Aged care consultant Del Marie McAlister, is the editor of inspire (a magazine for aged care Leisure & Lifestyle and Pastoral Care employees), workshop facilitator, seminar presenter, author, counsellor, and chaplain.
January 2022 and February 2022 editions of the inspire magazine
These monthly magazines feature activity ideas for every day! There are also product reviews, daily inspiration, art and craft ideas, quizzes, articles, noticeboard, gardening tips, chaplaincy resources, recipes and more.
The Aged Care Leisure and Lifestyle Guide (Second edition)
Updated, relevant and helpful guide.
Activities for Aged Care
Over 250 Activities for Aged Care.
Well done Del! Again you have put together a practical activity book, that has activities with all the planning and thinking done for us. Relevant and fun with such a great range of activities, this is a win for residents, a win for lifestyle and activities staff and a win for aged care and the professionalism of all our services. You could only have made this easier if you came and ran the activity for us! Thanks for doing the hard work and taking some pressure off our work load. Cathryn McMillan, Chaplaincy Practice Lead, Grad Cert Pastoral Care and Aging, Dipl. of Counselling, Dip. of Community Service Coordination, Cert IV Training and Assessment
I cannot thank you enough for creating such a wonderful and resourceful activity manual. Sometimes I get stuck on how to word things for documentation writing and this will guide me in the right direction. Thank you for all the wonderful and creative ideas which I can't wait to use with my residents. I would also like to acknowledge you as a great mentor to many people in this industry. Your dedication, time, and effort you have put into all the inspire publications and other resources is much appreciated. I would like to personally thank Del Marie for giving me the opportunity to share my creations and ideas in this latest publication. I hope you all get as my pleasure and satisfaction as I have.
Filidea DiBianco, Leisure & Lifestyle Coordinator, Leisure and Health Trainer and Assessor, Cert IV in Leisure and Health, Dip in Leisure and Health, Cert IV Training and Assessment
We have been using Del Marie McAlister's material in the inspire magazine for some time now and it has been very useful in our Leisure and Lifestyle Department. This new comprehensive, yet not-too-formal guide is written with the benefit of Del's personal extensive experience. I am only too willing to endorse this manual and Del as its author.
Glenda Daly, BA Arts Social Sciences, MA Ageing and Pastoral Studies
This is a wonderful resource for any organisation looking for innovative strategies for their clients - full of amazing activities which are easy to implement in order to achieve a sense of mastery for our elders. Dr Julie Bajic Smith (PhD) Aged Care Psychology Consultant
Inspire magazine is an amazing and thorough resource which every facility should have a monthly edition of to guide activities with their residents on a monthly basis. The issues are delivered well in advance, so plenty of time to discuss new activities with the residents in resident meetings and embed the chosen activities into monthly calendars. Dr Julie Bajic Smith (PhD) Aged Care Psychology Consultant
“Love inspire magazines. We use them most days.”
"I would not have made it through this year without your magazine...thank you."
“Thank you for your recent edition of inspire. I love it. For once I have something that is
relevant to Australians. This will give our residents meaningful and purpose activities.”
"I cannot praise you highly enough. Inspire has saved me so much time. Looking forward to the
"These are awesome and I can't wait for the next issue. I gave a copy to my team members
and they all love it. Such a great resource."
Other PDF Publications
Accreditation Ready: This book takes a look at each one of the Aged Care Quality Standards and suggests ways we can comply with them.
Spiritual Care in Aged Care: Under the Aged Care Quality Standards, we are expected to meet our resident’s spiritual needs.
Daily Quizzes for Seniors: This book contains a quiz for every day of the year.
Highlights of inspire 2020: A collection of articles, quizzes, craft, ideas etc. from all the 2020 inspire magazines. $10
Devotions for Seniors: Devotions to read to Christians who are nearing the end of their life on earth. Full of compassion, love and hope. FREE
Emotional Care in Aged Care: A guide book for providing emotional care for residents.
Training course - Supporting our Resident's Needs
Professional development through voice-over PowerPoint presentations. e.
Module 1. Supporting the Need to Belong
Module 2. Supporting the Need to be Culturally Safe
Module 3. Supporting the Need to Celebrate Identity
Module 4. Supporting Creative and Intellectual Needs
Module 5. Supporting Emotional Needs
Module 6. Supporting Spiritual Needs
Module 7. Supporting the Need to Experience Happiness
Module 8. Supporting the Need to Have a Sense of Purpose
Module 9. Supporting the Need to be Cared for, to feel Safe and Loved
Module 10. Supporting the Needs of Someone who is Dying
“I want to thank you for the informative and essential workshop that you presented. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am so pleased with the outcomes.”
Available to download as a PowerPoint (with voice-over) presentations from the SHOP tab.
I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I have the privilege of being a guest on. I pay my respects to the Elders, past, present, and emerging. I recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.