Spiritual support for people with dementia in nursing homes and other care facilities is vital to their well-being and a requisite for the holistic care we strive to achieve. Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources pinterest.com/sostherapy/.
The sensory functions of elders decline as they grow older and this can impact on their feelings of well-being. Multi-sensory stimulation is becoming increasingly popular in nursing homes based on impressive results. Sensory activities contribute to the emotional and physical health of people living with dementia. Sensory activities can be non-verbal; thereby crossing cultural boundaries.
Calling it a form of chemical restraint, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and advocates for the elderly Tuesday blasted the practice of prescribing antipsychotic drugs for dementia patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. "It is a form of elder abuse. It's chemical restraint -- no less pernicious and insidious than physical restraint of patients -- and it should be stopped,"
Socks of Love! Fill one sock with necessities (toothbrush, soap...)- put the other sock in too and donate socks of love to homeless shelters and such! SOCKS OF LOVE - - This would be a good idea for Cub Scouts, school kids, or Sunday School classes to give to the veterans, homeless shelters, or nursing homes
Jesus Candy Cane Poem | A Great Gift for the Elderly: Spread the joy of Christmas by giving a basket full of candy canes. Attach the Jesus Candy Cane Poem to each one. Assisted living centers and nursing homes can be lonely places for the people who live there. Gifts like this one that can be shared with others work their magic in a different way. Not only is the person happy to receive the gift, but the giver also gets happier and happier each time they share the gift with someone else!
Make Microwavable Heating Pads - to give to every member in an assisted living home. This is community service--make it a Take Action project by a) creating a "how to" handout and giving copies to volunteer organizations that help the elderly; b) doing a community assessment to find other organizations that could use donations (faith-based orgs with a ministry for seniors, hospitals, clinics, etc) or c) creating a new group of volunteers who commit to making these year-round.