The benefits of meaningful activity in a high dependency nursing home

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Anyone who runs a high dependency nursing home will understand that for some years I have struggled to provide meaningful activity for the residents. One spring, the problem was solved magically by the arrival of two ducks, named Donald and Daisy (named by the residents) who flew in, nested, and produced eleven tiny, fluffy ducklings in due course. This timely event had a wonderful effect on everyone – first thing in the morning, when we would go into our residents to give them care the first question was always “Can you see the ducks – where are they to-day?” We have a small pond in our garden and so the proud parents had a safe pool to teach their little ones how to get in and out of the water. Anyone who has watched a mother duck trailing her young will understand the effect of this on our residents. They watched this little family on every expedition and in the dining room at mealtimes they were often the main topic of conversation. Our need for meaningful activity was well and truly met during these few

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