July 13, 2016

ideas for diversional therapists to use with groups

 * resources available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au

A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care

Contents includes
  • Supporting Identity
  • Creative brain sculpture 
  • Life-story book 
  • Decorated narratives
  • Puppets
  • Supporting Memory
  • My mother’s bathroom
  • Supporting Relationships 
  • Activities Map-making
  • Breathing together
  • Supporting Physical Health
  • Activities Bird-watching
  • Breathing and balance
  • Make your own smoothie recipe
  •  Supporting Self-Expression
  • Warming up the voice
  • Support for when a person seems confused
  • Online blogging
  • Support for end-of-life connections
  • Activities Nature’s music
  • Comfort chants
  • Letters to loved ones
  • Session planning
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Activities Plan
  • Risk Assessment Form etc 

The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for occupational profiling : a practical resource for carers of people with cognitive impairment
The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument has become the framework for activity-based care systems in a variety of health and social care settings for people with cognitive impairments. The Instrument is recommended for daily living skills training and activity planning in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline for Dementia (NICE, 2006). The PAL checklist has also been proved valid and reliable by a recent research study. 
The book continues to include the Instrument itself and the photocopiable activity checklists and plans that help to match users' abilities with activities. An additional second section provides a selection of potential activities together with sources for obtaining them. The author includes guidance for carrying out these activities with individuals of different ability levels as revealed by the PAL Instrument Checklist.

Activities for older people in care homes: a handbookfor successful activity planning
by Sarah Crockett
The author provides useful information on dementia and the importance of activities and how to get to know residents through life story work.
She addresses important practical considerations such as how to assess a resident for suitable activities, activity planning, timetabling, budgeting and money-stretching, as well as more subtle issues such as how to enthuse residents and staff to join in and how to deal with resistance from colleagues.
Offering peer-to-peer advice and encouragement as well as a wealth of practical ideas and suggestions, this is essential reading for all those involved in activity planning, including those with dementia, in care settings.
contents includes :
  • The Importance of Activities and How to Get Started 
  • What Are Activities For? 
  • Getting to Know Your Audience 
  • How to Assess a Resident for Activities 
  • The Value of Timetables
  • Getting People to Join In
  • Recording What You've Done 
  • Using Activity to "Solve Problems" and refers to the book the And music still plays ...
  •  Assessing the Risks 
  • Budgeting and Money Stretching 

A leader’s manual for seniors’ discussion groups
by Lauretta Kaldor

Topics included -technology, advertising, electric car, time capsule of the 1950’s,special moments, multicultural Australia best movies, food tastes, reading for pleasure and more!
:54 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm.

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