Learn how to care for and clean dance/movement therapy props
A long spring week-end is a good time to care for my dance/movement therapy props. Here are my Octaband®s and chiffon scarves after machine washing in detergent, dripping dry on my furniture.
I clean the maracas and plastic ends of the ribbon wands with alcohol soaked cotton balls. I then drop the ribbon wands into a tub with woolite and water separated by color. The dye came out only once, but I prefer the color of the ribbons to remain pure. Some of my residents refuse the ones that look tie-dyed.
I wash the 24″ red jewel tone balloons in soapy water regularly. I use red because they’re the easiest to see if anyone is visually impaired, jewel-toned so that the huge balloon doesn’t block out the light which can be frightening for someone with advanced dementia who doesn’t remember what to do with the balloon, and 24″ because they’re large enough to sail easily across the circle.
Do you think I like color? You’re right. I have pretty strong opinions about residences that look corporate to house people with dementia. Yeah, the mustard yellow and olive green may give the place an air of formality and confidence for the family members. But in my experience, people with dementia love color. And, colors evoke emotions. Since people with advanced dementia live in the social emotional realm, surrounding them with colors reflects a panoply of possible emotions ~ real emotions, that they may be feeling at any given moment.