7 Great Ideas for Nursing Home Activities
Here at Brooksville Health Care Center, we want to make each day special for our residents. Our calendar is filled with engaging and fun activities that match the physical and cognitive abilities of our residents.
Listed below are seven activities that will keep residents entertained, but also offer physical and mental benefits.
- Birthday Parties
Birthdays are a time to celebrate, and as we age, it becomes even more meaningful! Residents can decorate a room for a fellow resident’s birthday, help with party favors or set up the party.
- Ice Cream Social
This is always a hit with residents. A variety of flavors, yummy toppings like hot fudge, strawberry, and whipped cream, and maybe a few extras like sprinkles, crushed Oreos, peanuts, and cherries. You’ve got an ice cream party!
Think about group sing-alongs with songs from different eras. Ask residents what their favorite songs are, invite local musicians, and plan to take plenty of pictures and videos!
- Pet Therapy
Make arrangements for certified therapy pets to visit the community. Make sure residents are allowed to interact with the pets, such as holding a guinea pig or petting a dog. It has been known to be very therapeutic for those who enjoy animals, and for those who are more reserved, it can be very beneficial.
In addition to providing entertainment for residents, crafts also promote manual dexterity. Additionally, they can provide residents with a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
- Life Story Exercises
Seniors may find no more meaningful activity than preserving their own unique life story, either through writing or by putting together photos and mementos in scrapbooks. Sharing stories of travel and work experience not only allows residents to get to know each other better but also opens up future conversation opportunities and friendships.
- Wii Sports
Those sports-minded seniors may not be able to shoot baskets anymore, but they can play a variety of games on Wii, including bowling, tennis, golf, and more.
If your loved one loves activities, you need to check out the amazing activities we have at Brooksville Health Care Center in Brooksville, FL. Follow us on Facebook to see the fun weekly!