Activities Therapy Program
In the absence of a cure for Alzheimer's, our comprehensive daily activity program helps our residents remain vital and stimulated for as long as possible. The goals of our therapeutic activities are to preserve the resident's dignity, self-esteem and enjoyment of life.
Activities therapy also helps reduce some of the common behavioral problems associated with dementia, such as wandering and agitation, by redirecting the residents away from things that upset them to more pleasant and rewarding experiences.
Our daily programs draws heavily on the creative arts therapies, especially music, art, drama and movement. We encourage families to participate in the activity program as a way of sharing quality moments with your loved one.
Special features of the Swindells Activities Therapy Program include:
- Daily dance/movement and exercise: Residents are kept fit and energized by engaging in morning stretch groups and a walking program throughout the day.
- Music and drama therapy: Our activity team includes a certified music therapist and a registered drama therapist, who collaborate using improvisation, songs, humor and rhythmic instruments to engage the residents in creative self-expression. This work was recently documented for inclusion in a public television special on alternative approaches to healing.
- Field trips: The Swindells program has its own deluxe, custom designed recreational vehicle for resident outings. The Bay Area abounds with beautiful, scenic spots within a short drive of the Swindells Program Center. Residents are taken out frequently to enjoy the sights.
- Pet therapy: The San Francisco SPCA provides us with regular animal visits.
- Monthly parties
- Live music performances
- Spiritual resources: The Institute for Health and Healing periodically appoints a non-denominational chaplain to our program to lead groups centered on spiritual themes. Chaplains are also available by appointment to meet individually with residents and families.
- Volunteer program: Volunteers, who are often in training for recreational or creative arts therapy certification, assist our regular activity staff in providing ongoing recreational stimulation.