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Activities for Older People

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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