Activity ideas for residents

Research has shown that keeping elderly residents active and entertained is crucial to maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing. For example, the Mental Health Foundation recently carried out an evidence review into the impact of participatory arts on older people. They found evidence that participating in social and creative activities can: - Increase confidence and self-esteem - Lead to feelings of accomplishment - Help older people embrace new and positive aspects to their identity and life role - Counterbalance the mental wellbeing difficulties associated with periods of loss such as low mood, anxiety and social isolation - Improved cognitive functioning, communication, self-esteem, musical skills, pleasure, enjoyment of life, particularly among older adults with dementia. - Particular art forms may lend themselves more than others to significant physical health improvements (such as cardiovascular, joint mobility and breathing control) - Increase the levels of general daily activity of older people - Provide opportunities for meaningful social contact, friendship and support Activities should therefore form a core part of the care plans for your care home residents because of the extensive benefits they can bring for residents. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you create a fun and engaging activities programme for your residents to enjoy. Relaxation ●Seated yoga - helps improve mobility and calm residents. ●Guided meditation - reduces stress and can help manage pain. There are lots of guides on youtube which can be used to plan your own sessions or projects for residents to follow. Arts and crafts ●Card making ●Scrapbooking ●Observational drawing ●Painting ●Sculpture making Arts and crafts engage the sense of touch and improve dexterity. Physical activity ●Exercise classes ●Dance ●Going to the shops ●Taking a walk in the local area ●Carpet bowls ●Gardening Stimulating the mind ●Book club meetings ●Film nights followed by discussion ●Jigsaw puzzles ●Board game ●Quizzes ●Group newspaper discussion ●Poetry writing Sensory activities ●Blind tasting competition ●Guess the bird sound ●Nostalgic music listening sessions using YouTube ●Singing sessions ●Themed food nights

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