Summertime means fun. Vacation, swimming, barbecues, lake fun, fireworks, family and friends. For our patients who are limited in their “outside experiences” we should make an extra effort to keep them oriented to time of year or season and encourage social experiences and interactions with others…like they would be doing if they were NOT living in this type of facility.
You may even have a patient who has NEVER been a social butterfly and is floundering in their own sadness and self pity, isolating themselves into a severe state of depression. It’s your job to help them “fit in”, to begin following a daily schedule, and to interact with others in this setting. You have spent time building a relationship with your patient. Believe it or not, the activity director has about 149 other residents to keep busy. It’s going to be you or nobody!
Most ladies enjoy either baking something or making something pretty. Most men enjoy eating sweets!
One of the easiest things to mix and bake are the cake mix and soda cupcakes. My patients were AMAZED that they only required TWO ingredients!
Here is the recipe we used: