Physical and mental stimulation are vital to avoid loneliness and frustration. We commit a healthy budget to activities, bringing in paid and non-paid visiting entertainers and facilitators on a regular basis.Joanna, our Activities Co-ordinator arranges an ongoing programme of activities which is adapted to suit the needs and abilities of our residents.
We find that for most people the morning is the best time for activities and every day we run a different type of morning activity which over the course of a week usually includes:
- a sing-along
- arts and crafts
- reminiscence – using board games, puzzles, picture cards and life history questioning
- exercise such as wheelchair football, basketball and hoopla
- word games which we adapt to suite the ability of the residents and this may include scrabble, cross-word puzzles and noughts and crosses
In the afternoon the activity depends on the residents. For some who tend to be sleepy it might include a film or music in the lounge or interacting with friends. Our residents suffering from Dementia tend to require more stimulation and have several activities each day often with the help of carers and volunteers.
The following people visiting the home on a regular basis: