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How to Offer High- and Low-Functioning Activities
to Residents of Different Levels

It can be challenging to offer activities to your residents when your population contains several different levels of functioning. Here are a few suggestions that may help with providing meaningful activities to all of your residents
at the same time:

Musical Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Invite higher-functioning residents to play fun musical games like Name That Tune or Sing Along.
  • Lower-Functioning: While the music is playing, supply lower-functioning residents with instruments for them to play along to the beat of the music.

Reminiscing Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Ask higher-functioning residents specific questions about their experiences as they reminisce.
  • Lower-Functioning: Use photos during the activity to help lower-functioning residents relate better to the subject being discussed.

Physical Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Encourage higher-functioning residents to sit up front during your Exercise class so that they can follow along.
  • Lower-Functioning: Play music during your Exercise class to encourage lower-functioning residents to move along to the beat of the music.

Arts & Crafts Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Invite your higher-functioning residents to work on the more detailed part of the arts and crafts project.
  • Lower-Functioning: Assist your lower-functioning residents with completing easier tasks of the arts and crafts project.

Game Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Invite higher-functioning residents to play the game as instructed.
  • Lower-Functioning: Adjust the game on an individual level to fit the lower-functioning residents' needs. For example, assist residents with chip placement during Bingo.

Reading Activities

  • Higher-Functioning: Encourage higher-functioning residents to take turns reading easy-to-read large-print stories about an interesting topic.
  • Lower-Functioning: Invite lower-functioning residents to sit in and listen to the stories.

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