Designing activity programs requires creative thinking and enthusiasm. Your main point of reference will be the assessment of your clients.
The key to planning effective activities is to remember that every activity you do has the potential to be meaningful. Your attitude and engagement with the client in a caring and considerate manner can make it so.
A Good Activity Program should include:
Related: Getting to know your Client
These days, the level of client functioning is so varied in most assisted living facilities that despite all that is said about ‘Person-centered care’ and ‘Holistic care’ it is almost impossible to cater for each and every specific need.
Most people living with dementia would benefit enormously from having one-on-one attention from staff on a regular basis. However that is not always possible due to work related constrains. Still, you should always strive to provide the very best lifestyle program that you are able to.
Related: Person Centered Care
As a starting point, there are a range of activities which have been tried and tested time and time again by other Activity Professionals with very successful outcomes.
Start with a preliminary program for group leisure therapy and then incorporate personalized activities to meet the needs of individuals.
Here is a list of proven activities you could get started with:
|chair exercises,||balloon games||hoy||quizzes|
|bus trips||sing-along||happy hour||concerts|
|reminiscing sessions||skittles||carpet bowls||BBQs|
|videos||visits from children||gardening||church services|
|beauty therapy||walking||grooming||household chores|
|puzzles||listening to music||special attention||letter writing|
|conversation||assistance with meals||one-on-one visits||massage|
For ideas and inspiration check regularly on Golden carers for video demonstrations, art projects, quizzes, jokes, table and floor games, craft and especially calendar events and celebrations.
You may also check with your own colleagues. Drop in at another facility and ask to speak with the Recreation Therapist. Ask him/her what activities work best and then try them yourself.
Remember that only you, through trial and error, can find appropriate activities for your clients and determine realistic expectations for these activities.
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