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Robyn

Healthy Ageing Advocate From South Australia, Australia


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Robyn 5th Dec 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Thank you both Kim and Karen.
In answer to Karen's question - duty statements have been created but not JD. Ongoing discussion with management and a frustrating work env. Thank you for reiterating though, its good to read external input and way of putting matters.
Thanks, Cheers
Robyn
Robyn 3rd Dec 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Hi Molly that sounds like a good idea. It might take a working- bee with a volunteer or something but it sounds like a good place to start. Thanks heaps Robyn
Robyn 29th Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Hi Guys, can I please ask for some ideas?
I work in a Nursing Home where a good deal of the clients are unwell elderly who have been discharged from a hospital and are awaiting a placement for permanent care in a residential facility.
They stay with us for a day or two or possibly up to three weeks. ie their stay with us is short and unknown.
We have limited funding so I need to be creative. If I leave resources around it gets dispersed to different ward rooms or gets tucked away in a walking frame (never to be seen again!) eg knitting wool and needles, jigsaw puzzle box, game of scrabble, colouring in pencils...
I can set some activities up (eg a jigsaw) but the clients use the dining tables for meals so these resources get packed up quickly and put aside anywhere. We have single lounge chairs and TV and DVD's for an afternoon movie or concert.
I'm only on duty of a morning, and the expectation is for me to be working across several floors. (I'm the only Lifestyle staff member.)

Any ideas area more than welcome.
Thank you
Robyn
Robyn 9th Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Thank you once again Solange. Yes you're correct, not being there fulll time poses challenges. No offspring - only one God daughter. I will look further into the Serbian Club.
Thank you Robyn
Robyn 8th Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Thank you so much Ruth, really valuable suggestions to this complicated - bankrupt+dementia+admission to permenant residential care home. Robyn
Robyn 6th Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Thank you so very much both Wendy and Vlasta. I will put these ideas into use asap. Robyn
Robyn 4th Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Hi!
Would anybody have any suggestions please.
In our residential aged care home we have an elderly resident who has some memory loss issues. Her husband does also and they stay together in everything they do. They have been placed with us permanently. She has a loud voice and her voice carries a big distance (saying all day that they "are leaving today as her legs are better now"). This is upsetting other residents. They are from Serbia and are fairly new to living in a residential home. They have both been very community minded and actively participated in the one and only Serbian club in our region. Also went to the club for lunch once a week. She is active and willing to help out eg 'wash dishes', also pushes a resident back to his room in his wheelchair after the resident has gone out for his cigarette.

Their financial situation is not good - in the hands of the governments guardianship board presently - which can take some time. (essentially this means that there is no money available at present). Going to their Serbian club and such is not an option. She is not accepting the statement that this is now their new home because of her cognitive ability.

Any suggestions please. I am the only lifestyle staff member - on limited hours. Also - limited volunteer support as yet.
Thank you all, I'm sure there are some solutions!
Robyn 1st Nov 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Hi All!

I have just started in a different building/section of our Aged Care Residential facility - filling a temporary need. This program could be viewed as a great opportunity!
Ninety five percent of the resources (including systems and staff) previously used have moved to a newly built section - along with all of the previous residents.
The role has several dimensions delivered on both the ground floor and first floor.
One floor has short stay clients (several days to a week) and the other floor will have around 20 'permanent' residents - we have about 12 already. The plan is for the 20 'permanent' people to move elsewhere as soon as renovations are completed elsewhere for them. Our little group has a lot of variation from younger residents to frail elderly. There is also a lot of differing ethnicity in the group.

Little funding is being provided for this situation and my hours limited to finishing just after lunch time. I am pretty much the only lifestyle staff member - however there is good support available.

My questions are :
Does anyone have suggestions on how to run a start up program something like this.
How to run group sessions with all of the above in mind.
Any suggestions on how to ask for support as care staff are all working very hard, or suggestions on how to rearrange the dynamics so that all concerned can work together as a great team.

Thank you so much. Any help would be appreciated.
Robyn 15th Aug 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Thanks Janey
Robyn 31st Jul 2018 Healthy Ageing Advocate

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Hi can anyone give any suggestions. Our facility run a bus trip once a week. Sometimes it can be a challenge to motiviate our residents to want to attend. (We always have a good time - it's just challenging to get to the bus etc) Would anyone have any suggestions (carrot stick) to help encourage the long walk to the bus but also any activities to do whilst on the bus. We enjoy a sing a long and a commentary from the driver plus morning tea but any other suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you - Robyn
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