Assisted Living

2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

AL-3 - Addressing Distress Through Meaningful Activities for Residents with Dementia

Tuesday, October 9
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
CE: NAB: 1.25 | Nurses 1.25

This session will discuss key principles in incorporating meaning into the activity program for residents living with dementia, which in turn improves quality of life and decreases distress, thereby reducing the need for antipsychotics. As we take away many of the antipsychotics, residents with dementia “come alive” and have a need to interact with their environment and their caregivers. Layering activities, theme bags/stations, Spark of Life, and the Montessori method are four approaches that will be discussed and demonstrated in this session. To engage people living with dementia, we must increase sensory input and create a “yes” environment. These approaches employ specific tools that can allow this to happen. When residents living with dementia experience meaning in their daily interactions with staff and their environment, their distress decreases, staff satisfaction increases, and the overall care environment improves.

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Dusty Linn, LCSW, CDP, AC-BC, CVW, PAC Trainer

Social/Activity/Dementia Consultant & Educator
Dusty Linn Consulting, Inc.

Email Address: dusty.linn@hotmail.com

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