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Recreation and Rehab Manager From British Columbia, Canada

About Darla: Recreation Therapist
Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

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Darla 23rd Aug 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Picture Quiz - PowerPoint

These are wonderful! and a modern idea.
Years ago, I made a Famous Faces BIO booklet. In a page protector, color Photo on front, short bio on back. The more info I read, the more likely Residents are able to ID the person.
I like that it is on the big screen. My laptop will hook into the big screen TV with an HDMI cable, and the residents can see the power point presentation better.

If you don't mind, I would still have a few short words for each power point picture to assist Residents in guessing the location or the person.

What a wonderful cognitive and reminiscing exercise in one!
Darla 23rd Aug 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager

Newsletter Template - October 2021

Fantastic Sample Newsletter.
Recreation Therapist from another community reached out to ask if we had a sample for her to create.
I will forward this one onto her.

Thank You Golden Carers, the best Activity site in the world. We have a few to chose from - and your site is always my go to first.
Darla 11th Aug 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager

6 Tips for Writing a Self-Assessment

Thank You for providing a report of 6 Tips for Writing a Self-Assessment. This report comes at a time when many in my filed are short staffed and overworked covering many jobs at once. In the field covering both recreation and rehabilitation, as well as management and aide work, I am feeling less successful in a job well done. Being stretched in every direction every day is tiring me out. I feel I am failing my residents, as well as the other staff I work alongside - the care aides and the nurses.

A self-assessment may be a good way to see where my strengths and weaknesses are, and adjust my time management somewhat.
Darla 22nd Jul 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Great Appreciation for all those who created the antique and classic cars quizzes and discussions. Program of Classic Cars today in this heat.
Darla 17th May 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager


Program: Making Sense of Senses; or Sensory Stimulation
Add to monthly calendar
facilitator: RT or Rec Aide under guidance of RT, or OT
Population: mid to late stage dementia
size: 2-6 residents
modifications: none.
tools/equipment: stimulating the senses. sight. sound, smell, touch/texture.
Time: 15-20 minute program. record > 15 minutes, 20 minutes long enough for Residents to hold interest, remain focused or engaged.
Recording: programs created in Activity Pro (tm); our company choice of activity site for on line documentation.

I use sound: bells, drums, rainmaker, robotic cat/dog (purr and bark).
I use smell: a scent kit made up of essential oils, coffee, deodorant sticks, rose water, old spice, pipe tobacco, Anything else you may want to add.

I use sight: Snoezelen bubbles, fiber optics, lava lamps, bright pool noodles, coffee table books 18" of brightly colored animals and scenery (not television or computer, but old coffee table books to bring close up) . Local library would be pleased to donate.

Touch and texture: in past (pre COVID), I used swatches of material with different textures: velvet, silk, taffeta, burlap, and corduroy to allow each resident to touch and hold.
Presently, I use soft warm washcloth dampened, and soothing warm lotion to apply to hands and arms. I add either orange (simulation) or lavender (calming) to the lotion - depending upon each Resident's needs.

When entering information for documentation capturing all these areas in Activity Pro ( tm), and coding as Emotional Goal Domain.

Well Wishes in your planning!
Darla 4th Mar 2021 Recreation and Rehab Manager

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 and Rehab Manager

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 and Rehab Manager

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 and Rehab Manager

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 and Rehab Manager



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