I love that! I worked in long-term care as a aide for 10yrs before I became a nurse. So, I've worked alot with dementia. It takes creativity at times. Its also very rewarding! As the saying goes, people may not remember your name or face, but they will remember how you made them feel!
I love the money in the pocket at midnight idea. I think I'll use that one with my family this year. Maybe give each child a dollar for his/her pocket. ( I have 5 kids so any higher denomination could get pricey. Lol)
I have a yearly ornament tradition where I make an ornament at work to remind me of where I was and who I was with that particular year. My ornament from last year is a cardboard gingerbread man covered on the front with gold glitter. On the back is the signature of a little lady with Altzheimers. She wouldn't sleep that night and I was keeping a very close eye on her as she's at great risk to fall. ( zero safety awareness ). I gave her the task of signing the ornament we created that night and she worked so carefully on it because she wanted it to be "special" it just melted my heart...
A home tradition that leaks over into work~ Every yr I make homemade pumpkin bread. I use real pumpkin, not canned. I always take some to work to share. Another work tradition is that I try to leave work before midnight on New Yrs Eve.
Home Tradition~ The pumpkin bread of course. My grandma started this one. She passed away almost 2 yrs ago. She had Alzheimer's several yrs before that, SO I took up the tradition a long time ago. I have to have my house spotless New yrs Eve and black eyed pees on stove cooking at midnights. I also have to have money in my pocket at midnight. And I eat corn beef and cabbage on New yrs day. I'm a little superstitious.
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