parties and holiday celebrations thatinclude live music. Families and friendsare always welcome.
Volunteers and families make a hugedifference in residents’ lives.
“Volunteers who come in and
host activities provide diversity and
personalization,” Sapergia says. She
encourages family and community
involvement. “It can be a group activity
or one-on-one—reading the newspaper,
playing a game, doing their nails.”
Families can also help by telling staff
which activities their loved one enjoys.
“Sometimes it may be hard for the
resident to communicate or remember,”
says Taylor. Relatives and friends can fill
in gaps and bring in items that would be
therapeutic for their loved ones, such as
photos, videos and memorabilia.
“Social activities give residents aconnection to their past life, allow themto reminisce and create new positivememories,” Jakubec says. Successfullymoving to a continuing care homehinges on positive relationships, oldand new.
The social side of care goes far beyondrecreation programming. It includesevery interaction at a care home. ”Everystaff member that has direct contactwith a resident can make small momentsof human connection that matter,”Taylor says. |a