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Hello everyone. I just accepted a job being a Activity Director for a memory care unit. We have 4 levels of care ranging from Independent living to assisted living to memory care to skilled nursing. I was a Director for a skilled nursing facility. Does anybody have any ideas for me to try. All are alert and oriented but with alzheimers and /or dementia. Please send me a message on my inbox if you have any.

 

 

Thanks for all your help.

 

Alan

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Hi Alan,

I work with alzheimer and dementia people what i do is plan activities that will help them remember what happen in there life time such as growing up on a farm or working on a railroad. At my facility we have started a Best Friends albulm. What it is, you or another worker becomes there best friend you will know everything about that person,like when they were born where they lived, what they like to do and then you make a shadow box outside of there room so that who ever visits them will know a little about them.If you would like some information on let me know and i will send it to you. Hope that this will help you out alittle bit.

Barb

PS reminicing is a very good activities.

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hello barb. thanks for the reply. I would love more info on the boxes and any other ideas you or others may have. Can you send them to me at my e-mail address. It is alan_asano@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Thanks,

Alan

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Hi Alan,

I work with Memory Care residents age 83 - 96, we plan activities based on input from their bio prepared by families upon their arrival that helps us know what the resident enjoys. We post their photo and short bio with favorite things they enjoy by their room entry. This also helps them learn where the new home is located, and others learn who they are.

 

Most Memory Care Residetns always enjoy music, spiritual, remniscing, and celebrating with fun and games. We don't miss opportunities to celebrate, B'day parties, anniversaries, holidays, etc., they love it!

 

To get them to move out I use music...for example, if I need them to transition from one area to another they all love and rise to the song "when the saints go marching in" this get's them moving on those walkers and wheel chairs. This is helpful when we move to patio or go from patio back to inside, or just anytime we are transferring to another activity where we need to reposition them.

 

Glad to share more if you would like.....

 

I luv my residents and feel honored to work with such wonderful people.

 

Bennie Jennings

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Alan,

I also utilize the aromatherapy, baking, and crafts. Have an 86 year old who comes twice a week to do baking and activities with food, since I have 15 ladies......

 

They really enjoy preparing snacks, reminiscing how they used to make them for their families, and just smelling the aromas....

 

some we do regularaly are: pigs in blanket, trail mix, muffins, crescents, candy....

 

we always have the residents use gloves and they enjoy feeling the different textures and mixing ingredients, some enjoy stirring, while others like counting how many are made, or just bagging the goodies......

 

Bennie Jennings

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Alan,

One of my prize investment for Memory Care is a digital camera. I capture so many precious moments and post on a huge board as well as send monthly letters to families with what we've been doing. They love it. Residents love looking at themselves and remembering what took place.

 

It's especially helpful when those relatives come to visit. I capture that momemt and either frame it for the resident or send the photo to families. They love it. I love my digital camera...plus Walgreens develops fast has lots of coupons, and can work good discounts if you use them regularly.

 

Regards,

Bennie

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