The Best Activities for Care Home Residents

by | Sep 22, 2021

For care home residents, taking part in organised activities is a great way to keep both the mind and body active. Research from Age UK suggests that there is a link between organised activities and wellbeing – people who have a shared interest, generally speaking, feel more content.

There are a huge number of different activities you can do from quizzes to arts and crafts, which all can be carried out following the current Covid-19 regulations.

Here are some great ideas to get started with:

Crafting

Crafting activities not only are fun to take part in but can help to promote manual dexterity as well as a sense of accomplishment and purpose for care home residents. Craft type activities could include:

  • Card making
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Painting and finger painting

Games and Puzzles

Taking part in games and puzzles can provide care home residents with a sense of enjoyment and a bit of fun as well. Jigsaws, board games and even bingo, which can be played with small treats as prizes for winners, are all firm favourites.

Music and Singing

Music has been proven to have a positive effect on elderly people, especially those with dementia. Putting on music quizzes will be a great way to trigger memories and allow residents to reminiscence about favourite songs of years gone by. Getting the residents to all take part in a group sing-a-long is another fun activity. If possible, print out song sheets so that all the residents can follow along even if they don’t know the words.

Music is really important to all the residents at Sydenham House Care Home and we were very lucky to receive a visit from the wonderful Mindsong recently. Mindsong provides music therapy for residents in care homes and day centres. In our specially created Covid-19 outdoor space, our residents had a wonderful time singing along with each other and the lovely team from Mindsong, which highlighted just how important music and singing is to elderly people.

Exercise

Gentle exercise can really help to invigorate residents and can easily be adapted to individual physical capabilities. For those residents who have a good level of mobility, a simple walk in the fresh air every day can be good for both the mind and body. For those who are slightly less mobile, playing catch and throw with a soft ball (such as a beach ball) will still provide them with some level of physical activity.

Relaxation

Relaxation type activities should not be overlooked for care home residents. Hand massages would very much be enjoyed by many female residents and are very relaxing. Introducing yoga and seated yoga as an activity may also be enjoyed by many residents and can help improve overall strength and flexibility.

The team at Sydenham House want all their residents to experience a full and active social life and provide a regular programme of activities on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups. There even is a nearby farm with residents enjoying regular visits to take care of the animals.

If you would like to find out more about the range of activities on offer for residents at Sydenham House, please contact us directly.