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I have been an A/D for about 6 months now, and I work at a hospital, and I was needing any advise from other A/D that work in a hospital setting on group activities, mostly all of the patients are in the program for diffrent reasons, and that leaves me to do alot of 1:1 activities.

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I imagine it would be hard to get swing bed patients together for an activity. You probably will have to do a lot of 1:1 activities. Don't forget though, they may not need you or a group for activities. What independent activities can you get them going on? Find out their interests and bring them to them. Crossword puzzles, reading, movies, some crafts, etc. can all be done in their bed without you, depending on your resident's level of functioning.

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I agree! Offering them bedside activities that they can do independently, puzzles, reading material, writing material, TV, radios, 1:1 things that you can do with them , manicures etc. Are you attached to Long Term Care or Assisted Living? If so offer your Activity Calendar so they may attend activities of choice and assist with transportation to and from activity areas.

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I agree group activites in swing bed setting are very difficult to pull off and are ( at least at my place) are a logistic nightmare. Therefore the last couple months we have been doing monthly theme parties and inviting patient families to attend. It kinda acts like a night out and everyone enjoys it. Of course, we are on a major budget, so I typically get all the decorations and door prizes donated from the local thrift stores. To supplement this we also encourage the patients to attend our long ter care activites(we also have a 60 bed long term care and rehab unit). Hope this helps, it has also been for public relations in the community.

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I agree group activites in swing bed setting are very difficult to pull off and are ( at least at my place) are a logistic nightmare. Therefore the last couple months we have been doing monthly theme parties and inviting patient families to attend. It kinda acts like a night out and everyone enjoys it. Of course, we are on a major budget, so I typically get all the decorations and door prizes donated from the local thrift stores. To supplement this we also encourage the patients to attend our long ter care activites(we also have a 60 bed long term care and rehab unit). Hope this helps, it has also been for public relations in the community.

 

 

I keep reading this thread and can not figure out what a Swing Bed is...Can someone please elaborate..Thanks Deana

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I don't work in a hospital, but I do a lot of 1:1 with bed ridden residents and here is some ideas:

Tactile Stimulation Activities such as allowing them to sift through rice/beans to find objects hidden within or hand massages and nail care. Residents absolutely love when you give them massages!

For a group setting you can do music therapy, aromatherapy or a sing a long (if most are alert).

In addition you could bring in a pastor/priest for a religious program (depending on their religious preference). Hope this helps!

 

Patrice

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Deana:

 

A Swing Bed Patient is one who was in the Hospital for whatever reason; Pneumonia, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, IV Antibiotics, etc. etc. The list is endless. They no longer qualify to stay in the acute care hospital setting so they are placed in the Swing Bed Program. Basically it is a Short Term Rehab stay while they gain strength and independence to return home. With the insurances and/or Medicaid, they qualify for 100 days in the program. Hope this helps.

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Deana:

 

A Swing Bed Patient is one who was in the Hospital for whatever reason; Pneumonia, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, IV Antibiotics, etc. etc. The list is endless. They no longer qualify to stay in the acute care hospital setting so they are placed in the Swing Bed Program. Basically it is a Short Term Rehab stay while they gain strength and independence to return home. With the insurances and/or Medicaid, they qualify for 100 days in the program. Hope this helps.

 

 

Ahhh...I thought it was some specialized bed...LOL

 

Thank you for explaining

 

Deana

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