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Doris

Recreation Therapist From Alberta, Canada


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Doris 27th Sep 2015 Recreation Therapist

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Hi Donna, Love the photograph concept especially if the person has the cognitive recall for it.Perhaps their first name or nick name or Mr or Mrs. in big bold easy to read letters directly on the door of their room. Another idea is to hang up a specific picture of something that they can relate to i.e.; a fishing boat, a garden, a cat. Or hang up an object if possible. A wreath, painting, a hat,etc. Will they recognize and remember it ?, that's the tough part. Keep in mind a photo or object is much better to redirect them too than just a room number. Some Seniors homes have wooden memory boxes mounted to the wall just outside each residents room
Each box is personalized with a few of their special meaningful things.
A family photo, craft item they made, ornament, work related item like a badge or hat. Good Luck ! From Doris
Doris 27th Sep 2015 Recreation Therapist

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Hi Debbie, This name idea might be too basic or elementary but there was a time that I called a sensory stimulation program
"Look, Listen and Feel" but that may not be what you want as far as relating to the Aromatherapy ? As far as using a scent warmer or equipment using an electrical source unfortunately we had to get it checked out by our maintenance department which would approve it or not for usage within the facility. Love the diffuser idea. I recently had tremendous success in once again using a variety of fresh herbs from the garden for sensory stimulation These included: oregano, lavender, basil, lemon basil, thyme, ginger mint, parsley, chives, citronella; etc. What a wonderful idea you have to use the blocks of scent I hope they approve it for use.
Good Luck !
Doris 27th Sep 2015 Recreation Therapist

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Hi Kymberly,I'm sorry off hand I do not have a template suggestion for you per say but an idea or concept that may be of some help.
In the spirit of Fall I have in the past made a huge paper tree and mounted it on a wall or very large size bulletin board. The leaves that I then add each have message on it. I do this in honour of Thanksgiving.
The large title above the entire tree states: "What I am Grateful for is"
On each leaf is the answer to that statement from residents. I do not record their name just their answer. Examples of answers have included:
the staff who help me every day, my family, Canada, the food, that I am loved; etc. Getting back to your specific request could you mount a large size drawing of: a mirror [use tinfoil], multiple picture frames each with an answer inside, perhaps a picture or icon of their answer, etc. You may use gift wrap to cover a bulletin board or laminate a poster or instead of the tree idea can you think of another object and then add the parts.
Doris 27th Sep 2015 Recreation Therapist

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Really appreciated all of the above ideas for Men mentioned already.
Would like to add:
Pub afternoon with Carpet bowling, delivering the news paper and mail to residents in the facility, being in charge of recycling items taking them to the bottle depot and then using the funds for a special event for Men or donating it to a special cause; research for Alzheimer's or even funds for a school in the neighbourhood. Volunteer work in the community. Intergenerational involvement with youth: teaching kids to read, make mobile cars, planes, trains, repair their bikes, build a science project, build bird houses or feeders for their facility or the local zoo.
Wood work: sanding and refinishing wooden walking canes. One to one visits where you record their life history or stories about their life. Mens Current Events group were you serve coffee or tea and read the news paper out loud and have a discussion about certain news worthy stories.
Fund raising: Get the men to make something. Bird houses, napkin holders, garden stakes, mail boxes, calendars with photographs they have taken; etc. Sell items to residents, family and staff and use the funds for a cause thats near and dear to their heart. Create a reason and purpose for them to get up in the morning and to give back. I found this helps. Good Luck ! From Doris
Doris 27th Sep 2015 Recreation Therapist

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Doris 16th Aug 2015 Recreation Therapist

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I am a Recreation Therapist offering private customized one to one visits to seniors who live in their own home or in a care facility. I'm looking for a tag line or a few simple words to describe the one to one visits I offer by For example Recreation and Leisure for Seniors. Customized Companion visits for Seniors, Senior Support Services; etc. My descriptive words should be different than just the usual companion visits offered by other Senior service companies. Your thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Doris 16th Aug 2015 Recreation Therapist

15 Activities for Loners and Introverted Seniors

I worked in a care facility that ran a Seniors "Spin Class". It was lead by a Recreation and Occupational Therapy staff member. The stationary bicycles came in two styles an upright regular bike or normal style as well as the low rider type. The lower rider was where you were seated in a regular chair but strapped your feet into a stationary bicycle. Various music was played while participants cycled, some were familiar songs that they sang along to. This program was well received by those who joined in.
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