At some stages of dementia care recipients crs who are restless and who fidget may need activities that provide distraction and channel those behaviors safely

Try: #purchase small boxes jewelry cases and a deck of cards at discount stores or resale shops buy textured balls through physical therapy catalogs or online and locate fabrics with wild textures at fabric stores #put the dresser in an area the cr frequents for example if the cr spends a lot of time in the living room put the dresser there #reserve the dresser for the cr and fill it with interesting but replaceable objects that the cr can investigate safely senses may be stimulated through the use of specific objects don’t let it matter if the objects get mixed up #maintain the dresser by refilling it as necessary items may end up misplaced or hidden cr’s do not lose or misplace items on purpose so don’t expect the cr with dementia find the missing objects

Materials: An extra dresser or desk with multiple drawers potholders and cloth napkins pillow cases and dish towels coffee table books or magazines with vivid bright pictures small boxes jewelry cases and a deck of cards textured balls or fabrics

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Social, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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