Welcome to thought leadership

As we head into the uncertainty and challenges of the weeks to come, we are more dedicated than ever to finding creative ways to spread hope and joy to the residents we serve and the teams we work with each and every day. RehabCare has launched the “Stronger Together” initiative internally to share ideas with one another around ways to engage with our residents, teammates and partners to affect positive change. We want to share these ideas with you in the event that you find any of these helpful as you look for ways to do the same within your communities. We will continue to share fresh ideas in the coming weeks.

Stronger Together

To lift spirits:

Intercom or Hallway Bingo: Have each resident set up in the doorway of their room with their table so they can play bingo with their entire hallway. Intercom bingo is another way to engage residents who can’t leave their rooms.

Telephone Game: Residents can pass verbal or video messages to each other via a CNA or therapist

Therapy Dog: Take therapy dog around the outside of the facility so residents may see / interact through the window.

Limit 24/7 news coverage: With consent, change the channel on our resident’s televisions to the history channel, a game show, national geographic or an appropriate movie. The 24 hour news broadcasts about the coronavirus pandemic increases anxiety and fear among residents. 

To connect with others:

Encourage FaceTime or video chats with loved ones: Our team at RehabCare has established guidelines for using FaceTime via company issued iPads to allow patients to make and receive video calls from friends and family members.

Seniors Writing Seniors: Engage with a local high school and ask their seniors to write to the residents in the facility with words of encouragement. In return, residents can respond with positive messages as students feel a sense of loss for things like prom, graduation ceremony, etc.

To facilitate outcomes:

Utilize FaceTime: Utilize video chat capabilities like FaceTime to conduct therapy home visits or provide caregiver education of home exercise programming.

Memory Books: Have families send in photos so they can be placed in a memory book along with some facts so residents can look at them throughout the day. This is particularly helpful for residents with dementia as they spend longer stretches of time away from family and loved ones.

Make a ‘simple’ HEP: Leave a home exercise plan in every resident room if they are not able to leave their room. If possible, staff may be able to read and participate with them.

By RehabCare