Activities Co-Ordinator... Advice please.

Discussion in 'Researchers, students and professionals' started by tink80, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. tink80

    tink80 Registered User

    Aug 27, 2015
    Wirral, Merseyside
    Hello everyone.
    I have just started a job as an activities co-ordinator in a nursing home.
    I have no problem providing activities for the service users who can communicate well, but I would love some help with activities for those who have trouble with memory and concentration, or speech.

    Could anyone help me with some suggestions please? I just want to give the service users the best possible care they can have, After all they deserve it.

    Thank you in advance for any replies.
  2. TinaT

    TinaT Registered User

    Sep 27, 2006
    I would go to your manager and ask for some training in communicating with dementia sufferers.

    Have you any kind of a budget to spend? Often memory books for the era the resident is at can help.

    Try to find out from relatives what kind of things the resident used to like, what musical taste he/she had, hobbies etc., and take it from there by chatting to the resident or playing music you have been told means something to the resident.

    Make any activity short lasting because concentration is hard for anyone with memory loss . Best of all just sit and talk. The power of human touch is also a powerful tool.

    Best wishes in your new post.

  3. Sue J

    Sue J Registered User

    Dec 9, 2009
    Hello Tink80

    Welcome to TP

    I agree with everything in Tina's post.

    Hope you enjoy it

    Bes wishes
  4. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009
    #4 Soobee, Aug 27, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
    Looking through magazines or pictures together... potting small plants or other such gardening like planting seeds...painting things (we painted some beach pebbles the other day and it worked really well).. decoupage.... sorting buttons or other objects....even 'helping' to fold towels or sheets is something that's been mentioned before. For former teachers involving them in taking some form of register can be helpful in some way.

    And singing is really really effective especially if there's no speech - it's involved with a different part of the brain to speech so you will often find that people can sing or hum a bit they couldn't say
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    Music, gardening, arts and crafts, jigsaws, card games, armchair exercise.... My OH has no memory to speak of and mostly lost his speech but he enjoys all of those. Or he sits and writes down pages of gobbledygook. As long as he enjoys it, it doesn't have to make sense.
  6. Aitchbee

    Aitchbee Registered User

    Nov 3, 2013
    Some care homes are introducing the Namaste programme with residents who have advanced dementia

    This would involve quite a big commitment from the management at the home but you might be able to incorporate some of the ideas?
  7. cinco-ranch

    cinco-ranch Registered User

    Jul 5, 2016
    Sensory-Related Activity Ideas?


    Does anyone know of any activities that I could provide to my residents that are targeted to those who are more non-verbal than verbal? I would appreciate any ideas! Thanks!
  8. Toddleo

    Toddleo Registered User

    Oct 7, 2015
    I agree that this is a tricky one. Mum is registered blind, and has no attention span at all now. How do you target people like her? There is hand massage and sensory things/ music etc but to be honest she does not like being "fiddled with" I don't think there is very much you can do with folk like that.
    When I used to work in an elderly entertainment job, I found this book to be useful.
  9. Donnarobo

    Donnarobo Registered User

    Jan 4, 2017
    Try a person centred approach likes and dislikes of what that person used to like. It could be a certain singer you could play to them. Have you tried twiddle muffs? Doll therapy is also good for stimulation hope this helps
  10. Donnarobo

    Donnarobo Registered User

    Jan 4, 2017
    I work with elderly residents some have dementia some just need support. I'm looking to arrange a theme night as a group activitie. We already have a weekly quiz residents v staff so I'm looking for something that doesn't involve a quiz any help would be grateful
  11. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    Welcome to TP Donnarobo :)

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