The Daily Sparkle Resource Pack
A glossy 16 page monthly magazine
A variety of session plans created by activity professionals
A treasure trove of downloadable resources, quizzes and activities
A music CD used in conjunction with the Daily or Weekly Sparkle
Key ways to use the Monthly Resource Pack
1 A stand-alone, stimulating 16 page magazine for residents to read independently, at their leisure, or together with you.
2 A source of immediate, ready to use ideas and prepared activity session plans. These can be used with your residents as part of your long term planning and day to day care.
3 To provide occupational opportunities for both individual residents and in group sessions.
4 To support you in planning and delivering a wide range of stimulating and meaningful activities.
5 To develop from scratch a full and engaging activities programme or to expand and complement an existing programme with fresh ideas.
6 A ready-to-use resource for all care staff to access.
Basically it’s ready to go!
The Sparkles Resource Pack will help you
plan and organise your workload, mimimising the need to spend time developing and researching new ideas
deliver creative and meaningful activity programmes
increase your job satisfaction and continually improve your confidence
become familiar with a range of different activities
offer greater levels of person-centred care by making a wider range of activities available
meet home manager’s objectives and national standards of care
develops stronger social relationships between staff and residents
promote a ‘whole home’ approach that motivates and involves other staff
What to do first
The first thing to do when you get your copy of the Resource Pack is sit down, hopefully with a cup of tea, and read it through.
Start with the magazine and note down any articles that might be of interest to any of your residents.
Then look at the activity cards. To enable you to make decisions on which sessions to run, each activity has a clear introduction, list of requirements - from materials to the ideal environment, a guide to time needed and simple step-by-step instructions.
Remember to plan ahead and prepare well, but remember to stay flexible in your approach. It is always best to have a back-up plan or Plan B.
The Resource Pack always arrives in plenty of time for you to plan ahead and schedule ideas and activities into your programme for the coming month.
Check out the downloads which will give you extra ideas and material for your sessions. The link for them is in the covering letter sent with the Pack.
Don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the wealth of support material that accompanies the Singalong CD. - the lyrics, the quizzes, the spot the tune and mystery voice tracks plus the 'evocative sounds’ tracks linked to the activity cards. The link for them is also in the covering letter sent with the Pack.
Ask residents what they would be interested in doing and respond to their choices and interests. This can be a session in itself.
Having decided on to what deliver, make sure you have the necessary equipment, space, materials and time. Our ideas and guidelines are there for you to use and adapt to your own specific needs, especially as you become more confident and experienced.
Always do a craft activity trial run. That way you will be confident that you can do it, have ironed out any problems, know how long it will take and have an example to show at the start of the session.
Also look at ways you can add to the quality of your sessions. Try and involve relatives, friends, other members of staff and local community resources such as libraries, parks, schools, religious groups and museums.
Preparation is key – check you have everything you need and that the room is ready and comfortable.
At the start greet each resident by name as they arrive and make everyone feel welcome and check they are comfortable. Begin by introducing the activity saying clearly what you are going to do and how you will do it.
Try and provide tactile objects for participants to handle. This will help to involve people on a multi-sensory level and can often help break the ice and get the session started
Above all remember that it’s the taking part, the act of doing, that is the most important outcome, rather than how perfect the end result is. Celebrate this, and recognise the achievements verbally during the session and by displaying work afterwards.
During a session it is really useful to keep a notebook with you and jot down interesting bits and pieces which can help you build up a picture of the success of the session,
as well as capturing information that can be used to update care plans and personal histories of individual residents.
It’s really important to reflect on a session as this allows you to see what works well and what less well. This way you will acquire useful knowledge about what is effective and how individuals respond to particular experiences. Be aware that what might not be successful one day may be perfect the next! .
The Resource Pack includes:
- The 16pg colourful monthly magazine
- The Activity Session Plans
- 10-plus pages of downloadable activity plans and resources
- The monthly CD
- For ONLY £39.00 per month!