There are a number of general principles to keep in mind as you end the IPPI:
Give the resident time to process that your time together is over.
- This is accomplished by telling the resident:
- The session is over (“We have to finish for now.”)
- Thank you for participating (“I hope you enjoyed our time together as much as I did, thank you for spending some time with me.”)
- What is happening next (“Lunch is going to be served soon, so I’ll take you to the dining room now.”)
- When you’ll be back (“We can talk more about this tomorrow. I’ll see you then.”)
Try other IPPIs.
- If the initially selected IPPI is not working, that is, the resident is unable to participate, or the resident doesn’t enjoy the subject matter or is bored, then choose another IPPI based on the resident’s interests.
Provide continuity of the sessions.
- Depending on the number of sessions you have predetermined for completion of the intervention, choose an ending point that seems to allow for a natural break in the activity.
- Remind the resident that even though you have not finished the task or discussion, you will continue the next time you meet.
- In addition, if you learn that something is working or not working with the completion of the activity, then use that bit of information each time you meet.