Care recipient (cr) with short attention span has trouble staying at the table just before a meal and if caregiver gets up briefly during the meal

Try: #buy a few uncomplicated large-piece puzzles for the cr to work on #clear a place on the table for the tray or puzzle mat and let the cr pick a puzzle #set up the puzzle so the cr can work on it comfortably at the table preferably with the caregiver in view #give verbal reminders and encouragement while the cr works on the puzzle #occasionally help with the puzzle if that helps the cr stay encouraged and interested in it #talk about the puzzle puzzle’s picture with the cr #bring the puzzle to the cr cr’s side before and during meals and encourage him or her to work on it while you or another caregiver are away from the table for a few minutes #the puzzle will move out of the way easily if you keep it on a tray or a puzzle mat designed to roll up between sessions look for puzzle mats in general merchandise stores and online

Materials: Variety of puzzles with large pieces foam or cardboard puzzle mat that rolls up or tray with low edges

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Personal, Social, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Vision, Good Vision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory

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

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