Hanukkah starts this evening, and Christmas decorations are making their appearance, so let the holidays begin! This season brings fun opportunities to encourage your patients to get up and move! Try playing some holiday music on your unit and ask patients to dance, clap and march (while sitting or standing) to the upbeat tunes (think “Jingle Bell Rock”) and sing along. These songs can bring back happy memories for your patients with dementia. They can also spark conversations about their family traditions and childhoods, which you can have while performing function focused care with them as they participate in getting dressed, washing, brushing teeth and getting out of bed and into a chair for meals.
Share your ideas with us about how you incorporate the holidays into your unit and patient care!
Have a great week!