Focusing on the
Residents' strengths and abilities, the Forget Me Not program was developed
to provide supervision and diversion for residents who have dementia
with challenging behaviours.
Service Workers trained in dementia care work during the afternoon and
evening customizing activities to address residents' interests. Meaningful,
pleasurable activities include 1:1 time, supervised ambulation, group
baking, painting, crafts, games and music. They consider the residents'
past talents like gardening and knitting and offer them opportunities
throughout the home's property.
As part of the duty,
supervising staff set program goals and develop appropriate interventions.
Successes are reported
to the quality improvement committee and result in less anxiety, agitation
or depression, the promotion of independence, safe accompanied mobility,
fall prevention, least restraint and most importantly resident smiles
The program is flexible
and directed to meet specific resident needs. It is evaluated at 3 months
and as needed.
The other nursing
home residents benefit from receiving more individual care when the
Forget Me Not staff help to manage care for the dementia residents.
Residents are referred
to the Forget Me Not program with criteria set out to determine if the
resident will enjoy it.