We all want to live enriching lives, and Amana Living helps our residents and clients achieve this, in a way that’s meaningful to them.
Occupational Therapy and Care staff coordinate a range of activities, in addition to implementing the Enrichment Program.
The Enrichment Program
By providing environments in which older people can participate, engage and connect, our Enrichment Program encourages healthy, active living.
The program includes the following award-winning initiatives:
- Project Picasso sees residents and clients living with dementia producing artworks with the help of Amana Living staff and volunteers.
- The Wii World Cup is a virtual tenpin bowling competition open to teams in all care centres, day clubs and retirement villages. Teams compete in Wii bowls, supported by staff as needed, and prizes are awarded in three categories.
- Windows to the World is a net-surfing activity that takes older people on journeys of reminiscence and exploration. Staff assist, following the lead of residents and clients as they roam the virtual world together.
In addition to these projects, Amana Living is employing iPad apps, games, audiovisuals, communications and connectivity. Staff help residents and clients to use the iPads to connect through conversation, sensory activities, or exploration of their original cultures, languages and histories.
Tune into Life is an innovative program designed by Amana Living to help older people with dementia reconnect with loved ones and memories through music. It involves the creation of personalised playlists which are loaded onto iPods and played via earphones to shut out extraneous noise. Music therapy can help improve dementia symptoms and wellbeing according to researchers. Residents and clients who have taken part in Tune into Life are happier and enjoy better relationships with their family, as well as our staff.
The Residents’ and Clients’ Party
Each year, our residents and clients enjoy a truly enriching experience – a huge party for up to 800 guests at a major venue!
For many of our guests, it is the highlight of the year – a chance to dress up, socialise and enjoy a sit-down lunch with live entertainment. Many get up and dance, with help from our staff and volunteers if needed.
Amana Living staff support guests, and staff-volunteers from our Corporate Office make sure the event runs smoothly.
Most importantly, our guests are receiving much more than quality care – they are truly living!
Lifestyle and Leisure Program
The next step has been to look more closely at individual participation and consider customised, site-based programs for those who don’t fully participate in the Enrichment Program.
A Lifestyle Coordinator creates a profile of each resident, with input from families and staff, to give an overall picture of their needs and preferences. These are used to inform individual and group activity planning.
The result is a coherent Lifestyle and Leisure Program, which includes the enrichment initiatives. So far, the most popular activities are music concerts, art, exercise classes – and Bingo! The important aspect of this program is choice.
View some images from enrichment activities here: Enrichment image gallery