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)
- 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.