Many people find it challenging to have a meaningful conversation with people with memory loss or other dementia’s, especially if you did not know the person before he/she was diagnosed with a dementia disease.
ElderHealth & Living’s Memory Loss Solutions team has
come up with yet another brilliant idea!
Residents and family members will join the team in wearing personalized name tags to help build relationships. The resident name tag is laminated on lime green paper for best visibility and has the resident’s name and 3 fun facts about them!
The 3 fun facts can include anything from “songwriter” to “roller skating queen” to “long truck driver” or “concert pianist” – mostly, we want these facts to convey how each resident lived and what was most important to them before their memory loss disease.
This new conversation-starting tool has been tested at the Birch Home and has been a great success! The name tags have helped the residents at the Birch Home get to know each other and start conversations – from talking about music to comparing experiences working as loggers or homemakers.
Jackie, the Resident Coordinator of the Birch Home, says the residents love talking around the dinner table now, pointing out things others have in common, reminiscing, and talking about their lives.
We will be rolling this out to all homes at ElderHealth & Living within the next few months.
Liz notes that, “this simple system has been created to improve resident-to-resident connections and staff and visitor connections as well, to build more of a family in each home.”
Starting soon, each family or friend visiting will be asked if they would like to participate by wearing a yellow or orange name tag with their name and their connection to a resident listed. This will not only foster some good ol’ Duck vs Beaver conversations but will also allow staff to get to know families better.
Our staff will also be joining in on the fun!