What a blessing to have found the Golden Carers website, our residents love the activities, particularly fond of visual and musical quizzes. Oh, what fun!! Thanks to all to those at Golden Carers and everyone who contributes to making this website an invaluable tool in ones' toolkit.
Some ideas we have: dropping off a care package with colored pencils, and coloring pages, word searches and puzzles and every day dropping off new sheets
Starting a pen-pal group - maybe giving each resident an anonymous resident to write a letter to?
Also, they may talk on Skype with friends and relatives, sort out clutter in closets and drawers, play Solitaire, and unravel an old wool pullover to recycle in winter. The men could indulge in making paper airplanes, doing Spot the Differences, listening to a podcast of their interest, or’ Where is Wally’ type of activities.
I like the idea of dropping off care packages to folks living at home
You can also make packages for residents in side the nursing home to give them something to do
Nother idea for inside the nursing home is to have small group activities such as trivia are reminiscing
I also like your idea about bingo through the intercom!
so they can do things in their rooms
There are some great ideas listed here from others who have read this post and forum
such as ideas suggested by Wendy
I hope Jean can help you out
This may help also
looking forward to some photos and tips to brighten up our residents days. I have already seen the impact this is having on some of our residents and it’s heartbreaking. Now more than ever we need to step up and be there for them. I’m Looking forward to seeing everyone’s new ideas.
I’m putting together display folders for each resident with pictures of their loved ones, events they have attended, things they have been doing & more.
We already have a Pen Pal program with our local school, which continued today (letters were dropped off) but with the closures this may need to pause. So in light of that I will be implementing a regular mail service between family members and residents. This will hopefully stimulate their minds, promote happiness and keep families connected. These can be simple cards or letters either way they will be staying connected to loved ones.
I will be looking into setting up a Skype account to help with face to face communication (from a distance).
As most of our external services have been postponed I have contacted contacted local parishes and some are going online. Which will hopefully provide the religious connection.
So this may be something happening in your area.
We will be implementing smaller groups with different stations.
Looking at any suggestions ❤️
Live smart and stay safe.
Taking a library trolley around to Residents rooms.
Lending DVD & CD to Residents to watch or listen to in there room.
Writing letters to friends overseas, family & friends with a picture of Resident inside.
Doing exercises in Residents rooms 1-1, I have found that this is all working & keeping everyone happy.
I took a video of a husband & wife on there I phone, this was very special. As asked them question about there life together, all smiles and laughter.Extremely precious moment residents wife was thrilled to bits.
Good luck everyone during this hard time.
You have great ideas
I don’t know how many Windows you have at your facility but If there is enough observations space Maybe you could have entertainers performing on the outside of your facility
Maybe others could do the same
Of course if someone has a smart phone you could forward the video that you took to them
Great idea Julianne thank you
Just be careful of infection control when you have traveling cart
Thank you for sharing
Have you read these articles because there are many good ideas
I especially like hallway games where you sit in the hallway and conduct the activity
You have to make sure the resident does not come out of his room
You could call each resident in the hallway first to tell them the activity is coming up and that they must stay in their room to play
You could also have each person make a sign are you could have premade and then they could decorated the sign might say
You need to stay in your room sorry for the inconvenience
Then hang it up in the room so they are reminded they cannot leave the room
a box full of different fabric texture for sensory feeling
Sorting by shape, and size (lids, large buttons) https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=sorting%20by%20shape&stp=1
Thank you for all your great information
It would be nice if they were like you do a hallway game where the residents sit by their doors and you could play bingo or those who like to read you could tell them that the other residents are at their doorway and they can hear you
I love the idea of a deck of cards because there are so many things you can do with it
You could buy a lot of decks because it fairly inexpensive
You don’t even have to give each resident a full deck
There are so many ways to match the card numbers colors highest to lowest lowest to highest etc.
I hope the residence are able to use the telephone and their family could call them or you could call them
Thank you for all you do and good luck
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon
Yesterday we had lots of fun making Tik Tok films
This sounds wonderful
I do not know what type of coloring you are doing but mandalas are certainly very relaxing with that they create their own color one in
Of course at this time they would have to do them individually
Thank you for your feedback
I never used zoom so I’m not sure I could help but I think you can show please reply to this
Thank you for this and for all you do