submitted by Daphne of Gem Health
Statement of Purpose: To elicit positive emotions in residents, especially those with dementia. To foster communication with residents by providing a focal point for discussion.
Program Goals: Residents participating in the program will:
1. demonstrate positive emotions by smiling or laughing in response to pictures presented to them.
2. interact with programmer and/or others in the group in an appropriate fashion, by talking about the picture, pointing at the picture or responding verbally to the picture.
This program is appropriate for residents who will interact with programmer and/or other residents in a one-to-one or small group setting.
This program is not suitable for residents who do not respond to the pictures, who are not able to attend to the pictures, or who damage the pictures; i.e. put pictures in their mouths, tear pictures, etc.
Loss of interest or of ability to respond to pictures.
Large pictures or photographs of babies, baby animals, flowers, birds, wild animals, etc. Protective sleeves in which to place pictures. Hand sanitizer to use before handling pictures.
Staff and or volunteers will sit with residents in a one-to-one or small group setting. Staff will begin by asking resident if they would like to look at some pictures, or asking “May I show you some pictures?” Staff will present pictures one at a time and watch resident's response to each picture. If resident responds positively to picture, staff will make comments about the picture, such as: “Isn't that cute?; Look at this cute baby”, etc. Staff will watch the reaction of the resident and continue looking at/talking about the picture as long as resident is attending and exhibiting positive emotions (smiling, laughing, commenting on picture). Staff will continue to present pictures one at a time for as long as resident shows an interest in the pictures. Staff will make note of which types of pictures elicit responses from which residents, so that the program can be modified for each resident.
Expected Program Outcomes:
Residents will exhibit positive emotions, laughter and appropriate comments in response to pictures of animals, babies, food, etc. Residents will interact with staff and other residents in response to the pictures.