Most Commented Activities on Golden Carers
There's nothing like a good laugh! Scroll through for some hilarious jokes that have been shared by people working with seniors!. Please add your jokes to the comments section of this page!
Very Popular! Mental stimulation, social interaction, promotion of self worth
Celebrate spring at your nursing home by making a gorgeous dream tree composed of spring flowers and blossoms!
Gentle exercise for the arms as well as an opportunity to socialize! Great for game for the elderly. Also suitable for people living with dementia.
20 activities for the elderly with dementia. The following ideas may be used on a one-to-one basis and others may be suitable for small groups depending on their abilities. These dementia activities are designed to promote and maintain existing skills.
A reminiscing magazine for every day in January! Enjoy a full page of information about every day of the year, including important historical events, short bios, jokes, quotes, and fun brain teasers.
Here is the over 80s song quiz that was requested.
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Sample monthly and weekly activity calendars for activity coordinators working in nursing homes. I know from experience that when i first started at a rest home I was thrown in the deep end, and I just thought by sharing this it may help out a newbie to develop their activities program. This is a wonderful resource to help you plan ahead. Thanks to everyone who has shared their calendar.
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Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise
Have fun decorating international flags.
Armchair Travel takes people to faraway places without leaving home. It provides a sensory experience and the opportunity to learn about exotic lands and important past events in a meaningful manner. This is a wonderful activity for seniors living in nursing homes and suitable for people with dementia.
These touchy-feely sensory pouches (also known as squish bags and sensory pads) are a wonderful way to explore the senses. They are also so easy to make! Making sensory pouches is a quick and inexpensive way to make an engaging and relaxing sensory activity for people living with dem
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Anna is a 79 year old lady living with 2nd stage dementia. She seems to understand what staff say but is very slow to respond. She is restless most of the day, sitting for only minutes at time...
Doll Therapy can provide satisfaction and comfort to people with dementia or Alzheimers. It provides them with the opportunity to nurture and satisfy an emotional need that wouldn’t be fulfilled otherwise.
Reminiscing with the elderly is a wonderful way to validate the lives of individuals and provide seniors with a sense of purpose, especially those living with dementia. Reminiscing activities also encourage social interaction and promote interpersonal skills.
There are two ways to play this game.
Great for dementia patients!
People living with dementia can benefit greatly from exposure to soothing and sensory environments.
Compassion fatigue has been described as 'running on empty', it happens when you focus on meeting the physical and emotional needs of your clients at the expense of your own.
There is hardly anything more rewarding for activity coordinators than an increase in resident participation. Weeks of hard work are paid off!
It is even more gratifying to see a resident who repeatedly declines to join activities walk into the recreation area for a concert, game or to participate in a trivia or discussion group. Here are a few tips that may help improve participation rates at your facility. Some you may be using already, others you may not have tried for a while.
Encouraging the elderly to participate in scheduled activities can be challenging. Lack of engagement is a common problem. It is important that you identify any barriers - whether perceived or real - that might be preventing residents from getting involved.
Say 'hello' in 25+ different languages! If you have a client from a country not listed here, find out how they say 'hello' in their language.
A Guide for Activity Coordinators working in Senior Care. Ask your clients for feedback regarding your Program and how to improve it. Survey template included.
For the elderly who loved to read all their lives, listening to someone read to them can bring profound comfort and joy. Why not start a Read-Aloud Readers Group activity at your facility; a Book Club with a difference! Read-aloud activities are an intervention well worth pursuing.
Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity. Ideal for people living with dementia.
Beautiful scrapbooks made from recycled magazines. Make them to suit the interests of individuals. A wonderful activity for seniors living with dementia.
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A reminiscing magazine for every day in February!
This fun and simple game is great for seniors including people living with dementia. Includes well known sayings, idioms and proverbs that they will remember from their past.
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day
Who doesn't have a deck with missing cards? In my house we have at least half a dozen incomplete decks. Don’t throw them out, use them for Hoy!
Have some fun having a 'Spot the Differences' contest.
Alzheimer's Disease affects people in different ways. Rather than focusing on the disease and impairment, we should aim to identify each person's strengths and remaining abilities and find activities to support these. Here are 15 Activities For Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease.
Cue Cards or Communication Cards are visual tools that can be used to overcome communication difficulties with clients living with dementia. They assist and support caregivers, staff and volunteers to engage with the person in their care.
After watching a Montessori video I decided to make my own resources. As dementia clients retain the ability to read for a long time I use words to match with pictures.
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The Horse-Race game is a great way to spend the morning on Melbourne Cup Day!
This is a fun activity for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The elderly won't stay up until midnight to wish each other a 'HAPPY NEW YEAR'! Don't let that stop you from celebrating the passage of the year.
Maintaining a weather station is an absorbing activity suitable for any time of the year. Men in particular will love this activity!
Make clients feel special and keep hands and nails clean.
The documentation process varies from facility to facility but there are usually three important steps to follow.
VIDEO Instructions included! Make bow ties in a craft session and give it to your male residents on Father’s Day to help celebrate this festive occasion.
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During your working hours, you will see many clients outside of programmed activities; seize the opportunity and engage with them. It will only take a minute or two and can transform someone's state of mind and lift their spirits more than you can imagine.
This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.
We are currently running a 10 day living eggs program in our facility where we have had 10 chicken eggs delivered in an incubator.
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Most long term care facilities have some residents who are ‘loners’ or ‘introverts’; they enjoy being in their bedrooms and do not often pursue interaction with others.
Music has been proven to be very beneficial for the elderly in long term care, particularly those living with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Here are some wonderful free playlists of famous songs from the 40s, 50s & 60s!
I trust that you are looking ahead into the new year with confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment coupled with your most celebrated characteristic: compassion.
Here are some aromatherapy blend ideas to soothe different conditions. A wonderful activity for the elderly in nursing homes.
A regal and fun morning tea! Dressing up, fancy hats, petit fours, pastries, cucumber sandwiches and cakes all served on delicate china cups.
Plan your own Mini Olympics for the Elderly in Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Facilities.
What a spectacular event and what a great opportunity to make your facility buzz with excitement!
We all know that exercise is good for us but for some reason, the older we get, the less we do. Contrary to popular belief, poor balance and muscle weakness has a lot more to do with inactivity than age.
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I would love you to display this poem that I wrote many years ago, I wrote it on behalf of a wife whose husband had dementia in the Nursing Home.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem Kerry.
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