The sound and movement of people socializing can make family gatherings overwhelming at times for care recipients crs who are easily confused

Try: #when planning a family gathering make sure the needs of a cr for comfort and quiet can be met if large group activities become too much designate a quiet area if the family tends to sit in a big circle set aside a comfortable space with easy access to a bathroom #crs who are easily startled may be happiest seated with their backs to the wall with seating nearby for easy conversation with another person #if family members want to do an activity that creates a lot of noise offering the cr use of a different room might be appropriate try to arrange a quieter activity for the cr and another person or two in the other room so the cr is not isolated #encourage younger family members to ask questions about the cr’s life for example grandpa what was your favorite christmas present even if the cr can’t answer the questions might lead to discussion among the cr’s family members whose memories will keep the cr’s stories alive

Materials: Family communication pre-planning

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Social, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, 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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