When a loved one goes into a senior care facility, the number of people who support them grows. In addition to their family members, they now have the center staff and residents in their circle. And it’s important to realize that each of these individuals has something to contribute. Five-minute storytelling is a way to kick start those conversations, restart stale relationships, and engage everyone toward a common goal. It sparks ideas and enables caregivers to share their insights.
When creating a legacy story, you don’t need to spend a lot of time to gain a lot of return. I like to focus on five-minute storytelling. These are pre-written, conversational scripts to share with nursing staff and those who are serving someone in care. They provide a guide and framework to write the story. It’s quick and to the point, but the rewards can be enormous.
Use these five-minute storytelling scripts to help caregivers share their memories about your parent, grandparent, or beloved aunt. Sometimes, caregivers have sides to the story that families don’t have full access to, and that can make for a robust legacy.
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Storytelling Creates a Legacy
By using the five-minute storytelling scripts, you remove the problem of caregivers not knowing what to say. The scripts are starters and another tool to put in your back pocket. Better than that, they are free for you to download. You can start to create legacy with no commitment. Try the scripts for five-minute storytelling, start to gather a loved one’s legacy, and see where it goes from there. Then, if that works for you, let’s talk about how you can really amp up your efforts with the Legacy Recorder.
Looking for that thing to help you keep your storytellers engaged and talking? For the writer's in your care, this journal will keep them talking for a good long while. Encourage them (if they can) to reach out via phone or video to family members and share the memories they write about.
This journal was designed for storytellers in their sunset years who are ready to write about and share their memories. Simple to use and elegant enough to keep around to remind you of them long after they are gone.
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