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  1. Does nine years and 10 moths qualify? Essex Boy
  2. Hi, I think everyone has been in your shoes at some point . There is no magic answer that I can give apart from be patient and believe in yourself. Get to know your residents and the families. Rome was not built in a day. 1-2-1 is a good starting point Essexboy from England
  3. Just love the Olympics idea Essexboy1
  4. We have all the staff dressing up in red, white and blue and we are serving pie and mash for lunch.and then jellied eels in the late afternoon. We have decked the whole home in bunting and flags alomg with pictures of the royal couple. Essex boy1
  5. Hi, I was wondering if there is anmy one out there from the UK who would at some point like to set up a meeting with several other activity organisers to collate our ideas and act as one . If you are interested then please reply as I feel this would enhance the work we all do. Essex Boy
  6. Following on from my reply to you yesterday I have to say that I support the post by Ella who states that @shame on your admin . If this happened here in the UK the homes manager would certainly have something to say in your support. Good luck Essex Boy
  7. Hi, Thank you for your reply and I hope that you find the Dementia Adventure website of interest. I have never heard of Sonas but will look into it today. Circle dancing sounds good and I would be very keen to get involved. Yes I have heard of NAPA and have been to several of their courses and talks. They are a national organisation who have the activities person as the main interest. I have not been to any meetings lately but am about to re start that process. if I come up with any new ideas or hear of any I will happily pass them onto you. Kind regards Derek Fisher
  8. Hi, Thank you for your reply and I hope that you find the Dementia Adventure website of interest. I have never heard of Sonas but will look into it today. Circle dancing sounds good and I would be very keen to get involved. Yes I have heard of NAPA and have been to several of their courses and talks. They are a national organisation who have the activities person as the main interest. I have not been to any meetings lately but am about to re start that process. if I come up with any new ideas or hear of any I will happily pass them onto you. Kind regards Derek Fisher
  9. Hi, I am not familiar with Texan laws and regs but I would have thought that the action of removing calendars from rooms is a form of deprevation of liberty. Essex Boy1 UK
  10. Hi Marie, Thank you for your reply and I will happily list below some successful ideas that I have put in place in my work setting in Essex. We have mainly dementia residents with varying degrees of ability. I have found the job challenging as you have but as you rightly say it is rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy my job and I am sure that you do . 1. Laughter therapy is a big one down here in London at the moment and is very therapeutic and has tremendous positive affects on residents. I suggest you look up the therapy on Google and I will gladly give you the name of the therapist I know here in London. There are no gimmicks or jokes used in the therapy but just plain and simple laughter. The idea is very big in India, Sweden, Israel, USA and Germany . I have witnessed this therapy in action several times and have seen the positive results. 2. Dementia Adventure are an organisation in Essex whose ideals are getting people to connect with the great outdoors and nature walks. Once again I can supply you with the contact details but they do have their own website under Dementia Adventure. 3. One of the most interactive activities I carry out are one to one sessions with residents and try to understand their backgrounds and what they personally would like. I do this in conjunction wit6h the family and the outcome once again is very positive. It is empowering the resident to have control over what they receive in the way of daily activities. You may already do this so forgive me if I am stating the obvious. 4. I always fined that theme days are a very good way to bond with bpoth staff and residents. It is down to the activities organiser to get everyone involved in what ever capacity and a good way is to involve the residents in the setting up and the planning. 5. Finally I have instigated an in house newsletter that has large input from the residents and the families. Once again this is about meaningful activities and making the person feel valued. I hope this is of some help Derek
  11. Hi, Thank you for the post and the website is amazing. I will try this out and have passed the information onto others. Thank you Eseex Boy1 but whose real name is Derek
  12. Hi, We don't have that named week here in the UK but if we did I would invite all the local residents to the home in for an open day and make it a fun day with music and a real party atmosphere. Another idea could be to involve local schools and get them to help out around the home. This not only raises awareness of the home but gives kids an insight to the elderly in care. I wish you good luck Derek from UK
  13. Hi Ella, Thank you for your reply. My setting has 60 residents with varying cognitive degrees and I agree totally with you when you say that its a challenge meeting everyone's needs. I am only to pleased to tell you what I have found that works and what dosen't. A major yes is chair based exercise to background music. I guess everyone does this but I find this is always good but must be a short session as the residents can easily lose interest if it goes on and on. I also find 1-2-1 sessions about life stories very good and everyone loves to talk about their past. I have made notes, using exact words and then put together a life book to present to the resident for them to show their families. Quick fire word games qalways brings peoples interest level s up and it is surprising how many quiet people suddenly come up with an answer and gradually gain confidenvce. The main success, if I can call it that phrase, has been laughter therapy. This has amazing results. There are no jokes said or funny things done , just pure and controlled laughter. Be lieve me it soon gets evryone in the room laughing. Even a false laugh raises the spirits and relaease a toxin in the system that makes you feel good aboit yourself. I would happily pass you details of a therapist I know in London, he wont come to Michigan I am sorry to say. He will however pass you on details if you so wish. The results on residents well being are astounding. There is in the UK a group called Dementia Adventure. They are based in Essex and believe in the great outdoors and nature walks. They organise so many at various places throughout the year. The believe here is that fresh air and exercise invigorates the mind and stimulates conversation. Once again the results are quite remarkable. I will send you their link if you want me to. I firmly believe that getting to know your resident is very important and I adopt personalisation in every aspect of the job. If I can please everyone then that's whats its all about. Even making that one person smile for once in the day is priceless. To this end I read the care plan and see if there is any past history of a person being good at something i.e cooking or gardening. The affect that making someone feel useful around the home or facilty is quite profound. Please forgive me for going on but activities are my passion. Hope this helps Derek
  14. Hi again, I am sorry but in my haste top reply to you I forgot to answer your question re Easter. I have organised the residents in making their own bonnets and obviously we have Easter eggs for them all plus we have the local church attending for a service. We have the Royal Wedding at the end of this month and we are busy organising bunting and flags etc. I thought it would be nice for the residents to recall their own weddings , if applicable of course. We are also organising an in house street party. Derek Fisher
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