This is a challenging time for the communities in which we all live and work.
We know that routine is important for those living with dementia. With Sydney’s stay at home orders, care partners are forced to replace some daily activities with activities at home. We wanted to share nine (9) tips that Group Homes is sharing with Homemakers and families of our residents.
- Photo Albums: Where are the old photo albums? Sit and look at the album together reminiscing about family, friends, travel and good memories.
- For the love of music: Create a playlist with your family’s favourite music, play the music and listen to the music together, sing together, some of you may even want to dance together
- Boxes of old letters and cards: You may have old birthday cards or saved holiday cards in a shoebox, read them or write cards together for upcoming birthdays.
- Social connection and FaceTime: It is important to create the opportunity for the wider family to see your loved one, so FaceTime or Skype is a great way to interact with family and friends that can’t visit during this time.
- Home Videos: Ask family members and friends to send videos to your phone. At Group Homes Australia, we can share videos with our Homemakers so they can show your family member when you are not around. At home, you may want to set up the videos on a larger screen like your laptop or tv, so that you and your loved one can watch together.
- Get your hands dirty and garden together: Try planting a small plant or seedlings in the garden or pot plant. This can create continual purpose as you and your loved one care for a plant.
- Hand Massage: You may want to use a special hand cream or hand sanitiser and massage your family members hands.
- Go travelling: Coffee table books of places around the world can be a great way to start conversations of places that are important or listen and share stories of your loved ones travels.
- Please try to have some fun: Play a card game, colour in or watch a short movie or YouTube together. It’s important during this time to stay positive and understand that this will pass.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support as we all manage this challenge with dignity.
For Healthcare professionals, check out “Do it Differently” the webinar series hosted by Tamar Krebs, Founder, Group Homes Australia.