With a key theme for every week of the year, this resource contains extended multi-sensory reminiscence group session plans for older adults.
Written by experienced occupational therapists, it provides detailed session plans for running successful and therapeutically-valuable activities within group sessions, from remembering school days to celebrating the natural wonders of the British Isles. Each plan has been developed to be suitable for people with a variety of abilities, including for those with dementia, and help to support memory, sensory function, confidence, communication, connection, as well as overall physical and emotional wellbeing.
These group session plans are taken from Sophie Jopling and Sarah Mousley’s new resource, The Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Activity Book: 52 Weekly Group Session Plans for Working with Older Adults.
Sophie Jopling and Sarah Mousley are State Registered Occupational Therapists and together they run their own independent OT business, Kent Occupational Therapy.
Outlining the enhancing dementia care programme developed by the editors, this book looks at the activities trialed within care homes and gives evidence of their success.
The activities presented in this book have been designed to provide meaningful engagement for residents, while respecting each individual resident’s readiness to engage and participate. This approach to person-centred care has proven to be extremely effective: activities such as Namaste Care and Memory Cafés have engaged residents who had previously not responded to interventions, demonstrably showing an increase in their levels of well-being.
In this extract, Memory Cafés Educating and Involving Residents, Relatives and Friends, Jason Corrigan-Charlesworth explores the benefits and the areas to consider when looking at developing the role of a Memory Café as part of the care home environment.
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We caught up with Gary Mitchell on the publication of his important new resource for dementia care professionals – Doll Therapy in Dementia Care.
What motivated you to write the book – Doll Therapy in Dementia Care?
I qualified as a nurse in 2010 and my first post was in a dementia care unit in Northern Ireland. When I began working on the unit I quickly saw the benefits of person-centred care and non-pharmacological interventions. One particular intervention that was regularly taking place on the unit was ‘doll therapy’. Initially it was an intervention that I wholeheartedly rejected because I felt it perpetuated stigma that can be associated with dementia. I felt like playing with dolls would undermine the person-hood of the individuals living with dementia I was nursing. After some time I began to see some very positive outcomes in some of our residents’ quality of life who engaged with doll therapy. On reviewing the evidence in 2010, I found that there wasn’t really that much out there. Over the past number of years I have closely studied doll therapy in dementia care through my practice and academia. My opinions on doll therapy, informed by evidence and practice, are starkly different. In short, doll therapy can enhance the quality of life for some people who live with dementia. This was the sole reason for writing this book – to share the evidence and practice about doll therapy so as people living with dementia who will benefit from it can be enabled to do so. Continue reading