Pathways to the Past
by Sandra Stimson ADC, CALA, CDP
Executive Director,
Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care
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At Resident Shopping &
More you will find
clothing and more for
your residents.  Also, you
will  find Activity
Department supplies
.
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Novelties features
promotional materials
and gifts for you, your
residents, your facility
and your Department.
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Books.
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FEATURING TONS OF BULLETIN BOARD AND CRAFT SUPPLIES
ABOUT SANDRA

Sandra Stimson has
experience as a corporate
consultant, Corporate Trainer
and National Speaker. Her
experience is in long term
care, as Activity Director,
Director of Alzheimer's Units
and Assistant Administrator of a
550 bed long term care county
home.  She is Co-founder of
Pet Express Pet Therapy Club,
is a Life Replay Specialist.  
Sandra implements dementia
units nationwide.  Sandra has
written several books,
Volunteer Management
Essentials for Long Term Care
and Pet Express Pet Therapy
Program. Sandra has been a
facilitator for Alzheimer's
support groups and is the
Awards Chair for the NJ
Association of Activity
Professionals.  Sandra is the
Executive Director of
National
Council of Certified Dementia
Practitioners
http://www.nccdp.org  

Alternative Solutions in Long
Term Care offers resources for
health care professionals in
many areas of dementia care,
care plans, Snoezelen
products, dementia activity
calendars, adult day care
calendars, sensory calendars,
reminisce videos for dementia,
activity books, and dates to
remember, party supplies,
resources and links.
Each Norman
Rockwell print
is paired with
a national
standards of
Resident Rights and is
illustrated by a picture
depicting the "Resident
Right."
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resident rights prints
Gifts for the Holidays


This is the one question we get asked the most is
“what is an appropriate gift for the holidays”.
We would like to answer this two fold. One is the
recommendations for loved ones living in a facility. The other is gifts you
could give to the care giver, especially if this is an elderly caregiver living at
home alone.

RESIDENTS

For the residents these are some recommendations:
  • Perfume/after shave
  • Powder & hand lotions
  • Make up
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Loose fitting clothes
  • Socks
  • Loose fitting night gowns
  • DVD / CD’s
  • Bird Feeders for outside their room
  • Fake fish tanks for their room or day room.
  • Pictures of families and paintings for the wall.
  • Photo albums with loved ones’ families
  • Build a bear with a recording of the loved ones voice and special
    message
  • Body Pillows
Also, the facility always welcomes donations to the activity department for
fish tanks, pets, videos, music and craft supplies.

CARE GIVERS  

  • For the caregiver these are some recommendations:
  • Don’t ask for them to call you when they need help, they won’t.
  • Grocery shop for them weekly
  • Mow their grass, weed and plant flowers
  • Help with house cleaning and laundry
  • Assist with bills paying
  • Bring a covered dish
  • Call them often
  • Add to prayer list
  • Invite on outings
  • Provide a lift to church
  • Provide respite services for an hour or two for them to get their hair
    done or go to church.

Be a good listener and offer encouragement and support.