3 Fun Ideas For Your Next Nursing Home VisitPosted on January 6, 2015 by ElderCare Resources in Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver Education, Nursing Homes, Senior Living
Fun Activities for Seniors in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Providing nursing homes and assisted living residents with fun and stimulating activities is an important part of improving their quality of life.
Senior care should always be as personalized as possible. In fact, the benefits of an individualized and well-thought out program are more and more documented. Meaning, this stuff works.
Here are some simple activities ideas that can help bring out an older family member’s humor, energy and personality. Many of which offer mental and physical benefits as well.
Cards and board games
Bingo is immensely popular with residents, but it would be a good idea to introduce a variety of card and board games, especially the ones that could be stimulating for the mind. Keeping the mind sharp is important for people of all ages, but it’s even more important as we get older.
Group the residents according to their cognitive abilities and encourage them to play games like Poker, Yahtzee or Candyland. You can also give prizes or small treats to the winners.
Music stimulates the brain. One study revealed that older adults who play musical instruments scored better in cognitive exams as compared to those who do not.
Considering that not everyone knows how to play an instrument, you can opt for group sing along sessions and choose songs from various decades. Feel free to ask the seniors what their favorite songs is and include them on the list.
Humans are social animals. While there are a lot of activities that seniors can do on their own, keep in mind that group activities are significantly more satisfying.
Social activities like birthday parties and food-centered activities are a big hit with residents. Some would like to take part in decorating the hall, while others are interested in baking a cake, cookies or brownies to be served as dessert.
These events provide the perfect opportunity for the residents to socialize while preparing for the aforementioned social activities.
Published: All About Seniors, Inc.