Thursday, October 23, 2014

Orientation and calendar task

Ohhh my goodness, I have not blogged in an eternity!!  Sorry.  I had a baby and life got too crazy.  She is an adorable baby!!!  I'll post pictures.  In the mean time, here's a little orientation task I just created since working on orientation can feel kinda...repetitive and boring.  :)

Orientation and calendaring exercise for Inpatient Rehab
  • Number each day in this month
  • Place a small post-it on today’s square.
  • Write the word “today” on the post-it. 
  • Are there any holidays (or family birthdays) this month- fill them out.
  • What events or appointments are coming this week?  Point to them or fill them in.
  • Which is the first day of the week this month?
  • Count how many days from today to the end of the month.
  • How many Sundays are there in this month?
  • On which day of the week does the 14th fall?
  • Which day did you arrive in Rehab?
  • How many days have you been here?
  • Which day will you be leaving?
  • How many days until you discharge?
  • How many days (total) will you have been in Rehab by the time of your discharge?
  • What season(s) is/are this month? (summer, fall, winter, spring)

For home

Each day:
  • Ask a family member or caregiver to join you in doing your orientation exercise. 
  • Try to say the date without looking at the calendar.
  • Move the “Today” post it forward one day.
  • Say the date now, looking at the calendar. 
  • Cross of the previous day (all days that have passed should be crossed off).
  • Look at upcoming appointments/events.
  • Write any to-dos, appointments, events that you learn about today.
  • Make any preparations you need to make for those events (e.g., if there is a family birthday tomorrow, do you need to get a gift or card?  If there is a therapy appointment this morning, do you need to shower, dress, etc.?)
  • Say the date without looking at the calendar.


  1. More ideas:
    Schedule when you are going to watch the NBA finals!
    Rehab: Count off the days to your roommate's discharge.