This video is a professional development and education resource developed for aged care and dementia care staff and carers as part of a project that recently piloted the Montessori approach in two planned aged care activity groups in Melbourne.
The project was funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home & Community Care Program (HACC) and was led by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Purposeful activities for dementia complements other professional development resources about engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including the Relate Motivate Appreciate toolkit. Purposeful activities for dementia was developed by Alzheimer’s Australia VIC for families and aged care staff.
Purposeful Activities or Dementia offers practical ways that carers – including activity support workers, personal care attendants and other aged care professionals – can work together to engage people living with dementia in purposeful activities at home and in social groups.
In Chapter 3, viewers are encouraged to offer opportunities for purposeful engagement based on the person’s strengths rather than what the person can no longer do. Self-esteem, identity and dignity are supported through activities in which the person is likely to succeed. Simple ways for assessing strengths are suggested under four categories of ability: sensory, motor, cognitive, and social.
View all videos and download the Purposeful Activities Workbook on the Alzheimer’s Australia website: https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/vic/education-and-consulting/purposeful-activities-for-dementia