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Karen 1st Sep 2019 Lead Activity Co-ordinator
In my facility we don't have any baking or cooking activities with the residents, because of food hygiene plus they are not allowed in any of the ancillary areas. But I thought of reading recipes with them, and talking through the method and the ingredients of making a Sunday roast with them for example, or baking a cake. They are very good at remembering the ingredients when I ask them, and show them food from their countries, and reminding them of the food that their families sometimes bring in for them. So that's how I do a "cooking" or "baking" activity with them. I know other facilities will let them participate in cooking, but ours doesn't.
Susan 1st Sep 2019 Activity Director
Karen this is a good idea
But could you make something simple such as a dip add dry onion soup to sour cream
If there is concern about Sanitary conditions then have a dip made up that you made and the residents use that one you can get crackers for them to dip into the dip
Here is another idea
https://www.goldencarers.com/cooking-with-elders-in-assisted-living-facilities/4407/
Rosa 2nd Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Karen! such a great idea, reading recipes! residents will love it as is an opportunity to recall cooking memories, even if they were not a great cooks or perhaps they were excellent cooks , they share tips and methods of cooking. Good luck!!
maybe you can be able to show some of the old and new utensils , and talk about the equipment, some photos/ short cooking videos might help to show them. :)
Love this activity
Susan 4th Sep 2019 Activity Director
Good ideas Rose
Thank you
Caitlin 12th Oct 2019 Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Are they are allowed to do a slow-cooker or bread machine activity? I like doing those since the scent lingers in the room and it's a new sense. If they are not allowed then could you at least do a cooking demo for them? Maybe a bruschetta, guacamole, or no-bake cookies?
Susan 12th Oct 2019 Activity Director
Good thoughts Caitlin

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