Good Bye Nursing Homes, Say Hello to Fun & Care Homes: Part 1

Gone are the days when old age people went to a nursing homes and did nothing.   These days there are residential care homes that offer activities to enrich residents lives.  Providing nursing home residents with exciting activities is a crucial part of improving their way of life. Below are ideas for the kind of activities that will meet the ever-changing needs of the people in their care.

Social Activities.

Resident Playing Cards

These activities are intended to keep residents engaged and entertained, however, many provide physical and mental benefits as well.

Birthday Parties

There are lots of opportunities for activities here. Some people might like to take part in beautifying a room for a fellow inhabitant’s party. Others may like to help bake a yummy cake. The party could be set up as a private affair for the resident and his or her family, or it could include fellow residents in accordance with the birthday honoree’s preferences.

Ice Cream Socials

This is always a hit with people. You will need chocolate and vanilla ice cream, along with favorite toppings like hot fudge, strawberry sauce, and whipped cream, and perhaps a few extras such as sprinkles, crushed Oreos, peanuts and cherries. People can select their favorites to make a delicious sundae.

Tailgate Parties

Weather permitting, cordon off a segment of the parking lot and hire staff or volunteers to park their cars together and then set up a cooking area to grill brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Furthermore, set up tables where people can eat, and bring everybody back inside to the day room to watch a movie on TV.

Holiday Programs

Some ideas consist of holding a Labor Day picnic and inviting residents’ friends and families, offering Halloween trick-or-treating so kids from the surrounding community could go from room to room gathering treats, as well as hold a Christmas decorating party to trim the tree. You can also consider holding a New Year’s Eve celebration, even though many facilities have their party in the afternoon or early evening instead of keep residents up until midnight.

Musical Events

Consider group sing-alongs with songs from several decades. Ask residents about their favored songs and make a playlist. Invite choir groups or musicians for performances. Take everyone on a field trip to show.

Board Games and Cards

Residents can be grouped as per their cognitive abilities to play games at numerous levels, from Candyland to Yahtzee to poker and much more. Bingo is immensely prevalent with residents, and they can play it for small treats and prizes.

To be continued…

 

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