Elderly people in aged care homes can still enjoy life despite dementia (there’s some tips for the carer as well!)
Some tips we thought were fantastic are:
“Outdoor trips and experiences can still be enjoyed and be fulfilling for both carers and the person with dementia. It creates new memories for today!”
“Outings with residents included taking photos of what we saw and talked about, then using next week to relive and enjoy the experience again.”
“Outing with a lady with dementia today included using sensory items to help orientation and stimulation, for example – flowers, a shell, lunch.”
“Utilising colours within therapeutic activities for clients especially during darker, gloomy days when they cannot access outdoors.”
From a personal perspective, whenever I visit my grandma with Alzheimers I make sure to leave a token behind (a photo of myself, or a note scribbled on a brochure from a cafe we visited or museum we went too) – for two reasons, to jog my grandma’s memory so she can reminisce about the visit, and for other family members to see – so they know I have stopped by.
(My grandma has been known to tell the family that she hasn’t seen me in years, or the opposite that she sees me every day, by leaving a token at least family members know when her recollections are ‘accurate’)
Do you work as a nurse in Aged Care? Or do you have family members with Dementia or Alzheimers? What tips do you have to share with us?
Image credit: Rosie O’Beirne
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