas welcome
Jennifer 28th Mar 2015 Lifestyle co-ordinator

Activities for the Baby Boomer Generation

the clients I am looking after have early on set dementia and many with alcoholic related dementia, post traumatic stress disorder, vets from Vietnam, physically very fit, really have to think outside the box as nearly all men. I have them using power tools, going to industrial estates, working on restoring furniture, sanding, painting, doing wall art using building pallets, nails and wool, working on motorized scooter to ride out the track in the backyard, baking bread, going out to local mall for chinese..... we need to allow people to take risk, they don't want to sit and knit anymore.
Jennifer 30th Apr 2014 Lifestyle co-ordinator

Memorial Day Poppy (Fabric)

great idea I never thought of using this
Jennifer 8th Jan 2014 Lifestyle co-ordinator

8 Tips for Successful One-on-One Visits

There are no time frames under ACFI as there was under Question19 when the funding system was RCS. Obviously you cannot do a good job my saying hi and walking out the door without spending time addressing the identified issue with the client.
Jennifer 5th Jan 2014 Lifestyle co-ordinator

10 Ways to Improve Activity Participation

Haven't done a family BBQ, sounds good I will have to ask if we can try one at our facitlity thanks Jennie