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Making a Wish – Simple Ways to a Fulfilling Life
Make a Wish!
Staff can sometimes be surprised by the simplicity of a 'wish'. I know of a gentleman that asked for a large box of Dairy Milk chocolates so that he could eat one before bed every night. A ritual he had shared with his wife for many years.
Identifying what motivates a person is a real skill. Inviting someone to make a wish can be a useful tool as it is not an intrusive or challenging direct question and can be approached in a light hearted way. A skilled activity leader will build on the responses to stimulate further conversations and set goals like the lady visiting the grave had.
"Not at my age"
I hope that by encouraging carers to gather wishes we can break some of these taboos and support older people to set their sights high. With the guidance of an enabling service every older person should be able to enjoy a fulfilling and satisfying life full of love and laughter.
If you would like to know more about how NAPA can support you go to www.napa-activities.co.uk
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