One-on-One Activity Ideas for Seniors & the ElderlyOne-on-one visits allow caregivers to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many fun & stimulating activities to enjoy.
This was a very sucessful activity! So much fun and great for residents that don't want to join in with group activities and also ones that are in bed, just attach the picture to a clip board and help/guide them with placing the stickers.
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This activity is excellent for reminiscing and it is suitable for residents with Dementia and Alzheimer's where the long term memory is preserved. It is most suitable for one-to-one sessions but it can be done as a group activity as well if the residents can fill the document by themselves or if you have support from volunteers.
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When we have a new Client attend our Day Respite Centre I use the Eco Map idea as a great way to gather useful information specific to the Client. This activity is very useful for our Clients living with Dementia or have STML.
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Not every resident attends group activities, and it can be a serious struggle to find ways to get them engaged with recreation. Intentionally curated carts and baskets can increase your reach and keep your residents happily active.
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Seniors who live in assisted living communities can struggle to feel connected and make friends. Activity Professionals play an important role in keeping residents socially connected by encouraging participation in creative ways.
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Touch is important for everyone; it is an essential part of our well-being. For the elderly, the healing power of human touch cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately, many seniors do not experience the simple act of touch on a daily basis.
Elderly people who are confined to bed for long periods of time because of diagnosis or frailty often experience severe mood swings. They get tired of sitting or lying down, become bored with life and miss social contact with others.
Everyone responds instinctively to music. A person’s ability to engage in music often remains intact far into the advanced stages of dementia. Music triggers certain networks of the brain that benefit people suffering from difficulties with language, cognition, or motor control.
Sensory stimulation with familiar scents. A fun activity for seniors and the elderly living with dementia.
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.
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.
Maintaining a weather station is an absorbing activity suitable for any time of the year. Men in particular will love this activity!
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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The benefits of sensory activities in dementia care cannot be underestimated. It can be as simple as taking your resident to the garden or using a diffuser with some lavender and geranium essential oils in the sitting room.
This is a wonderful sensory activity that can reduce anxiety, provide reassurance and a sense of comfort.
Sensory stimulation. Reduce stiffness. A good alternative if your client cannot use the bath.
Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity. Ideal for people living with dementia.
Visit each resident with your trolley delivering pancakes with their favourite topping. We find everyone loves the 1:1 interaction. Assistance may be needed for some to eat the pancakes but this is easily overcome by visiting those residents last or visiting at mealtime.
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It is not uncommon for seniors living in assisted-living facilities to lack mental stimulation and social contact. Recreation Therapists often use one-on-one visits to respond to the needs of those who avoid social settings. There are many enjoyable games and activities that can keep minds and bodies strong and active.
Assist the elderly to maintain their interest in reading. A good opportunity for one-on-one time as you make your way around to all bedrooms. Discuss the book they have or the book they are about to read.
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As a way to reach those residents who do not enjoy group activities we have created a mobile library.
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Once a fortnight as a change from icecream trolley, we have a milkshake trolley known as the 'Moo Mobile'
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Our rec staff have a lolly/treat trolley (a bit like a pink lady trolley in the hospitals).
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Here is a sample of a Life Story Template for you to use.
These are only ideas, you may have questions of your own relevant to the person you are talking to.
For facilities that have people from a cultural and linguistic diverse background (CALD) it is a good idea to make a 'Radio Guide' with musical and talk-shows programs to suit each individual.
Each resident will bring her own handbag to be cleaned-up. The idea is to have them engaging in cleaning up and talking about the contents of their handbags.
We introduced mobile activities for those residents who choose to stay in their rooms or choose to not attend activities.
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Improve dexterity (grasping objects) and practice decision-making.
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day
Calm the mind and cleanse the spirit with essential oils. A lovely activity for seniors.
Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.
This is a wonderful one-on-one activity for the elderly, including those living with dementia. It promotes memory recall and reinforces self-worth by validating their past lives.