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I work in an alzheimer's/dementia faciltiy.. any ideas for outings with small groups of residents? Thank you very much!

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The way I look at outing for Alzheimers / Memory Care is this..... They can go on any outing that other can go on.... This is where knowing your residents come in. You have to know their triggers and not temp fate. For example, I know that Mrs X can go out to a restaraunt or to the mall for window shopping but if she goes to a museum or seniors dance LOOK OUT, she gets mad mad MAD!!! I know Mr Bill can go to a hamburger joint but not to a fine dinning establishment because he gets bored. We always have enough staff to assist and we usually have no major problems.... Our Alz rneighborhood is required to have an outing scheduled 2 times a week....but I would rather be out and about than in and they seem to benifit from the outings so we go more....

 

Here are some things we do....

 

Lunch Bunch every Wednesday. Some of these residents do not know my name or where they live but they know when it is wednesday and that I am the one going with them.

 

Senior Dances at the Senior Center....this has always been a treat.

 

Museums.....great chance for reminiscing. We went to teh Jc Penny Museum and the little display of an old country store got many of the residents talking about things....

 

Nature walks (or rolls for the wheel chairs) We never get far but we have a great time.

 

Pic nics

 

Red Hat Parties and outing with other facilities and the local red hatters. Lunch, Mary Kay things, ice cream socials/ outing at an ice cream parlor (old fashioned ice cream parlors are fun if there is one in your town...also tea rooms)

 

Sunday Drive (what we do is ride around the block and then stop at Sonic....we do not even get out of the bus and they have a great time eating ice cream in the bus...we have even did lunch this way a few times and it went over very well...it is something fun and different)

 

Air Plane hangars with old planes (again...reminisching ops)

 

Movies. This is a favorite outing. we have a movie place here that is set up to serve lunch or dinner like a restaraunt....

 

Happy Hours and Dancing (make sure to go when the place is not very crouded....like at 3pm on a wednesday...LOL. Call ahead and most places will really help you out. They know you will tip well ~wink~)

 

If there is a local farm call and see if the owners mind if you drive through....they might even demonstrate something for you....or just talk to you. That is something we have arranged to do when it gets cooler.

 

Church. Church programs.

 

School programs....maybe arrange to go to a dress rehearsal so it is not crouded. the Drama and music departments will work with you and this gives them a chance to perform in front of a very understanding audience. Good practice for little kids.

 

We go to the big church down the streets senior bar b ques and BINGO nights. They know us and understand and really include us in a lot of things.

 

We have even discussed going on a cruise around a local lake.....

 

The lady who is the head of our Alz area wanted to take the residents swimming last year....never happened....I felt uncomfortable with that....has anyone done that with thier high functioning group? This would have been at a therapy center but still.... I think because I am not a strong swimmer

 

I enjoy going out with our Alz group more than just the Assisted Living group. We always have a lot of fun. We usually take a few care managers, the bus driver, me (and sometimes another Department head) and a volunteer or someones sitter. We have had family members go with us a lot, too.

 

I would love to hear others ideas and plans.... sharing keeps everyonie from geting stale.

 

Tiff

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The way I look at outing for Alzheimers / Memory Care is this..... They can go on any outing that other can go on.... This is where knowing your residents come in. You have to know their triggers and not temp fate. For example, I know that Mrs X can go out to a restaraunt or to the mall for window shopping but if she goes to a museum or seniors dance LOOK OUT, she gets mad mad MAD!!! I know Mr Bill can go to a hamburger joint but not to a fine dinning establishment because he gets bored. We always have enough staff to assist and we usually have no major problems.... Our Alz rneighborhood is required to have an outing scheduled 2 times a week....but I would rather be out and about than in and they seem to benifit from the outings so we go more....

 

Here are some things we do....

 

Lunch Bunch every Wednesday. Some of these residents do not know my name or where they live but they know when it is wednesday and that I am the one going with them.

 

Senior Dances at the Senior Center....this has always been a treat.

 

Museums.....great chance for reminiscing. We went to teh Jc Penny Museum and the little display of an old country store got many of the residents talking about things....

 

Nature walks (or rolls for the wheel chairs) We never get far but we have a great time.

 

Pic nics

 

Red Hat Parties and outing with other facilities and the local red hatters. Lunch, Mary Kay things, ice cream socials/ outing at an ice cream parlor (old fashioned ice cream parlors are fun if there is one in your town...also tea rooms)

 

Sunday Drive (what we do is ride around the block and then stop at Sonic....we do not even get out of the bus and they have a great time eating ice cream in the bus...we have even did lunch this way a few times and it went over very well...it is something fun and different)

 

Air Plane hangars with old planes (again...reminisching ops)

 

Movies. This is a favorite outing. we have a movie place here that is set up to serve lunch or dinner like a restaraunt....

 

Happy Hours and Dancing (make sure to go when the place is not very crouded....like at 3pm on a wednesday...LOL. Call ahead and most places will really help you out. They know you will tip well ~wink~)

 

If there is a local farm call and see if the owners mind if you drive through....they might even demonstrate something for you....or just talk to you. That is something we have arranged to do when it gets cooler.

 

Church. Church programs.

 

School programs....maybe arrange to go to a dress rehearsal so it is not crouded. the Drama and music departments will work with you and this gives them a chance to perform in front of a very understanding audience. Good practice for little kids.

 

We go to the big church down the streets senior bar b ques and BINGO nights. They know us and understand and really include us in a lot of things.

 

We have even discussed going on a cruise around a local lake.....

 

The lady who is the head of our Alz area wanted to take the residents swimming last year....never happened....I felt uncomfortable with that....has anyone done that with thier high functioning group? This would have been at a therapy center but still.... I think because I am not a strong swimmer

 

I enjoy going out with our Alz group more than just the Assisted Living group. We always have a lot of fun. We usually take a few care managers, the bus driver, me (and sometimes another Department head) and a volunteer or someones sitter. We have had family members go with us a lot, too.

 

I would love to hear others ideas and plans.... sharing keeps everyonie from geting stale.

 

Tiff

hello..i have done swimming and it went realy realy well.

 

we used to go to a hydrotherapy pool. 2 carers and 6-8 residents only. it went so well that one of the non dementia residents started coming and she would do laps with a float in the kids pool ( up to her waist)

 

i do have to say this had the most positive effect on our residents. there is now a pool in the hospital and if i was still working in that town we would be going to that. one other place i worked in we used to go a larger facilities hydro pool it was great.

 

not all people were suitable to go of course..but you know your residents better than anyone..:)

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