What’s Happening at GERATEC? June 2018

This month’s theme is Innovation! A few words from Rayne… I often wonder what it means when people say, “I want to reinvent myself”. Change your DNA? Get a new personality? Maybe have an extreme makeover? And is it even humanly possible – to reinvent oneself? Somehow, I’m not so sure. We’re physiologically hardwired in […]

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Senile squalor syndrome: more common than you think

  Humans have the ability to bestow meaning onto material objects. For most of us, our entire home is filled with sentimental objects and the process of down scaling when moving into a care home, can be very stressful and traumatic.   Senile squalor syndrome also known as Diogenes syndrome, however, is a form of cognitive […]

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Doll therapy – instinctive nurturing

Sue Paul, an Occupational Therapist from the USA, giving examples of how therapy dolls can support individuals living with dementia to engage in functional activities and assist with challenging behaviour.  Beautiful stories of how doll therapy are used successfully.  http://www.soundoptions.com/blog/instinctive-nurturing-therapy-dolls-dementia

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The Good, The Bad, The Over-scheduled

There seems to be an expectations that residents in care homes, should be entertained all day, every day and a lot of effort is put into event/activity calendars.    This blog looks at 5 characteristics of an ‘event’ vs. solitary activities. Both are important in a care home environment and special care should be taken […]

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