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Activity Apron or Pillow

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Does anyone use an activity apron or pillow? I have seen the idea on the Internet, whereby the apron or pillow has sensory objects on it for residents to touch and manipulate, such as a zipper, a shoelace, shapes to match, a soft flap, and a place for a photo. I've seen several types, but wasn't sure which were the best ones to get. I was wanting to purchase some for the alzheimer's unit that I work for, but they are so expensive, I didn't know if they were worth the money. They ranged from $50 on up. Does anyone know of a cheaper place to get them or someone who makes them? Thanks for your help! :)

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Hi Sharon,

 

Have you tried looking for a local Women's Group, Girl Scout Troop or School Club who you could buy the fabric and supplies for and they could assemble? They may need community service projects...

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I had an assistant that sewed and she made mine. It was simple and very inexpensive because all of the items were on clearance I can send you a picture but it was not hard at all.

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This could be a great activity for some of your higher functioning residents. We have a sewing group once a week. The ladies that are interested are helping make a small quilt top that we are going to hang when we are done. I have lacing cards for the lower functioning ladies so they can participate also. I think our next project will be to make a few of these sensory pillows. Maybe we could send you one let me know if you are interested.

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Hi--

 

Does anyone use an activity apron or pillow? I have seen the idea on the Internet, whereby the apron or pillow has sensory objects on it for residents to touch and manipulate, such as a zipper, a shoelace, shapes to match, a soft flap, and a place for a photo. I've seen several types, but wasn't sure which were the best ones to get. I was wanting to purchase some for the alzheimer's unit that I work for, but they are so expensive, I didn't know if they were worth the money. They ranged from $50 on up. Does anyone know of a cheaper place to get them or someone who makes them? Thanks for your help! smile.gif

 

We recently purchased a few activity aprons (yes, they are pretty expensive). I must say, they are working out great though. We have one paticular resident who constantly stands up from her wheel chair and is a fall risk. She is very difficult to redirect. However, she was the first resident we tried the apron with and it really worked wonders. In the particular aprons we have there is a clear compartment to hold pictures. We placed a picture of the resident's grandson in the apron. Now, when she attempts to stand, we redirect her to the picture in her apron and she begins to talk about what a good boy he is. She even kisses the picture! As for getting more aprons at a good price... we were lucky enough to have a resident who is very skilled t sewing. We supplied her with all of the materials and she is in the process of making some more for us. I highly recommend the aprons!

 

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Joe

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