Rave Reviews

"Our residents have watched these dvds many times and continue to thoroughly enjoy them. 26 mins is just the right amount of time for those with a short attention span. Fantastic for deaf residents as well. I usually put a dvd on twice in an hour so that anyone falling asleep has the opportunity to see it again. Great for reminiscing." Carol, Leisure and Lifestyle 
Co-Ordinator, Adelaide, South Australia

"Fran's DVDs are used as afternoon movies, for people to look at, for relaxation and for conversation points." Ann, Lifestyle Coordinator, Aged Care, Adelaide, South Australia

"Fran's photography is equally stunning and amazing and I highly recommend her DVD's and purchase of her beautiful photos." Leslie, Seattle, Washington, USA

"Here are some great ideas to complement the Beautiful Blooms DVD. Use aromatherapy oils to bring back memories of different scents from the garden e.g. lavender or rosemary. Dry some rose petals in the microwave to make pot pourri – something tactile as well as having a beautiful perfume. Residents could then keep some pot pourri in their rooms." Karen, Diversional Therapist, Adelaide, South Australia

"Hi again! Letting you know the DVD’s are loved by our Residents and I used A day at the Zoo for a theme “African Safari” which was our background music on the big screen with all the sounds of the animals. We had a great time, dancing, dressing up and all, thanks again. We will be ordering more DVD’s." Diana, Bentley, Western Australia

"Thank you, I have received the DVD's (Beautiful Blooms and Tasmania's Overland Track) … they are absolutely fabulous, the residents love them and so do the staff!" Helen, Lifestyle Coordinator, Murray Bridge, South Australia

"Fran West's DVDs for aged care and Alzheimer's patients are found to be very useful tools.When a concert is going to be held, a DVD is shown while preparations are going on and attendees are arriving. It keeps people occupied for a few minutes while they're waiting and it stimulates conversation. The whole DVD doesn't have to be viewed, it's basically a time filler. Outback Adventure is going to be used on Australia Day. Tasmania's Overland Track could also be used on the same day." Rosslyn, Lifestyle Coordinator, Yankalilla, South Australia

"The reminiscing Dvds are excellent! I’m using them not just in the dementia wings but in low care and high care wings, too. Residents commented: they find the music background is relaxing, the pictures are beautiful and brings back memories of their active family life. Thank you very much." Betty, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

"We have had a look at the snippets and the music and pictures are fantastic. It's great to see more products like yours coming out that involve both music and reminiscence which we see as the most important therapies that provide the most positive outcomes with our residents." Emily, Diversional Therapist, Vonlea Manor, Norlane, Victoria

"Fran, Regarding the feedback on the DVD's that we purchased the comments are: "I could watch it all day" (Outback Adventure & Marvellous Machinery). "If you didn’t like that, there's something wrong with you" (Beautiful Blooms). So I would say that they are a big hit here. All residents that have watched them have enjoyed them very much." Trish, Regis Sunraysia, Mildura, Victoria

"Hi Fran, I think your beautiful digital jigsaw puzzles are fabulous and easy to use. I work in community and have begun using them with a number of clients, including 1 client who has quite advanced Dementia and has never used a computer. We put the disk into his wife’s laptop and asked him to have a look. He immediately pointed to pieces and showed where they should be placed (correctly). He has a past history of years of doing jigsaw puzzles, but no longer able to manage too many pieces. This was a lovely way of being able to reconnect with his jigsaws but also an enjoyable activity to undertake together. I have shared this information and your contact details with some colleagues (who also had a bit of a play) with a very positive response. Well done." Fay, Korumburra, Victoria, Australia

"Hi Fran, Thank you so much for the Nonverbal picture books. I have residents who relate quite well to these books. One resident is thoroughly enjoying the  Maritime Mix & our gardeners just love the Beautiful BloomsMore Amazing Animals is wonderful for both males & females to peruse, I have seen instances where a client is visibly agitated & have sat with them for a time going through the nonverbal picture books. The improvement in their behaviour is evident within the first 10 mins. 
I recommend the nonverbal picture books as a wonderful resource to not only assist with agitated residents but also as a talking point for small group therapy. Well Done Fran. Many thanks for all your help it is much appreciated." Helen, Goonellabah, New South Wales