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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why Validation Therapy Works for Those with Dementia

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Emotions are one of the last things to be lost in a person with dementia. Although not all aspects of validation therapy work for a person with dementia, understanding the concept of it is useful to the dementia caregiver. Some parts of validation therapy work for most people with dementia. You, as a caregiver, must discover what portions are effective for the person you are taking care of.
Dementia, a brain condition, is characterized by a group of symptoms that cause changes in the functioning of the brain. The changes have to do with thinking, perception and learning. These changes affect decision making, judgment, memory, spatial orientation, thinking, reasoning, and communication

This condition interferes with daily life because of the seriousness of the changes in the brain of a person with dementia.. Behavior and personality problems most often occur. As we age, the likelihood of developing dementia increases. Validation therapy helps control problem behavior.
Time for a person with dementia can be....read all of Why Validation Therapy Works for Those with Dementia

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sensory Activity Ideas

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In order to decide which sensory activity is best, you should observe the people individually, look at each for their strengths, likes/dislikes.

For tasting why not try flavored lip gloss. Even NPO(Nothing by mouth) people are allowed this most of the time. They have soda flavors, fruit flavors, and others. Citrus is supposed to be very stimulating and helps to wake people up.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

How Chaplains Help Nursing Home Residents

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Nursing homes should have a chaplain who is knowledgeable in counseling for the elderly population. Quite a few folks that live in these places suffer from grief, frustrations, and pain. Nursing home chaplains can help people needing help in these areas. The chaplain can establish a dialog between the local churches and the residents at a nursing home.

A variety of religious practices can be enhanced with the help of a chaplain.

First the chaplain can meet with the resident's one on one to visit, counsel and comfort each resident in immediate need.

The chaplain can facilitate monthly religious services for all denominations of residents living there. Most elderly folks feel that religion is extremely important. Some folks are set in their ways and want to attend the traditional services of their faith. Others believe that there is one God so attending all types is desirable to them. Many are eager to learn about faiths and religious practices other than their own.

Local churches may have volunteers who are willing to conduct services traditional in nature that last thirty or forty-five minutes.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why you Should Recognize Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is in April.. This is an ideal time to honor your volunteers in some way This week is about recognizing those individuals who have engaged in their community. It's about showing the nation that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but.....read all about volunteers 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

How Can You Use Person Centered Activities

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 Person centered activities take into account the whole person. You should consider everything from persons' interests, backgrounds, likes, past family dynamics, limitations, special behaviors, and cultures.

Involve family, friends, staff caregivers and, of course the person in question in this process. Sometimes careful observation can give you clues as to what a person's preferences are. Sometimes things change from day to day.

Your workforce should be a unit of highly creative caring individuals. with unique characteristics such as: creative, quick thinking, adaptive and modification skills, exceptionally positive attitude, enthusiastic, flexible, self esteem boosting, intuitive, and extremely patient. These are sometimes difficult attributes to maintain but this kind of staff or caregivers can best provide person centered care.

Your staff or caregiver should be able to take ordinary activities and turn them into extraordinary events. Again this is not easy to accomplish but qualified staff members are able to do this.

Examples of this might be a ball game where use of a wide variety of balls with many special qualities that certain individuals that are part of the group may especially enjoy. Some people like soft balls. Some like balls with easy to catch adaptations. Some smile when they see highly colored balls.

Balls and other sensory items can be used for unique purposes such as: grounding a low functioning resident

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Improve Communication For Dementia Victims With Storytelling

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A University of Missouri study has found that creative storytelling improves communication skills and has a positive affect on people with dementia.
Lorraine Phillips, John A. Hartford of the Sinclair School of Nursing, found that participation in TimeSlips, a drug-free, creative storytelling intervention, improved facilitated positive emotions in persons with dementia.
TimeSlips is a nationally recognized storytelling program for people with dementia that encourages participants to use their imaginations to create short stories as a group.
Rather than relying on factual recall, participants respond verbally to humorous images presented by facilitators who record the responses and read narratives to further develop or end the stories.
"TimeSlips provides rich, engaging opportunities for persons with dementia to interact with others while exercising their individual strengths," said Phillips.
"It encourages participants to be actively involved and to experience moments of recognition, creation and celebration. Meaningful activities, such as TimeSlips, promote positive social environments that are central to person-centered care," he said.
The storytelling program is an easy and affordable activity for long-term care facilities to implement and allows caregivers to interact with multiple residents at a time, Phillips said.
"TimeSlips offers a stimulating alternative to typical activities in long-term care facilities. It is an effective and simple option for care providers, especially those who lack resources or skills required for art, music or other creative interventions," said Phillips.
The study has been published in the journal Nursing Research. (ANI)