By Haley Burress United States
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Finding easy interventions and activities for residents living with dementia doesn’t always need lots of extra prep work and planning. Ideal for anyone living with dementia, sifting and sorting bins provides cognitive stimulation and improves fine motor skills.
Even better, these bins are easy to keep around the nursing station or in an easily accessible closet for evening caregivers and family members to grab for an activity intervention when staff members are gone for the day.
Sifting and sorting bins are boxes, bags, or other containers full of items to sort or sift through. People who interact with sifting and sorting can benefit from:
Use your resident assessments and histories to choose sorting and sifting opportunities they might enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Your bins should offer enough supplies to allow for a good sorting or sifting experience, but not enough to overwhelm the person. For example, a small jar of various buttons is a great idea, but a giant gallon-sized bag may be too much.
If you are ready to start a sorting and sifting bin program at your community, remember to keep a few bins readily available. You can swap them out every month so that the bins don’t get boring for the resident, or for the caregivers.
For supplies, try emptying out your craft closet or hitting your local thrift store. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money from your budget to make a stash of these easy to use activities.
Any bin will do for storing your objects, but it can be fun to find a container that fits the theme of the objects inside. A fancy white purse from the thrift store can hold costume jewelry, a change purse can hold coins, and a tool box can hold blocks of wood.
Work with your Director of Nursing to let other nursing staff and assistants know about the monthly bins. You can show them where the bins are, why using them is beneficial to residents, and how to get the residents started with the bins.
Don’t think sorting and sifting is only appropriate for people living with dementia. Other residents can benefit from this activity as well!
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