. View the book with your care-recipient in a quiet area with no distracting noises or activities nearby.You
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· Make sure there are no bright lights or bright windows to the viewer’s side or in front, as these will be distracting.
. Make sure there are no shadows or reflecting lights falling on the pages.
· Provide focus by avoiding distracting patterns within the viewing area. If sitting at a table place a plain cloth (not bright, fluro or white) over fabric patterns, clutter or other activity resources.
. Provide a plain covered pillow or cushion on your care-recipient’s lap to support their hands and the book.
. Check that care-recipients glasses are clean.
. Where possible allow your care-recipient control of turning the pages and pausing for engagement and reminiscence.
. Make a note of interesting stories or memories that your reader has talked about or images that attracted attention for future interaction.
. A sigh, nod, smile or other non-verbal expression may be considered as social interaction for some persons in care.
Pictured: chatting or looking at orange and yellow colours.
Double page from the Oranges and Lemons Book