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Kim

Activities Director From Nebraska, United States


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Kim 11th Aug 2019 Activities Director

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I, too, like sensory activities for dementia residents. We have a game called "Follow your Nose," which has 30 different scents--I sometimes just get a small group and let them smell all the different ones, keeping track of favorites. These scents, such as "Pine tree" and "mowed grass" can spark memories and get them talking. Even looking at the beautiful pictures from magazines such as "Country" and "Birds and Blooms" can be a good activity. There's also a "fabric swatch' available from S&S World wide that has several different colored/textured swatches of fabric on a ring. You can discuss the different colors and textures. One thing I am working on is a sensory bag in which you put in common, familiar items such as clothespins and erasers--you have people reach in the bag and try to guess what the item is they are handling. Aromatherapy and hand massage with a nicely-scented lotion is also great.

Kim 4th Aug 2019 Activities Director

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To get more residents involved in activities, I find that it is helpful to have the activity in the lobby or commons area. We have several residents who like to be in the lobby, residents who would not come to the activities room for an activity, but who like to join in sometimes in groups held in the lobby. Also, staff and passers-by can jump in for spelling, trivia, list-making, word games, etc. Our residents enjoy having staff join their activities, even if only for a short time. And I think having a bustling, involved and interested air about the place looks good to visitors.
Kim 4th Aug 2019 Activities Director

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I used to not like having a group with only 3 or 4 people. Yet you can have a high-quality activity with that few. I think it's also important to remember that you want a mix of activities on your calendar--large group, small group, and one-to-one. Not every activity has to be large group.
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