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Hi, I am in the process of moving from the AL side of my facility to the Special Care/Dementia unit. My new director would like to me to use the life stations in the living room more aggressively than the last AD did. I know little to nothing about how to use them.

 

From what I can see we have an area for laundry (folding towels, sheets, baby clothes), a baby care area, and a "sewing center", we also have a functioning kitchen that can be used with supervision and I'd like to incorporate some plants into the area.

 

Any comments, ideas, suggestions etc, would be helpful.

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I too am a new director of an alz unit. We also use life stations. What we are doing is do life stories of your residents find out what they had done in the past. I am doing a pastor station for a resident that just to be a pastor when in service. i am also in process of doing a train station for a resident that wants to take the train to London. I also have a baby station, Baseball station for a resident that use to party with babe ruth. I have many more but they are only good if that is what your resident is into. find that out.....hope this helps... write me and i can help......

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Luxe, please fill me in as to how large each station is. Are they the size of a desk or what? I'm interested in incorporating these into my program but we have limited space. Thanks

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Hello, Im not sure how much space you have avalible and where you would set your plants once they are established but maybe these ideas will help, you could go to Wal Mart, Lowes etc.. buy the planting trays and seeds (vegetable) and have your residents that are interested to help plant them. If you dont have adequate light, you could purchase a grow light to place over the plant tray, have the residents help you to water and transplant into pots when plants are mature or established enough if you have the space in a outside garden the plants can be transplanted outside(weather permitting) or if you just want them for plants you could get seeds such as green peper they make a very pretty plant and you can eat the pepers when they are mature. You could use any counter space or area to do this project use newspaper on counter under the tray to make cleanup easier. I hope these ideas will help

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Hi, I am in the process of moving from the AL side of my facility to the Special Care/Dementia unit. My new director would like to me to use the life stations in the living room more aggressively than the last AD did. I know little to nothing about how to use them.

 

From what I can see we have an area for laundry (folding towels, sheets, baby clothes), a baby care area, and a "sewing center", we also have a functioning kitchen that can be used with supervision and I'd like to incorporate some plants into the area.

 

Any comments, ideas, suggestions etc, would be helpful.

 

Hello,

The laundry area is wonderful. Let me just tell you from experience. It is a great way to sit down and reminisce with the residents. I like to sit down and ask the resident how am I suppose to fold this or can you help me get all this load done? These types of things are meant to make them feel as if they have a purpose in life. If they feel, that they have a purpose they will be more active and in better health.

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