As many of us are aware, client’s families are needing more help to keep their older family members at home, and more importantly engaged in meaningful activities. At present, Diversional Therapy for older clients is mainly provided within residential aged care facilities and day centres. In-home Diversional Therapy is relatively new, and is a client centred practice. The benefits of in-home therapy are many. Firstly, when clients are visited in their own home, their safety factor is increased, and they are comfortable engaging in activities. This is particularly relevant and convenient for clients with dementia, who may not want to leave their home to attend a day centre. Secondly, the activities delivered can tap into the client’s existing interests and hobbies, which may already be undertaken in the home. Thirdly, meaningful activities of daily living, such as food preparation and household tasks, can be incorporated into a Diversional Therapy activities program.
Therapy may include activities such as: