Inclusive activity for all residents
Safely provides benefits of therapeutic motion reducing anxiety, restlessness, and agitation
Rocking motion is soothing, relaxing, and comforting … releasing memories of days-gone-by
Swinging together with staff, family and friends of all ages provides socialization, promotes relationships … improves quality of life of residents
Swing locations: one for Cottonwood, one for Maple and one for Evergreen (patio) = three (3) swings
Cost: each Swing is $9,000; three Swings = $27,000
Excerpt from Winkler Morden Voice – August 31, 2017 (page 5)
New swing set brings joy to Salem residents
By Ashleigh Viveiros
With a cup of coffee, a muffin, and a game of Skip-Bo in front of her, Lena Zacharias swung the morning away last Thursday.
The Salem Home resident was joined by her daughter, Helen Friesen, on the personal care home’s new WhisperGLIDE wheelchair accessible swing.
“It’s very fine,” Zacharias said in Low German, noting she finds the swing quite calming.
Friesen, who works at Salem as a therapeutic recreation attendant, said residents have been having a blast on the swing set since it was installed in the central courtyard a few weeks ago “They love it. It’s very soothing,” she said. “It’s one-to-one visits … very nice and relaxing. Good interaction too, away from all the distraction.”
The swing has indeed proven to be quite therapeutic for many residents, noted Marilyn Nelson, Salem’s director of resident care services.
“It does promote relaxation and it also helps them to help stimulate memories that are locked inside,” she said. “And swinging is such a peaceful activity. Many of our residents live with dementia, and so anything that will decrease agitation for them and give them some moments of calm is always a wonderful resource for us to have.”
It’s a resource in high-demand. On some busy visitation days there’s a lineup of residents and loved ones waiting for their time on the swing.
“That’s lovely … [it] makes us understand the need as to why we’d like to have more of these,” Nelson said, explaining they hope to raise funds to purchase three more of the $9,000 units to install on patios throughout the facility.
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