How to start a Leisure & Lifestyle Program for Aged Care

How to start a Leisure & Lifestyle Program for Aged Care

Found in: Activities Articles Dementia

Starting a Leisure and Lifestyle Program for residents in nursing homes and long term care requires creative thinking and enthusiasm. Your main point of reference will be the assessment of your clients.


Anne B 27th Feb 2016
Bingo suitable for Alzheimers
I made up a bingo that goes up to the number 40. I printed A5 size bingo cards and laminated them so clients can mark them with markers and they are easily wiped clean. the bingo balls are from a children's plastic ball pool large and colourful. I wrote the number on each ball with permanent marker. some times each client picks out a ball and sometimes if we have a client who can't play the bingo they will pick out the balls. we say rhymes/ songs associated with each number, ie 3 three blind mice....., 16 one client sings "sweet sixteen and never been kissed" and so on. everyone helps wipe the cards afterwards. The game is short and the clients don't lose interest so we often play two or three games.
Talita 20th Mar 2016
Love your DIY bingo game Anne, thanks for sharing. This sounds wonderful!
Tonianne 6th May 2014
We have a male resident who was a very keen gardener, so we have planted tomatoes, and he has taken over collecting them every day, plus watering them.

he and another resident, were given the task of potting up the tomato plants for our market day, and working on the stall selling them! was a real win win!!
Taryn 12th Jan 2014
I'm so glad I found this site! It's great to be able to share all our ideas around with others that work in the same industry and how wonderful, that our clients benefit from it!
rebecca harris 25th Nov 2013
thank you for your heip
Solange 11th Jul 2013
Hi Norene, one good card game is the 'Memory Game". Start with only two suits, say Hearts and Spades. Choose 40 cards; 20 of each suit, give to one participant to shuffle and then to another to cut. Give the cut parts to two participants to place on the table upside down. Each participant has a go at turning 2 cards up; if they match he keeps them; if not cards are returned to upside down place. The next player does the same and tries to remember where the previous cards were. Play until all cards are gone. The winner is the player with the most cards. I hope your clients like this. It is a very popular game. Good luck!
Jane 11th Jul 2013
Card bingo......have 2 packs, one (large size to enhance positive outcomes) for caller and the second pack divided between players. Modify depending on level of cognition/dementia but even those quite impaired can manage 8-10.
Staff assist with residents to sort their own (each will have a natural preference)
Caller starts with cards face down and calls what it is...eight of hearts whilst allowing residents to see the card and compare/pick out their card.
All cards turned over (face down or put aside) is the winner; however to promote success call out until last card is turned over.
Great game, no cost. Residents often help each other so good social interaction as well as coordination
, thinking, strategy etc
norene 9th Jul 2013
Hi everyone you all have great ideas.
Anyone got any new simple card games for low care residents.
denise doree 5th Aug 2012
thank you for this informative information, I am a trained art therapist working within aged care. My vision is to bring sensory programs and well-being prohrams, to people living with dimentia and pyscical disabilities using 'person centred approach'.
janet ross 1st Feb 2012
thanks this has given me same help as im still studying leisure and lifestyle its so hard to get them motivated thanks again janet