We are Gill and Marilyn and since 2012 our mission has been to create outstanding activities for older people in care and at home.
From our first hand experiences with our own families we understand how challenging it can be to offer engaging and stimulating activities to older adults, including those living with dementia. So, drawing on our rewarding careers in primary and secondary education, we began to create and deliver activity sessions for professional care settings.
Over seven years, we have facilitated hundreds of activities to UK care and nursing homes and have carefully refined our method and the materials that we use, some of which can be found on our website. We experienced first hand how our reminiscent poems and activity ideas helped to ‘light up lounges’.
We now want to pass on our resources to care and nursing homes, Activity Co-ordinators, carers, families and friends everywhere.
That’s why we created our new DVD, ‘Now Just Press Play’. It draws on our years’ of experience of delivering activities in UK care homes. Using poems from our first book, ‘Now tell me how about you?’ this DVD has been extensively tried and tested in care homes and other settings.
Ideal for professional caregivers…
Professional caregivers will save hours of preparation time. Our DVD contains enough material for approximately seven hours of activities or conversations – or even more depending on usage. It can be used with or without a member of staff present and is suitable for use by individuals or in a larger group setting.
Those caring for older loved ones, including people living with dementia, will enjoy discovering hundreds of new topics from the past that may otherwise have been forgotten.
‘As easy as just press play’.
Care staff and families will save hours of preparation time. Our DVD contains enough material and stimuli for at least seven one hour-long activities or extended conversations.
Can be played to individuals or with a group
Our DVD helps care and nursing homes reduce costs by offering an alternative activity that can be enjoyed with or without a member of staff present.
Original nostalgic poetry
Now Just Press Playcontains seven original poems drawing on themes from the post-war period. These poems were written specifically by us for use with older people including those living with dementia. They are narrated and presented by experienced care home activity leaders.
The DVD features over 100 reminiscent images such as these to encourage conversation
Families and caregivers will enjoy exploring and discussing hundreds of topics from the post-war period as memories are triggered by words and pictures.
Tried and tested
Our DVD is presented and narrated by two experienced activity leaders in the UK care sector and who have an in-depth knowledge of the reminiscence material discussed. This material has been extensively tested in UK care and nursing homes.
We created this DVD specifically for older people including those living with dementia. We use broadcast quality audio and large format high contrast subtitles to make it as easy to follow as possible. Images used on this DVD have been digitally edited to be as high contrast and as clear as possible. The material is presented at a measured pace with opportunities throughout to pause and discuss or reflect on the topics raised.
To see how the Now just press play DVD works, watch a demonstration of one of the activity videos on the theme of Winter:
This DVD runs for one hour and one minute (including running time of static images to allow time for conversation).
Care and nursing homes – Bedroom, living room and common areas
Your home – Living room, bedroom, kitchen
The Journey – Early, mid, late
Challenges – Communication, loneliness and isolation, sadness and depression
We also believe in the power of technology to help end loneliness. There is a wealth of content available for free online which would be of great interest to older people but may not be easily accessible. In an increasingly connected world, it is possible that older people, including those living with dementia, could feel even further left behind by advances in modern technology. Our DVD is a product that seeks to address some of these challenges
‘Now Just Press Play’
Copyright Bonnie Day Limited 2018-2019 unless otherwise stated (see Legal Notice section of DVD.) The unauthorised reproduction of this DVD is expressly prohibited by law.
To find out more about our DVD, books and other resources, go to www.bonnie-day.co.uk
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