Activities with Other People
| Management Strategies
- Talk to the friends and family members who normally participate in these activities with the person you care for. Explain to them the situation, and encourage them to be supportive of the person you care for. For example, have them make encouraging remarks when the person you care for does something correctly. As well, let them know not to take any insults or hurtful remarks from the person you care for seriously.
- Before the person you care for goes to their activity, go over the rules, the names of the other participants and any other important points. This will help to refresh their memory and make them feel more confident.
- If the person you care for no longer wishes to go out to play their activities, it may be because they feel intimidated by the large, public setting. Try finding ways to have the person you care for play their games and activities in a safe, secure and supportive environment. For example, if the person you care for enjoys bingo, set up monthly bingo night with your family at a relative's home. Once they have built up their confidence, then you may want to try taking them back to their usual setting for the activity.
- Remember that the person you care for may be self-conscious or embarrassed of their declining functioning in front of other people. The person you care for may feel more comfortable with their activity, if they have a familiar friend or family member to accompany them. This way they feel confident that they have someone there to support them if they make an error, or forget to do something.
- Respect their right to say "no", since one day they might like an activity but then the next time they may not.
- Activities can make them feel purposeful, try to encourage them to do things such as household activities (e.g. cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening), leisure and sport (e.g. music, table games, reading, crafts), and outings (e.g. shopping, church, library).
- Consider the timing of day, week or season when selecting an activity or outing.