Client and Family Testimonials about the Hummingbird Therapeutic Activity Program
Over the course of almost two years, one activity specialist met with a client weekly for two hours to write a memoir about his service in WWII. Along with writing a memoir, this activity specialist engaged the client’s love of music, dance, and researching family heritage. The family shared this message following an activity session:
“Looks like everyone is enjoying their time together! My Dad looks so happy….thank you all for taking such good care of him :)”
With the help of a Sage Activity Specialist, one client has reinvested in her personal passion for the arts and entertainment through intellectual stimulation specifically targeted to her interests. This client and her activity specialist meet regularly to enjoy alcohol-free cocktails by the fireplace while exploring current San Francisco Bay Area culture, events, and the client’s favorite poets. The client’s family shared the following gratitude after reading an activity session report,
“It appears that you two have hit a home run! The client herself said, Thank you for the energy you bring to me every week—we have fun together!”
Another activity specialist brings unique programming to a couple living with dementia; the focus is on engaging their individual strengths, fostering connection between the couple, and mentoring the care providers on new ways to engage the couple’s interests in music, movies, culture, food, and outings. In turn, the clients’ family feels they have benefited from reading about the activity specialist’s interventions, specifically regarding their Mother’s participation in preparing healthy snacks to enjoy during an arm chair travel session,
“I’m really happy with the activity specialist’s help!! We have my parents over for dinner on Thursday nights and, last night, we had my Mom help with some basic food preparation, which I could tell she enjoyed. We got the idea from these reports on the Activity Specialist sessions and what she is doing with my Mom. I really look forward to reading these summaries each week!”
One client meets weekly with an activity specialist to play intellectually stimulating games, participate in creative expression exercises (including Touch Drawing, mandala art, and more) and engage in “armchair” travel sessions, including visits to Paris, Greece, and Thailand. These sessions provide this client living in a skilled nursing community an opportunity to experience joy and connection beyond the walls of her facility. After completing a project focused on fostering gratitude for the client’s inherent beauty, the client stated to the activity specialist,
“You taught me how to enjoy life again—thank you.”
Before meeting this client, our activity specialist had been told that she was living with dementia and more often than not, presented an aggressive behavior. As our activity specialist walked through the room for their first encounter, the client warmly greeted her and was elated that they shared a common heritage. The client took pleasure in showing her beautiful home and shared stories from when she was young. She welcomed our activity specialist back to her home with open arms and from that day on a special bond was created. When our activity specialist arrives to the client’s home now, she immediately recognizes her and enjoys catching up on the past week’s events.
“I am over-the-top thrilled with these reports and progresses! As I so vehemently defended her right to a better life to her doctors in early December when they really wanted to write her off. She is reacting exactly as I hoped she would, given the encouragement she needed!!! I literally could do a dance!!!!!”
To learn more please contact The Hummingbird ProjectSM at (650) 777-7607 or Hummingbird@SageEldercare.com.