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Creative activities to encourage communication.

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Introduction

Carer activity Time for activity Client activity Carer will explain what the client's activity is 5 mins Listen and ask questions if necessary Carer will Prepare Bingo Cards that are divided into 25 squares - 5 across and 5 down 10 mins Clients will talk amongst each other while the carer gets the activity ready In each square carer will write a phrase that could apply to someone in the group. For example: has travelled in another country; likes to play chess; enjoys dancing, etc. 15 mins Clients will wait patiently Carer will collect all the cards and mix them up. She will Give each person a card and have them come together to get a signature from someone who fits the phrase. No one can sign a card a second time until all names are on the card at least once 20 mins When someone has completed a straight line or all spaces on the card, they will call Bingo and the game will end. Carer will collect all the cards and ask her clients if they enjoyed the activity or not. 10 mins Clients will participate in the discussion and comment on the activity Bingo (game) Toilet paper Icebreaker (Reminiscence- game) Carer activity Time for activity Client activity Carer will explain what the client's activity is 5 mins Listen and ask questions if necessary ...read more.

Middle

10 mins Clients will participate in the discussion and comment on the activity Honey if you love me (game) Carer activity Time for activity Client activity Carer will explain what the client's activity is 5 mins Listen and ask questions if necessary The carer will tell her clients to sits in a circle 3/4 mins Clients will sit in a circle Carer will sit down and observe the activity 30 mins "It" will go up to someone in the circle and say "Honey, if you love me please smile". The chosen player will reply without smiling or laughing, "Honey, I love you but I just can't smile." If the chosen player smiles then they will be the new "it", if not "It" will have to try someone else The rest of the group will judge what is a smile and what is not. The client "it" could ask the same person 3 times in a row, and the client can ask anyone, the gender of the players doesn't matter Carer will get everybody together and will then ask her clients if they enjoyed the activity or not. 10 mins Clients will participate in the discussion and comment on the activity Reminiscence activity One of my activities is the Reminiscence activity. ...read more.

Conclusion

I decided that I could combine photos with notes about his or her: � mother and father, sisters and brothers � children � work � places he or she has visited or lived in � favourite holidays � friends � hobbies � favourite food, least favourite food � colours � favourite films, music � likes and dislikes � politics. I also decided that any Photos, post cards, scraps of material from old clothes or bedcovers and other memorabilia could be added to the storybook. I thought that if I were to carry out this activity with the elderlery then it would be a very enjoyable activity for both of us. As an elderlery's illness progresses it will become more important that the memories are all written down and recorded so that others can help the person recall those important times. If the elderlery does have to go into another care home then, this book can be taken and shown to the staff. It will provide them with a very valuable history and background of the person's life, which will help them to get to know him or her. Keep the person involved. Activities don't only pass the time, but also help the person retain important skills and provide enjoyment and social contact. Involve other people as much as possible. This will also help you cope. Don't feel you have to fill every minute of the day! Quiet times are important too -including sleep. ...read more.

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