Activities for Older People

Overview

This course is aimed at carers in care homes who look after elderly people with varying degrees of physical and mental health as well as varying abilities.

Aims & Objectives:

By the end of the course care staff should have a greater understanding of:

  • Why they should get to know those they care for (their past, their families, hobbies, likes and dislikes, their personality etc).
  • How they have coped with loss in older age i.e. loss of a spouse, child, loss of health, home etc.
  • Seeing the person as they were and not just as they see them now.
  • Clients needs.
  • The need for meaningful stimuli.
  • What stimulating activities are?
  • Who provides those activities?
  • How activities can impact on the well being of those they look after.
  • How provision of activities can not only enhance the client's lives but make their role more rewarding.

Course Outline:

  • Loss in older age
  • Getting to know you
  • Activities - why bother!
  • Physical, psychological and social benefits of activities
  • Activities and the role of staff within the care home
  • Role of the activity organisers/co-ordinator
  • Roles of the Managers and Home Owner
  • Activities of daily living - primary activities
  • Instrumental activities of daily living
  • Communication - verbal, non verbal, written, body language, facial expressions and listening.
  • How various conditions could impact on the type of activity provided i.e. dementia, strokes etc
  • Intergenerational and community involvement
  • Alphabet activities - Practical activity
  • Rummage boxes etc
  • Instant activities
  • 101 things to do
  • Storey boards - group work
  • Lets make lives enjoyable again!
  • PowerPoint
  • Discussion
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Role play

Intended For:

This course is intended for carers who look after elderly people with varying degrees of physical and mental health as well as varying abilities.

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