There is no shortage of those in adult day care who prefer just to be left alone. Some would prefer to use the day for naps. The late Oscar Edwards pictured here preferred to spend his time occupying his own mind and was offended if you tried to interrupt his routines.
For others the approach is different. While they may not be super-responsive in group settings they will respond and participate in horticultural activities and more when you assign them a buddy. The buddy system can promote togetherness, a sense of company, and avoid discomfort with those who prefer to avoid the crowd approach.
In addition such a system can help people feel as though they have made new friends and depending upon cognition levels might make participating in adult day care something they look forward to.
Of course you have to avoid pushing anyone outside of their comfort zone and you have to ensure there is behavioral compatibility among those you pair up. Yet when done properly you end up stimulating people and the rewards are huge.
More is discussed in the new hire, in-service and continuing education course entitled: Meaningful Activity Management in Adult Day Care Programs available at www.adultdaycaretraining.com or www.directcaretraining.com.
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