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Day Centre Coordinator From Auckland, New Zealand

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Nikki 21st Sep 2021 Day Centre Coordinator

Sit & See Observation Bus Outing

I like the use of pictures and words on the card. I did a similar thing with words only to encourage observation on a 30 minute drive to a waterfront café. (pre pandemic) I added a couple of things at the destination such as yachts on storage shelves and the commuter ferry.
In lockdown I've used this type of card to encourage looking outdoors when Spring was beginning - 3 birds on the lawn, white blossom, a spring bulb in flower.
Another version was focused in the homes of people we'd normally have at our centre. I asked them to mark off things such as a favourite item of clothing, something they inherited, a photo with 3 generations in it. There are so many variations possible with the knowledge we have of the participants and our imaginations!
If treats can't be provided due to physical distance, I have suggested that a treat be had when the card is full - which has included 9 - 12 items to find.
Nikki 15th Sep 2021 Day Centre Coordinator

Fun With the Weather

I love this site and the thought of all of us who use it being busy enriching the lives of seniors.
I have been looking for a colouring activity which has a rainbow in the scene. I can't find one here today so if you are able to add one that would be much appreciated.
Currently I'm working from home to keep the guests at our community based programme connected and occupied. We are in our 5th week of complete lockdown - only allowed out to buy groceries, medical reasons and for limited local exercise. (Covid Delta)
I'm so looking forward to being able to reach the many guests who don't have email and therefore haven't received our weekly activities packages. Hopefully next week we will be able to post hardcopies to those seniors.
Nikki 9th Mar 2021 Day Centre Coordinator

How to Use Conversation Cards to Connect Residents

I've used cards with only a picture as the picture can be interpreted in many ways. This allows me to tailor a prompt/question according to the person who has drawn that card. Many of our participants have dementia and now find reading difficult - pictures remove that pressure.