Sewing Box Visits
Note: This page (listed in the left-hand column of the monthly index page as "Making Sense/One-to-One") alternates between sensory stimulation activities and one-to-one activities. Look for "Making Sense" next month.
Here is an idea that is "tailor-made" for your one-to-one visits.
Fill the large sewing box/basket with such things as:
- Spools of thread (different colors)
- Needles and needle threader
- Pin cushion
- Buttons (variety of sizes and shapes)
- Snaps and hooks and eyes
- Tape measure
- Hem gauge
- Tailor's chalk
- Scrap pieces of fabrics
- Darning needs and darning yarn
- Darning egg or tennis ball
- Socks with holes in them
- Pinking shears
- Picture of a vintage sewing machine
One-to-one visit tip
- If you don't know anything about sewing, ask another staff member or a volunteer to make the room visits for you.
- During the visit, offer to sew on loose or missing buttons, mend a hem, or fix a small tear. Ask the person to select the thread color and color and size of the buttons.
- Sort buttons and/or colors of thread.
- Discuss sewing and mending and how sewing machines have changed over the years. Ask if anyone remembers the old-fashioned treadle machines and how they worked.
- Discuss what kinds of fabrics are best for certain fashions. For example, would a piece of wool make a good suit or a good blouse? Is silk an easy fabric to care for?
- Demonstrate how to darn a sock.
- Identify the different objects in the sewing basket and what they are used for.
Note: If the person is unresponsive (comatose, in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, etc.), gently rub different pieces of fabric over their arm and look for a reaction. Place the pin cushion or darning egg in their hand and squeeze gently.
More June One-to-One / Room Visit Ideas
Many of the Activity Connection activities can be presented one-to-one. Below are just a few examples from around the site this month.
- Puzzles – Print copies of some of the puzzles to put on your one-to-one cart.
- Daily Chronicles – Read and discuss the famous person born on the day and other information from the Daily Chronicle.
- Monthly Gazette – Read and discuss the fun facts about the month.
- Trivia – Print copies of the trivia pages for those people who would like a challenge.
- Junk Drawer Detective – Try to find all of the items in the picture.
- Humor – Share some funny jokes.
- Alzheimer's – For cognitively impaired individuals who require one-to-one activities, try the activities on this page.
THERE'S MORE! CHECK OUT ALL THE PAGES FOR ALL THE ONE-TO-ONE POSSIBILITIES!
One-to-One Tools & Tips
- Residents who are room-bound or bed-bound and cannot physically get out to regularly scheduled activities.
- Residents who are totally dependent or unresponsive (i.e., comatose or semi-comatose residents, residents on ventilators, stroke victims).
- Residents who do not benefit from traditional group activities (i.e., late-stage Alzheimer's residents).
- Residents who choose not to participate in scheduled group activities.
- Residents who want one-to-one attention.
As you can see, there is a wide range of needs - from very independent, alert residents to the most severely impaired residents. Therefore, your program of one-to-one activities needs to be diverse.
We often get the question, "What can I do for one-to-one activities?" Naturally, the answer depends on the individual person's abilities and interests. However, keep in mind that one-to-one activities are not a different activity category. (You can do exercise, spiritual programs, sensory activities, music, games, reading, and even crafts on a one-to-one basis.) The activities might have to be adapted, but they can be done in most instances.
Recording One-to-One Activities
Use a log sheet to document your one-to-one visits (required in skilled care settings). For a form that we have designed especially for you, check out the "Forms and Worksheets" section of Activity Teacher. Scroll down the page for a "Record of One-to-One Activities" that you can print off.
Note: Keep a separate log sheet for each resident. Record the resident's plan and/or goals on the top of the sheet so that you can quickly see if your one-to-one activities are meeting the resident's needs.