"When we were growing up, dad grew flowers for the Easter show and my job was to count every petal on the smaller buds. He used to grow snow peas too, all along the side of the house. They grew all the way up to the roof!”
Who provides Creative Care in Aged Care?
One of the care strategies in residential aged care is to implement recreational activities to promote better quality of life and social engagement. Participating in these activities on an everyday basis can be utilized as part of a non-pharmacological treatment strategy to alleviate BPSD, as well as satisfy the basic human need for meaningful involvement in activities. These activities are carried out by Activity coordinators.
An Australian Study, by IP Demecs in 2015, found that many activity coordinators found that dementia itself can be a barrier to the implementation of activities. Only a few activity coordinators stated that creative activities should be used to overcome these barriers. Typically activity coordinators did not use creative activities for managing BPSD; they had other strategies such as one-to-one activity, redirection and alternative therapies such as massage to involve people with dementia in activities and improve apathy and withdrawn behaviour.