By Mike Bender
A instruction manual that gives all these operating with aged humans in residential care hospitals and in the group functional details on groupwork with aged contributors.
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4. Ask them to do this for 4 weeks. 5. Keep a check on all activities that take place in your unit that do not take place on a regular basis (parties, barbecues, discos). Make sure someone notes who was invited (which may be everyone) and how many of those who were there actually took part and were involved in the activity. 6. Do this for 4 weeks. 7. Now look at activities that take clients out of your unit, eg. to go to a day centre or on outings. Again note who was invited and who actually went.
Page 36 Whenever possible, both should attend all groups. It is very difficult to get good continuity if one person runs the group on weeks 1 and 3 and the other on weeks 2 and 4. So, choose a person you'd like to work with and whose judgement you trust; make sure both you and they can come to every session. This will usually mean discussing times with the officer-in-charge to sort out rotas. It also may well mean arranging to come in when you'd usually be off. So don't choose a co-worker just because they're on the same shift.
Summary Deciding on group members is a mix between needs of the clients and the skills available. And what we're aiming at is: a wide variety of groups which take place frequently and regularly (so the customer doesn't get disappointed when they don't happen) that use existing skills and do not claim non-existent ones that do not claim too much but do specify what they are trying to do. The various decisions are shown in Diagram I below. In this chapter we hope you've thought about which groups could usefully be run in your unit and for which clients.
Group Work with the Elderly by Mike Bender