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Residents with stimulating activities is an important part of improving their quality of life.
The Key to Holding Successful Activities
Activities will include:
We like to tailor activities
to each resident's capabilities, it's important to get the residents'
input about what they'd like to do.
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Social Activities are designed to keep residents engaged and entertained, many offer physical and mental benefits as well.
Birthday parties: There are many opportunities for activities here. Some residents might like to take part in decorating a room for a fellow resident's party. Others might like to help bake and decorate a cake. The party could be set up as a private event for the resident and his or her family, or it might include fellow residents according to the birthday honoree's preferences.
Ice cream socials:
This is always a hit with
residents. You'll need chocolate and vanilla ice cream, as well as
favorite toppings like hot fudge, strawberry sauce and whipped cream,
and maybe a few extras like sprinkles, crushed Oreos, peanuts and
cherries. Residents can choose their favorites to make a delicious
sundae. Consideratioin will always be kept for those with sugar
sensitivies like Diabetes and will include special food for those.
Outdoor patio parties: Weather permitting, we will recruit staff or volunteers to get together and set up a cooking area to grill favourite foods. Coordinate with the kitchen staff to provide some side courses like potato salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Set up tables where residents can eat, and bring everyone back inside to the day room to watch the game on TV.
Story time: This encompasses many different things. Of course, young people can read to residents of nursing homes. However, an interesting alternative would be for the seniors to tell their stories to the youngsters. Many children are fascinated by the history and are amazed that there was life before technology. Therefore, stories about life after a war, watching a television for the first time, and advances in technology and so on are eagerly received by children. Every person has a different story to share, and these precious personal histories deserve retelling.
Musical events: Consider group sing-alongs with songs from various decades. Ask residents about their favorite songs and include them. Invite choir groups or muscians for recitals. Take residents on a field trip to a concert. Also, consider gathering residents in the day room to watch concert DVDs and popular musicals.
Board games and cards: Residents can be grouped according to their cognitive abilities to play games at various levels, from Candyland to Yahtzee to poker and more. Bingo is immensely popular with residents, and they can play for small treats and prizes.
Food-centered activities: Consider frosting cookies or baking brownies to be served as that day's desert. Baking bread is another activity that also doubles as a physical activity since it requires some hand dexterity. Making popcorn, coloring Easter eggs, and making fresh garden salads can all provide opportunities for residents to socialize as they prepare the food.
Holiday programs: Some ideas include holding a Labor day picnic and inviting residents' families, offering Halloween trick-or-treating so children from the surrounding community can go from room to room gathering treats, and holding a Christmas decorating party to trim the tree. Other ideas include holding an Easter egg hunt for the residents' grandchildren, or having a 4th of July celebration that might even include watching the local fireworks display. You might even consider holding a New Year's Eve celebration, although many facilities have their party in the afternoon or early evening rather than keep residents up until midnight.
Physical Activities Back to Recreation
These activities are designed to promote physical and mental health.
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Crafts Back to Recreation
Crafts provide entertainment for the residents, as well as promote manual dexterity. They can also provide residents with a sense of accomplishment and purpose that can be very beneficial to their state of mind. Consider the following crafts, but don't hesitate to ask the residents themselves which kinds of crafts they are interested in.