TV in dementia unit - page 2

I work in a retirement home on a locked unit. The activities department is mediocre to say the least, and a lot of our residents spend a great deal of time each day sitting in their rooms or in the... Read More

  1. by   lovingtheunloved
    Just me, but I would have flipped that administrator a good old fashioned bird and suggested that if he doesn't like the tv on, to come entertain the residents himself. The activities staff where I work are completely useless, so I feel your pain.
  2. by   adrienurse
    Last edit by adrienurse on Sep 17, '08
  3. by   Dixiecup
    Had a man on our unit who before his mind got bad, spent a lot of times walking the highway and picking up cans for extra money. He loved it.

    We had a big fenced in area behind our unit and we would spread a bunch of old soda cans all over the yard, give him a bag and he would go pick them up.

    Some people thought that was awful but the guy absolutely loved it!
  4. by   nckdl
    On our unit, we have tv and the "higherups" complained that our residents are always sitting around watching a movie and it's a shame. Well they came down to the unit, the same time each nite when its time for the movies. Duh!!!! I explained that the residents request movies and even discuss among each other during supper on what movie to watch that nite. Just because they have dementia, doesn't mean they still don't have resident's rights. During meal times we do shut off the movie/tv and play music as to help "set the mood" for meals. Our unit is definetly not a quiet unit. If they get too wound up or anxious, a walk or a van ride is in order to get them feeling better.