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We offer an evening activity twice a week, usually around 6pm. The activity we usually offer is something like yahtzee, board games, card club, or bingo. I have found it to be very difficult to get much involvement after dinner time. The most success Ive had was with an entertainer coming in to sing or a coffee and newspaper chat group.

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it all depends on your population.... one facility I was at had 30-40 patients who were up and ready to party at night so we have evening activities 5 days a week, trivia, word, games, movies, etc. My current facility I can only get people out at night for entertainment and other evening programs only get 7-12 participant (after extensive encouragement).

 

I would just take a look at who is staying up after dinner and find something to please them, even if its getting a group to watch jeopardy & wheel of fortune together.

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Do any of you provide evening activities between 5p and bedtime? What works best when preparing to facilitate evening activities?

 

Hi, my name is Marie. I am an Activity Co-ordintor in a nursing home in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. I work in a 16 bed unit with residents who have moderate to severe dementia. We currently have activities in the evening 7 nights per week from 5pm to 9pm. Sundowning is a hugh issue in our unit and we have found that evening activities combat this to a degree. We use groupwork around 6pm, mainly Sonas ( sensory group), followed by one to one sessions. I have found it challenging at times but there are times it works really well. Many of our residents do not go to bed early and seem to enjoy some kind of interaction at these times. I am currenlty trying to access a training course in Meaningful Activities for people with dementia but I have not had much luck. Hope this helps and if anyone has any advice on working with residents who have dementia then please let me know.

 

Thanks.

 

Marie

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We have evening activities 4 nights a week in our memory care unit, but only until 8PM. Each activity is 30 minutes. Activities range from gentle exercise like parachute, ring toss, stretching to music. We also play games like Name That Tune, board games, cards or dice. Sometimes we have Rhythmn Band or Sing-A-Longs. Reading groups are very popular.We also have a volunteer who comes two nights a month to play guitar and sing. Actually. these activities are very much like daytime ones. It is working well.

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