Activities for Older People in Care Homes

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A superb resource packed full of brilliant, meaningful activities with the more useful and substantial underpinning of how to work within budgets and risk assessments too. Written by and experienced, award winning activity co-ordinator. More information below.

Written by an experienced, award-winning activity co-ordinator, this book presents the basics of Dementia, reasoning behind activities, assessments for selection of appropriate and meaningful activities, the importance of life stories, encouraging participation, recording outcomes, risk analysis, working within budget and more!

Person-centred activities are presented fully outlining required resources, potential risks, with planning and facilitation guidance including cooking, arts/crafts, exercise, gardening, meditation, music, reminiscence, trips etc. 2013.

"Covers everything from crafts to gradening, knitting, exercise games and cooking, and is a pick for any working in a care home who wants adult-oriented activities."
Midwest Book Review

"Through this book, Sarah is able to effectively blend a working practical knowledge of the experience of the person living with dementia and her own creative process. This blend culminates in a practical, creative, hands-on approach to activity coordination."
Robin Willmott MA, B.Sc., RMN, MBACP,
Dementia Education Nurse

"This book is predominantly aimed at those tasked with providing activities to residents in care homes. It aims to give an overview of the importance of activities, how to go about planning and implementing them and gives practical ideas for a range of activity sessions. The book is well-structured, straightforward and easy to read. The comprehensive resources section at the back of the book is extremely useful Whilst aimed at activity providers, this book has resonance for Occupational Therapists who provide or oversee staff providing group activities for older people and would be useful departmental resource, particularly where there are students or new graduates seeking ideas and inspiration."
Maggie Lee, Inpatient Lead OT,
Older People and Healthy Ageing,
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

"The realistic and highly practical emphasis of the book and the way it is written in a very user-friendly style, means that everyone working in residential Care Homes would find this book an invaluable tool for their work... This book could comfortably replace endless shelves of notes on activities and is of course much more portable and compact than file pages... this book is a really excellent tool for every Care Home for Older People and is highly recommended to all those who are building a person-centered approach to dementia care."
Margot Lindsay,
Research Department of Mental Health Sciences

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