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Daily Life and Social Activities

The intended outcomes for Standards 12 - 15 are: 12. Service users find the lifestyle experienced in the home matches their expectations and preferences, and satisfies their social, cultural, religious and recreational interests and needs. 13. Service users maintain contact with family/ friends/ representatives and the local community as they wish. 14. Service users are helped to exercise choice and control over their lives. 15. Service users receive a wholesome appealing balanced diet in pleasing surroundings at times convenient to them. EVIDENCE: The home has a programme of activities for people living in the home, and on the day of our visit aromatherapy massage and a light exercise session attended by seven people were being provided. People at the light exercise session were receiving encouragement from the activity organiser who was calling everyone by name, tailoring exercises to different abilities, and taking time with individuals to show them what to do.

Regular musical entertainment and craft sessions are being put on between once a week and once a month.

The homes annual self-audit for CSCI (the AQAA) tells us that the home has transport suitable for wheelchair users which allows people to go out on shopping trips, and that quiz evenings which relatives can also attend are taking place.

For people who are capable, the home has a designated area where people can access the internet.

Care plans seen did not record how people were to be supported to follow their individual interests, which is important even where a persons abilities may be much reduced, and this is included in the requirement made at this visit concerning care plans.

Main facts

Care home with nursing Conditions cared for: Older people generally / People with physical difficulties Care period: Longer stay / Short stay and respite / Day care / Trial visits This home accommodates 35 residents in 16 single rooms (17 en suite). It is a converted building with a garden, and was registered in 1988. Overnight visitors can usually be accommodated The home is in a suburban location. Bus stop 250 yards; shop 250 yards; post office 250 yards; town centre 0.5 mile(s); GP 250 yards; social centre 2 mile(s); Residents may bring their own furniture and choose their room decoration. There is a lot of flexibility about meals. Activities are arranged weekly. There are opportunities to pursue hobbies Cost: Not available. Local Authority rates accepted. NHS Continuing Care Funding rate accepted

Activity co-ordinators and occupational therapists can provide people with dementia with reality orientation, reminiscence and validation therapy. Music therapy, art therapy approaches and other creative therapies can also be helpful. Behaviour management approaches that

promote understanding of the behaviour of the person with dementia can also be beneficial and trained staff can offer this service within many establishments

Clare in United Kingdom said: I have just recently been appointed as an activity coordinator for the elderly in a residential home & was just wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions for things that I could do with the residents. I already have a few ideas but any help from others would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Day trips to museums, a special event that's in town for a limited time, special guided tours to local attractions or attractions that would be a day trip...playing cards or charades etc on the bus. Bring in musicians that play "oldie" music (of their era) so they can sing &/ or dance. Speical event dances - how about a prom? How 'bout a big band dance nite or disc? Get residents who play an instrument signed up for their own concert or have them play once a month at dinner. Loads of fun things to do! Is this helpful?

Stay Connected with Long-Distance Families

Many families live far away from the community where their loved one resides. Ask the activity director how you can stay connected with them and how you stay informed about their participation in the activities program. I do this through pictures and emails. I send pictures of the residents participating in their activities to the families.

Activities for Individuals

I have several residents who prefer not to do physical activities or crafts. In their younger years they owned a store or did floral arranging, so I opened a General Store in our community. These residents take a great deal of pride in taking inventory and working as the cashier within our community. Ask your activity director if he or she is willing to add activities for individual residents to help them feel apart of their surroundings. The most important factor is that your loved ones have a purpose. They need to be stimulated every day physically, cognitively and emotionally. Know the regulations for activities and how you will make care plans, group activities, and individual activities more person directed. You might want to think about assessments and how you will identify needs and strengths of your residents. Know the elements of culture change and

how you can make small changes to make the facility more home like for the residents. Hope this helps. The drama therapist described how she works with a small group of service users. The sessions include storytelling, physical activities to encourage teamwork and communication. All service users who participate in the drama therapy have dementia and the drama therapist was able to describe how the activities had supported maintaining their wellness.