Facebook Pixel Code
Good 2 Go
Good 2 Go

Activities for Inpatients

During an inpatient stay there may be many opportunities to encourage self management skills and develop knowledge about health care conditions, all while supporting youth in their eventual transition from inpatient to outpatient status and from pediatric to adult health care.

Suggestions include:

• Talking directly to the young person when in the room rather than directing communication at parents and caregivers.
• Encouraging patients to ask questions to all members of the health-care team.
• Providing games and resources that can help pass time in a fun way and help develop self management skills.  

Here are some ideas of activities you can develop for use with inpatients  

Medication Word Search: Develop a word search using common medications for your patient/unit.  Many programs exist on the Internet to help you easily develop a unique word search.

Medication Word Scramble: Scramble a list of common medications and ask patient to unscramble the names correctly. Be sure to use both generic and brand names.

Transition Jenga: Write items from the Transition Readiness Checklist  , such as “I know the names of my medications and treatments” on Jenga pieces. When patient removes a piece, use it as an opportunity to discuss patient’s knowledge or level of readiness on each of the items. (Good 2 Go has an example to show you or let you borrow to use with your patients).

Some sample documents1 have been developed for use with transplant inpatients between the ages of 14 and 17, who are expected to transfer to one of the UHN hospitals. Please note these activities are designed to use with patients who are relatively stable in terms of their illness and hospitalization. The tools are NOT meant to be given to a patient without subsequent follow-up or discussion. Each activity serves a distinct purpose in transition preparation based on identified gaps in care.

  1. Do you know your Transplant Medications Word Search? : Youth can first attempt the word search on his or her own.  However, it is important to follow up with the patient regarding the questions in quotes. Do they know which of these medications they are taking? Do they know what each of these medications do? Do they have any medication allergies or sensitivities?
    Transplant Medication Word Search
  2. Spot the Differences : This task serves as a way to start a discussion with youth about the differences between SickKids and adult hospitals. After a youth has tried to spot the differences between the two systems, it is important to ask the patient about anything they found surprising or were are unsure of. Some of these options can be in both categories (i.e., better food court). It is important to discuss the differences in a realistic and positive light when possible. There are certainly differences between the paediatric and adult hospitals but as health-care providers we have to ensure we are not portraying a message that one is better than the other.  Click here  for some helpful hints to help spot the differences.

1 Thank you to Margaret Schwan, RN on 6A for leading this project during her Masters of Nursing student placement April-June 2013 with Good 2 Go.

Contact us if you would like assistance developing inpatient resources for your unit.