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I am an AD at a 114 bed facility.About 75% of my residents are severely cognitively impaired and I am always looking for new activity ideas that can be adapted for lower functioning residents to participate. Thanks :-D

 

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:pint: :pint: Hi, Everybody! I am having the same problem, I just started working as a AD in Assisted Living & Memory Care. In AL there is 59 residents and MC there is 18. I have worked in a nursing facility, but to me memory care is alot different from what I am use to, so please HELP ME! Thank you.

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Hi I am Sharon from Indiana and have been AD for almost 3 years and a Licensed Practical Nurse for 13 years. I have the best of both worlds. Enjoy this site and hope this helps. I subscribe to New Day and they have lots of wonderful ideas, and also to Activity Connection which has alot of ideas for the entire month. Just wonderful site. Anything sensory works, I am in a hospital setting and have patients from home and local nursing facilities so I have all types of function. I once had a patient that was contracted no verbal response. After learning he was a long time farmer and it was fall I stopped along the road collected corn cobs both empty and with corn on it. I shell some of the corn and put into a bowl. I began by talking to the patient about the weather, the crops and about what I brought him. I then put his hands in the bowl of corn he immediately began swirling his hands and quicker than I could grab his hands he picked up a small kernel of corn with his thumb and forefinger and started right for his mouth. I redirected his hand and took the corn away thinking I almost blew that and what a stupid thing to try. Well when mentioning it to my husband that evening he informed me being a farmer he was testing the corn for moisture content. The next day I spoke with his son and sure enough that was what he was doing. A meaningful activity for this gentlemen. Try anything sensory, lotions, massage, music they grew up with, bright pictures of their past, butterflies, sounds of nature, talk about current events about things in their past, look for old newspapers, books and show them to the person, hide items in rice, sand anything for sensory. I hope this helps. Let me know.

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