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Welcome to Keeping Busy

Professional Caregivers

Being a professional in the dementia care field, you’re always on the lookout for ways to help your clients.

We can help.

 

Our products...

  • Have been fully tested in long term care facilities and are in use in facilities across the country
  • Are appropriate for people at all stages of dementia
  • Are easy to present with little setup time required
  • Come in convenient packages making it easy to have the activity available and accessible
  • Are designed following Montessori principles which have been proven to be highly effective
 

Small Group Programming

One of the best and easiest ways to engage residents on a regular basis is to introduce Small Group Programs into your monthly calendar.

These activities are easy to present in half an hour or less, with little preparation or setup. Simply walk onto the unit, ask any residents in the common area if they would like to participate and start the fun.

For more information, see our article "The Benefits of Small Group Activities" in our Learning Center.

Here are some small group programming ideas...

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  • Expressions Bingo
  • Making Waves
  • Target Toss
  • ColorConnect Small Group Edition
  • Expressions
    Bingo
  • Making
    Waves
  • Target
    Toss
  • Color
    Connect

Click here to see the full list of small group activities...

One-on-One Activities

One-on-one activities are an important therapeutic tool in any facility. We offer a full range of products that appeal to a wide range of needs, interests, skills and abilities.

Our products are easy to present and come with complete instructions making it possible for volunteers and family members to use them successfully.

From our selection of art, matching, puzzles and games you can find something to meet the needs of your residents.


Here are some popular one-on-one activities...

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  • WaterDoodle Grab & Go
  • Sequenced Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Match the Shapes
  • Tangram
  • WaterDoodle
     
  • Sequenced
    Puzzles
  • Match the
    Shapes
  • Tangram
     

Browse by Category to see the full range of activities

Here's an idea...

There's only so much that one person, or even one department, can do to engage residents. It really helps if everyone is involved - front line staff, support staff, volunteers and family.

We teach this in our "Making Every Day Count" workshop, and we have developed products specifically for this purpose. They are easy to present, require little or no setup and can be done quickly in a few spare moments. And best of all, they fit in your pocket so that they're always available.

Check out our
"Pocket Packs"...

  • Pocket Pack - Dice
  • Pocket Pack - Expressions
  • Pocket Pack - Match the Suits
  • Pocket Pack - Strip Puzzles
  • Pocket Pack - Photo Cards
  • Dice
     
  • Expressions
     
  • Match the
    Suits
  • Strip
    Puzzles
  • Photo Cards
     

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FAQs

Is each activity suitable for residents at different levels of dementia?

The short answer is "yes". All of our activities are designed to be adaptable for people at different stages of dementia. The instructions describe how to use the materials and how to adjust the level of difficulty based on the person's response. Of course there are other considerations such as the person's interests and abilities that may affect the effectiveness of a given activity for a particular resident.

Do you have any "sensory" products?

When we create our products we keep the sensory aspect front and centre. Our photo products use bright images, our laminations are solid and smooth, our physical products are thick, polished and feel good to the touch. In keeping with the Montessori principles, rather than having only a sensory aspect, these same products also offer a variety of benefits such as cognitive, dexterity or reminiscing, depending on how they are presented and the skills, interests and abilities of the person.

For touch we recommend any of the activities found in the "Appealing to Touch" category. Our Match the Photos activities offer bright colours and by following the suggestions in the instructions for the Match the Photos "seed" versions you can incorporate smell and touch by using actual seeds and plants with the activity.

Are there any group activities?

Yes. In addition to the activities listed in our Small Group Programming category, many of our activities are designed to be used both individually and in small groups. We don't offer activities for large groups because all of our activities are designed to focus on the individual and that is not possible in a large group. Our activities that are best suited for small groups (typically four or fewer participants) include:

  • Match the Suits
  • Match the Dots
  • Number Rod - Full Set
  • Pink Tower and Brown Stairs
  • Sequenced Puzzles
  • All of the activities in Small Group Programming

In addition, Aquapaint is a great activity where each person in the group can work on their own "painting" with one staff member (or volunteer) assisting when necessary. Look for this

Small Group Logo

logo on products that we recommend for small group activities.

Why buy these activities instead of making our own?

There's nothing wrong with making your own activities, and we encourage you to do so.There are also reasons to buy them ready-made.

While some of our products look simple enough, a lot of experience, testing and fine-tuning has gone into each of them. There are nuances to both the activities and the suggested presentation that can make a big difference to the success and effectiveness of the activity.

We can help you be more efficient and have more time to offer therapeutic programs for residents.

Our facility has not had Montessori training - can we still use these activities?

Absolutely. All of our activities come with complete instructions describing how to present the activity effectively and help your residents get the most out of it.

If you would like to learn more about Montessori and dementia, you can find articles and information in our Learning Center.