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I'm taking the AD class and almost done!!YAY.....I work in a nursing home with 142 beds. I am ALWAYS looking for 1-1 visit ideas...so i will be checking it all out!!!

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Hi cari...I too am excited about finishing up but I'm still working through my final practicum. Have you already spoke with a fellow student regarding a special project you're working on? I've got a couple of balls in the air and work at a 143 bed facility south of Boston...north of providence. My days get very complex...interviewing new short term patients and overseeing our long term resident daily programs. Can't seem to blend the two together as hard as I try...how about you?

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Hi Cari and Joan. I'm in a 116 bed facility with a lot of turnover due to rehab. Some ideas for 1:1 activities, which you may already know, can be making memory books. Have your Residents, if able, choose like pictures out of an old magazine (ex.: dogs for one idea) and cut them out. Use construction paper for pages and have them help you glue the pics to the pages. Use ribbon or the like after hole punching the pages for a book. Whatever topic of interest they chose will be in their room for them to share again with you or with others. Of course scent sensory is good - cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, etc. in jars. Textile box of articles of different textures is good such as smooth items like a silk scarf, rough items like sandpaper, feathery items, etc. for them to feel. I read chicken soup stories to mine. They are short and have good sense topics. If you can afford about two hundred dollars out of budget, you can look for a bear called spinoza bear that talks and sings using tapes. He is soft spoken and calming. There really are sooooo many things to do on a 1:1 visit. Hope some of these help.

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Hi Cari, I use Memorystreets books to get the conversation started. Depending on their cognitive skills you can just try "finish the song" or "finish the phrase". If they need more stimulation you can try other subjects that are in the books that help them use their memories and remember good times. I even used them when I went to visit a friends mother in a nursing home, We went from strained conversation to her totally engaged, smiling and wanting more. You can just start the conversation with " Ok, we are going to have fun and test your memory." The website is www.memorystreets.com they have free sample sheets to download and if you put your e mail or fax # under "contact us" you can ask for more sample sheets to try. Good luck. Kim

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