June – Know Your Resident

We love our residents that's why June is ❤️Know Your Resident❤️ month!

We put together some resources on different ways to engage with residents and seniors, how to keep your residents active and involved and how to know if someone you care for has undergone changes that may alter how you provide care.

We recognize the special relationships that are made in continuing care communities and we want to hear about and celebrate them!

Maybe you have a weekly coffee with a special someone, or maybe a resident has gone out of their way to show you how much you mean to them!  We want to celebrate these bonds that are created from trust and remind everyone why we work in this amazing field called continuing care!

Who are your residents?

The relationship between seniors and caregivers is a unique one; it relies on mutual trust and respect. It is not simply about providing assistance, but about building relationships.

The Legacy Project has created “fill-in-the-blanks” life story sheets to help you get to know more about the residents you care for and help them tell and share their stories with caregivers and loved ones. 

StoryTelling Toronto provides an online storytelling resource guide to aid in collecting the stories of senior adults.

How is your resident feeling?

As resident’s needs and states can change day to day or even hour to hour, asking questions to determine how your resident feels at the time they need your assistance is important to not only the safety of the caregiver but also the resident. Remember there is a significant correlation between caregiver safety and resident safety.  When preparing to help your residents with mobility, remember the acronym S.A.F.E. – Scan, Adjust, Follow-Through, and Evaluate!

Consider these questions when assessing your resident’s state or abilities:

– Was my resident happy to see me? Or did they tell me to go away?
– How is my resident feeling right now?
– Does my resident verbalize pain or are there non-verbal cues my resident is in pain (moaning, crying, constant shifting, grimaces, winces, clenched jaw or clenched grip on an object)?
– Is my resident able to assist like they did yesterday or earlier?
– Is my resident cooperating with following instructions?
– oes my resident seem confused about what I am asking?
– Is my resident being resistive (pushing back against the caregiver, trying to grab the caregiver’s hands)?
– Is my resident verbalizing?
– Is my resident self-talking (mumbling or talking to things not present)?
– Is my resident hallucinating or seeing things that are not there?
– Is my resident pacing or otherwise occupied in any stemming activities (rocking, hand twirling, hand waving)?

How to engage your residents?

Here are some resources to help your residents keep on their toes with activities for mind and body!

New!! Have you taken your residents on an outing lately? Have you heard of Peaceful Valley Day Lodge? “Peaceful Valley Provincial Recreation Area and Day Lodge provides opportunities for organizations who serve the elderly disabled and terminally ill in Central Alberta to provide day trips for clients to a beautiful, serene location for day trips.  Visitors are immersed in nature and can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Battle River valley, multiple outdoor recreation options or simply relax in the comfort of the craftsmen style lodge.”

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