Why do residents report being bored even though facilities
have activity calendars that are full of events?
Are reasonable periods of boredom healthy for the average
nursing home resident?
Understanding boredom is an essential first step to coming
to terms with reports of boredom. We assume that the brain is not active during
states of boredom; however, according to research, the brain is very active
during times of disengagement with the external world. During episodes of boredom,
the healthy brain connects to its inner database and reminisces, creates, engages
in fantasy, daydreams, and problem solves in a more relaxed manner. Inventors, writers, and artists look at this mental
phase as a window of opportunity for greatness.
How can we help our residents experience greatness from their alone
CMS is concerned with reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. What are your initiatives regarding this issue and do you use a multidimensional approach? Do you also measure your success and report accordingly so that the team may learn from your methods?