What kind of activities take place in care & nursing homes?

November 08, 2019

In Holmes Care Group

Activities within a Care and Nursing Home can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of residents. This is becoming more important as Alzheimer’s becomes an increasingly common condition for the elderly. Reminding residents of their youth and keeping their mind and body active has never been more important in care.

What activities actually take place in a Care and Nursing Home?

Activities that take place in Care and Nursing Homes depends on the home and the staff team. Recreational day to day activities are organised for residents throughout the day, and can include things like basic exercises, newspaper readings, music listening and dance sessions, as well as outdoor walks. All of these aim to make sure residents are engaged within the home and with the staff team.

Hosting seasonal activities, larger parties and regular trips to the local area or seaside engage residents and provide a great way to make new memories for  them. Some activities that take place are:

  • Quizzes
  • Sing-a-long
  • Scrapbooking
  • Dance Sessions
  • Walking
  • Seated Yoga
  • Bingo
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Dominoes and Board Games

How are activities and events organised?

Organising activities and events takes a lot of work, and because of this many Care and Nursing Homes hire an experienced Activities Coordinator to focus on the day to day admin, as well as organising exciting  days out, events and daily activities to stimulate residents.

The role of an Activities Coordinator varies but is becoming an increasingly more important role as the care industry begins to understand just how much elderly residents’ mental wellbeing affects their overall health.

How do activities benefit residents?

Activities in care homes make a huge difference to the wellbeing of residents. As the elderly population increases so does research, and with that, researchers have been able to determine just how much of a difference activities like dancing, yoga, singing and walking can have on those living with some of the most debilitating health conditions.

Research, particularly in Dementia, shows that music and keeping active is vital to the long term wellbeing of those who are living with the illness. Reminding residents of their youth and the powerful memories they hold is key to keeping those memories alive for longer, and whilst with  Dementia there is still no known cure for the illness, activities like music, dancing etc. have been  leading treatments for many elderly residents to live a longer life.

Activities in care homes are understood to be more beneficial than ever and are vital for the residents wellbeing.

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