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Activities for Older People in Care Homes: A Handbook for Successful Activity Planning

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Title: Activities for Older People in Care Homes: A Handbook for Successful Activity Planning

Author: Sarah Crockett

Publisher: Jessica Kinglsey

Reviewer: Anne Olaitan, community matron: South East London

What was it like?

The book is based on the author’s personal account of learning, while trying to create suitable activates for people living in care homes and who have dementia. It includes a focused index, which attempts to provide solutions on how and what can be done, with realistic outcomes. The contents range from the authors personal experiences of how the idea started. It later progresses to offering rational for the particular activities, with reference to the need to understand what is considered to be an activity. The book follows with guidance on how to match actives to a person. There is reference to planning and the organisation of events. Furthermore outlines how to achieve group participation in the sessions. The importance of environment and the effects of distraction are also considered with reference to using actives to problem solve, such as sharing a hobbies. The section on the effectiveness of behavioural charts and relating this back to life histories show how past events can shape a persons beliefs. The reader is advised to consider the balance of risk assessment against an individual’s independence.

What were the highlights? 

A strong point is the acknowledgement of the different stages of dementia, which can affect levels of participation from an individual in latter stages of dementia. A highlight is the author’s encouragement to the reader to consider health and spiritual needs during the planning stages. Further suggestions are provided on how to establish communication and develop social engagement by noting and documenting personal characteristics and outcomes for further sessions. This suggestion is supported with a reference list that adds evidence to the importance of realising the effects of a personal life on the own beliefs and interests.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The chapters are short and concise that helps to illustrate the main points and gives detailed accounts of lesson planning and ideas.

Who should read it?

The book covers the message to remain client centred, which is the basis of all health care workers - yet  this book is more suitable to those new to working within a recreational role and background reading for OT students.

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