Long-Term Care

Trainer's tip: Promoting exercise and activities

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, March 26, 2009

CNAs can encourage residents to participate in activities and exercise in the following ways:

  • Tell them about some of the many emotional and mental benefits of socializing and activity.
  • Emphasize that they can choose the activities they like and that they may stop performing an activity or quit participating in a social event whenever they wish.
  • Find out what the resident likes to do. What hobbies does he or she enjoy? What kind of music? What kind of art? Encourage continued involvement in these things as much as possible.
  • If a resident has given up a hobby he or she enjoyed due to poor vision or motor skills, see if there are adaptive devices that can help.
  • Bring residents with similar interests together. People who like plants would enjoy looking at each other’s flowers or greenery and sharing knowledge, stories, and ideas about growing things.
  • Help provide the things people need to do an activity they have chosen. If they want to do a jigsaw puzzle, find a way to get them some puzzles they can do.

This is an excerpt from HCPro’s book, The CNA Training Solution, Second Edition.

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