Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day
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  • Sensory stimulation
  • Relaxation and enjoyment


  • A nice quiet place with a comfortable chair and some soft music playing
  • A variety of facial cleansers and moisturizers
  • A box of tissues, face cloth and facial towels
  • A bowl of scented warm water (a drop of rose essential oil wil do)
  • Make-up (optional) - to apply after the facial


  • Seat your resident and explain what you are doing as you do it.
  • Invite them to smell the cleansers and moisturisers available and choose which ones they would like.
  • Use a face cloth to prepare the skin with warm scented water.
  • Apply cleanser and gently massage for 10 minutes.
  • Wipe the face clean with the warm face cloth and dab with facial tissues to dry. 
  • Gently apply moisturizer.
  • Ask resident if they would like you to apply some make-up (lipstick, blush, eyeliner).
  • Thank your resident for coming and offer them a cup of tea and buscuits.

The facial should take a minimum of 20 minutes.

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Anne Walton 29th Apr 2023
I’m 79 years old and have training in aromatherapy and I love doing facial and head massages as well as makeup though I’m not so good on my legs I’m more than capable to do sessions of face head and massages and makeup .
I’m board and need to do something with people to give them pleasure and lift me at the same time , young at hart and very lonely looking for to be useful.
Susan 2nd May 2023 Activity Director
Hi Anna, I think sensory activities are what you are looking for
Susan 4th Oct 2021 Activity Director
Hi Grace
The therapist is right not just dementia residents but any resident could be lowered it to a product
It is best to ask your nursing staff what they recommend
Most residents have cleansing products provided by the facility so those are usually pretty safe
Grace Soh 3rd Oct 2021
I am planning do beauty therapy for dementia resident such facial wash,.facial massage plus masking.. But my occupational therapist said need to consult with my staff nurse on what products I can use for the dementia resident ... She afraid the resident may have skin allegries
May I have some suggestion or guideline on what product is best to use
Catalina 22nd Jun 2018 Activity Director
I've been activity leader in a nursing home for four years. I was promoted to take in charge as a Director of Activities. Any suggestion how to get some voluntaries to be involved in my beauty Therapy?
Talita 25th Jun 2018
Hi Catalina, we have an article about establishing a volunteer program which may be helpful:
Carol 1st Mar 2018 Activities Organiser
I do this and call it Namaste Care(Google it if you are not familiar with it)
I put on quiet classical music,light some oil burners usually with lavender essential oil,hang fairy lights around and dim the lights.
I offer Ponds face cream(it's been around for years and most recognise the smell.)
Then we offer manicure and finish with lavender hand cream.
For those who are fairly unresponsive, I offer a Swatch of different textured materials,glass people's in nice colours,marbles and those beautifully coloured small lizard type animals. I think they are stuffed with sand. You do have to watch the no-one puts the hard thing in their mouth.
Talita 3rd Mar 2018
This is lovely Carol, thanks for sharing your ideas
ruth 16th Apr 2014 Recreational Therapist
To cover infection control with foot spa use the coloured scented bags from one of the cheap shops place in foot spa before filling gives aromatherapy at same time as foot bag for each resident wash with hot soapy water between residents.
Jackie 13th Apr 2014 Lifestyle Coordinator
We have a procedure process documented on each activity - the process from start to finish is documented. This will include goals, equipment, the area, staff needed & infection control measures. This is also evaluated.
These procedures are very useful for people that are unfamiliar of how to set up the activity.
This will be sufficient evidence for Audits if needed.

Maria 14th Jul 2012
I would like to have, a infection control procedures, to put in place for the bowls, micro-face washer, etc. so than I'll be abel to follow & show the Health department during audits.
Rosina 14th Feb 2014 Client Liaison Manager
using everyday infection control would be sufficient, new bowl for each resident, new wipe all for each resident, bowls placed in sterilizer after each use, staff to wash hands before attending to next resident, all this can be documented in progress to reflect engaging resident and pampering session attended and infection control procedure
Lea 28th Mar 2014 Registered Nurse
You have nailed it Rosina !
Heather 19th May 2010 Diversional Therapist
We have a pampering day at least once a year and we get staff and volunteers involved. We have 3 or 4 foot spas going and then give foot and hand massages, someone painting fingernails, a hair dresser doing blow waves, a local masseuse doing neck and shoulder massages and some times we get one of the girls from the local pharmacy to come in for an hour and do facials. Some times we even got some of the local church ladies to come and do some flower arranging while everything else is going on. This day is always a great success. Takes a little time organising.
Solange 20th May 2010
Hi Heather,
What a great way to pamper the residents!
Well done.
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