Activity Bundles for Professionals
FOR THE PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVER
ACTIVITY BUNDLES + SETS
When we visit at memory care communities we can't help but overhear conversations between residents and their loved ones who are visiting.
They often go something like this:
"How are they treating you here, dad?"
"OK, I guess"
"Did you have a good lunch?"
"It was OK."
"What have been doing to keep yourself busy?"
"Oh, not much."
"Did Judy come to see you?"
"Uh, I think so. Can we go home now?"
Similar conversations play out everyday in care communities everywhere, as well as at home. The truth is, Dad may not remember eating lunch an hour ago. He doesn't know what he has been doing to keep himself busy, and the name sounds familiar, but he is not sure if Judy is his daughter, his wife, or just a friend. A dialog like this can get uncomfortable for everyone involved, and as such communication tends to become less frequent — something to be avoided.
We are not saying that conversation isn't important, but it should not be based on anything that requires memory of recent events, like today's lunch, or yesterday's movie. It is better to keep the conversation in the here-and-now; therein lies one of the powers of activity for people who have lost much of the ability to form memories. A puzzle, for example, can be enjoyed in the moment. It doesn't require that anything be committed to memory. Conversation that results from an activity like this is rooted in the present.
This is the reason that we began to bundle activities. We recommend that every memory care community have a selection of activities available from which visitors can choose when they come to visit. Our totes are ideal for libraries as well, themed and ready for checkout.
Basing a visit on a game or other appropriate activity can is more enjoyable and meaningful for everyone. Library patrons love ativity bundles. They provide a marvelous way to enjoy a rotating selection of appropriate activities. And adult day services all over the country use our bundles as an integral part of the curriculum.