Meaningful, Therapeutic & Stimulating Activities
Meaningful, Therapeutic and Stimulating Activities are the foundation of our learning about people, who they are, how to support them to stay well and how to understand their needs. When we think of meaningful activities we tend to think of playing games, social events or craft projects. We imagine things that may take time and effort to do. In fact, the best activities to start with are the ones we do often. It is helpful to look at how we can make our day to day activities meaningful, stimulating and therapeutic. Not everything will tick all of the boxes, but all activities can fit at least one.
When someone is diagnosed with Dementia, there is a tendency to panic and protect. This can threaten a persons identity, autonomy and feelings of self worth. In time, this leads to emotional difficulties and frustration. It is important for everyone to continue to do the things they enjoy doing is as many ways as possible. Through the dementia journey, needs and wants may change and we have to be ready to adapt. It is important to learn and grow with changing needs and continuously learn how best to help someone to stay well in a holistic sense. This applies to a person being cared for and a person doing the caring! Whilst engaging in meaningful activities with a person, we are shown valuable insights into the person we work with, we can start to learn about who they are, what pleases them, how to help them relax and stay in the present as well as closely monitor changes that they may not notice or want to tell us about. Subtle cues and clues can be vital information!
We can develop plans for short term and long term wellbeing simply by learning about the person NOW, not before as the before person has a different set of situations and influences now. When working directly with people experiencing dementia, DemPro practices ’10 Elements of Self Care’ and ‘Proactive Management of Dementia’ in their approach to delivering services to clients. This is a holistic approach developed by Gill Irvine to meet the needs of the person and applied with the aim of understanding the unique requirements of an individual with their short and long term wellbeing in mind. This plan complements any existing plans in place and is a very ‘Common Sense” type of approach.
DemPro delivers activity sessions in a location of your choice (minimum of 2 hours and) and can deliver a range of activities or assist in activities specific to you and your environment.
Activities we can do together but are not limited to are:
• Crafts, games, puzzles
• Afternoon tea
• Attend courses or workshops
• Outings, trips or places
• Plan and shop for weekly menu
• Organise diary and appointments
• Create activity plans
• Goal setting
• Life history work
• Support plans
Proactive Management of Dementia. 10 Elements of Self Care.
• Cognitive stimulation
• Social Interaction
• Time in Nature
• Movement and Exercise
• Whole Foods Plant based Lifestyle
• Spiritual Nourishment
• Health and Hygiene
• Safety and Security