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That�s a great question. I did activities for all 125 residents. Alzheimer�s patents were my favorite resident to spend time with. My activity department was open with the typical nursing home activities you know bingo social club arts and crafts. The one on one activity is what set us aside form other programs. We had one staff person that went room to room all day long every day for those that would not come out. I never got a state deficiency in my ten years and was very proud of that. My mom also has Alzheimer�s and when my sister day cared her it almost killed her. She also was not social before and wouldn�t eat there. I do not day care her now. Activities have to be geared to that individual person with Alzheimer�s. Each on is different as their interest are. Mom and I are looking into a lift van this summer we want to take more trips to the park and the zoo. I am tired of pulling the wheelchair in and out with every stop. We need to make taking a trip easier that is her favorite thing to do. She loves to go out to eat. Go to her brother homes and to the wall mart. She likes old musicals and church music. She was not one for games much .She was a hard worker all her life and like me that is what make her happy. I will put her up to the table and put some clean clothing from the dryer in front of her. She will not really be able to fold them but she will work with them for a while. I will put some mail in from of her and she will start to fumble through it and start talking. She will water my flowers with some help. And she loves to sit outside on the patio. When she could stand longer I would let her dust use the swifter. I would put plastic dishes in the sink and she would wash the dishes for 30 min. she love it. It made her feel good about herself. I will also at times let her do the mixing when I am cooking.She will smile and just come alive. She use to sew and I will give her fabric to mess with. My Mom hallucinates at lot. I do not know why and her Alzheimer is very advanced. The one thing that will bring her out is music she loves to sing. She just does not sing she still carries the harmony part. She also like to dance she was a dancer and we will waltz together or wheelchair dance she likes that too. She also will use some hand instruments while the music is playing. Be creative to what she likes to do. So many elderly people are bored to death this is where I talk of quality of life. They need stimulation they need the sunlight just as we do. If I had my way I would have an activity person come twice a week just to play with her. Oh that�s right that is what my grandson does for her. When he is here she will not take her eyes off him. She will laugh at what he does and get upset with me when he gets into trouble. One day he got into real trouble and was throwing a fit on the couch. She started giving me what for because he was crying. Of course her words were not right but the tone was. I started to laugh at this circumstance when I saw how involved she was. I had forgotten that one of my Alzheimer�s activities was when I had the school children in for visits. I hope this helps.


[This message has been edited by melinda (edited 03-12-2007).]
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