LICENSED RECREATIONAL THERAPISTS JOIN FIELDS

ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENTS

 

     Our seven-day-a-week activities programs have been popular for years and form the core of the Therapeutic Community. Maxwell Jones wrote the book by that name and Dr. Hopkins adapted its principles and others to the life style of assisted living communities where dementia is prevalent.

    The therapeutic community counters the effects of an asylum, the archaic approach to “warehousing” people whose mental illnesses were not well understood and consequently not well-treated.

     People with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias were segregated and isolated in their living arrangements not so long ago. 

     The Fields opened with the philosophy that Alzheimer’s, while a known degenerative and eventually fatal disease, was not beyond “treatment” when the goals of treatment were understood. 

     We cannot cure Alzheimer’s. 

     We absolutely can modify the course of the illnesses, dramatically improve the quality of life for residents and families, and slow down the rate of complications from other medical problems.

     To these ends, join me in welcoming Salina Clarke-Folger and Matthew Jeralds, Certified Recreational Therapists, to the activities departments.

     Their UNH training is based in rehabilitation therapy, philosophy and practice.

We modified their approaches so that successful outcomes are defined in our terms. They introduced more structured assessments of new residents, continuous monitoring of residents’ responses to activities and identifying specific strengths and weaknesses in the stages of dementia for individuals that we can target for therapeutic activities.

 

     Please say hello to them when you’re visiting and feel free to get involved with our activities. If you have ideas for individual or group activities you’d like to see us add to the core programming, please let us know. 

 

                                                                   

           
 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

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