Vista Park Lodge’s “BEEFS & BOUQUETS PROGRAM”. The focus of this program was to increase the input of our 2 nd floor Residents, many with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. The name was derived from the long standing radio show on C.J.O.B.
We thought by using this name it may spark some familiarity since many Residents still maintain some long term memory.
The purpose of this program was to empower Residents by facilitating the success of simple decision-making. For example choices of meals, entertainment and programming.
FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
Several family members came up to her after the program to thank her for her suggestion.
The 1st floor Residents were reluctant to join any 2nd floor events. Due to the Pub Night and Birthday Parties on the 2nd floor, these Residents have become more accepting and now readily attend programs up there.
We make assumptions that Residents with cognitive impairment can not contribute or make simple decisions regarding their choices or daily activities.
By doing so we fail to empower Residents.
As staff, we tend to take over.
Our Beef and Bouquets Program requires us to step back and allow Resident decision making.
Participation at meetings can range from minimal to maximum. Most importantly we never assume that the Residents are not capable.
Staff have been taken aback by how adamant the Residents are when it comes to their likes and dislikes. Resident responses are often quite different than what staff have anticipated.
Our answer to them is you know you’re here and that is the most important thing. Even though there are times when Residents may not know or realize they are being empowered, we know that we are facilitating it. The greater crime would be not to try.