1.1 Explain how participating in therapeutic group activities can benefit an individual’s identity, self-esteem and wellbeing.
At Miramar Nursing Home the therapeutic group activities that I have organised or taken part in are;
Reminiscence therapy, looking back at service users photos, watching a major event such as the queens wedding and discussing what everyone was doing at the time and other major things they remember of that time or playing the Reminiscence Board Game.
Relaxation and Anxiety Management, at Miramar we have armchair aerobics that teaches the service users breathing techniques which we discuss how it would help to calm anxiety. Also during a craft session we discuss management techniques of anger in a group.
Remedial Games, these are as simple as board games, throwing and catching the beanbags, icing cakes and goes that require building and using hand and eye coordination such as build a bug.
Health Related Group Activities. At Miramar Nursing Home all the service users received a flu jab and a senior carer decided that it would be a good opportunity as a group to discuss how to wash hand when and how to stop the spread of germs.
Art or Music Therapy. At Miramar we make cards, make clay models and table decorations for special occasions and in music we have a local folk band that comes in every three months for the service user to listen and sing along to.
Therapeutic activities work better as a group as it normalises things. It puts together people with similar problems. The service user sees that “oh I'm not the only one with this issue" and consequently feel less lonely, less alien and feel more relieved. I find that working in a group with service users that they can encourage each other. They can share different approaches to solving commonly encountered problems. They understand each other because they've been through the same thing or similar things. They can identify with each other, but at the same time...