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Darla

Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator) From British Columbia, Canada


About Darla: Recreation Therapist
Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

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Darla 4th Mar 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

Armchair Travel to the Philippines

Wonderful Arm Chair Travel. A great opportunity for our residents to connect with our staff and caregivers. from Philippines country and heritage. Will also provide opportunity to promote understanding and build relationships and tolerance from our Residents, Thank you for creating.
Darla 22nd Feb 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

COPYRIGHT - Artist Impression - Maud Lewis - Yellow Birds And Apple Blossoms

Maud Lewis also made the Canadian Reader's Digest this month- a nice tie-in with our Art and discussions.
Darla 17th Feb 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

DIY Armchair Travel to China

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Arm Chair Travel to China
Darla 16th Feb 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

COPYRIGHT - Artist Impression - Maud Lewis - Yellow Birds And Apple Blossoms

Thank you for posting a Canadian Artist for us to enjoy.
Darla 27th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

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Susan,

In the microsoft store, there are a variety of paint and color options. I chose one that suited my needs, and meditative music choice.
Darla 24th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

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Jean, how distressing for your village community to lose so many residents, my heart goes out to you and your families.
My PC offers a free app in which you can color paint with meditative music in the background. You can save this app to your laptop or tablet desktop for a small group of residents on large screen, or 1-1 programming for residents.
Even without wifi access, you can access if you have your won laptop or tablet at work.


Darla 24th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

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Creative Forecasting Books from Colorado.
Monthly recreation program planning ideas to have on hand or to plan ahead.
Saved me the first year in a new LTC facility.
Darla 24th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

How to Discipline Your Activity Staff

Herein lies the struggle, each employee gives what they can. Some give 45%, some give 80%, some give 110%. As a manager, recognizing what an employee is capable of giving on any given day. A casual employee may give 110% on a one day fill in, but give the residents 65% when given 2-3 weeks worth of steady work (or a position). I find it is not for lack of trying to come up with creative ideas, but too much full time causes energy to diminish - a complacency.
In addition, illnesses, medical leaves, and "sick time" awarded without coverage can cause those taking on extra duties or double duties stress and discouragement.
Perhaps this thread will not be posted, Please keep the views in mind for future articles.
Darla 24th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

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Susan,
Thank you for the information: dignitycare.org/UK
Darla 24th Jan 2021 Recreation Therapy Manager (former Activity Coordinator)

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Dignity Day:
Taking the opportunity to share with care staff and nurses the importance of adaptive wear. Proper fitting and adjusting adaptive pants; catheter covers(handmade cloth materials to cover catheter bag) used and placed properly.
Speaking clearly and in common areas in the resident's most used language . In some cases, google translator app provides free service in all world languages for short simple words and speaking ability for proper pronunciation. For first nations/first people's languages not entered, reach out to your local community on website and ask for simple guide and support.
Always being mindful to introduce yourself to residents who are unable to see. Explain yourself and the care or intervention you are providing so they know what you are going to do. For residents unable to hear, a small dry erase white board with introduction and instruction is useful.
And of course, the most obvious, talk with all your residents in an adult tone and manner, and ask them for opinion, Engage in discussions, not just facilitating yourself reading or talking. Talk directly to the residents - and not around them- with other staff in the common areas.
And always remember "you work in the residents' homes; as opposed to they live in your place of work."
Martin, Thank you for bringing this important day to our attention, so we can share with other staff.
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