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Solange 28th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

5 of Quiz

Hi Lindsey, the quiz answers are five of whatever was said. e.g 'exotic fruit': Lychee, mango, banana, carambola, papaya - and so on. Cheers!
Solange 28th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

Carpet Bowls

HI, Michelle, the system of playing is exactly like for Indoor Bowls: the team that scores the most balls closer to the jack wins. Here is how it goes:
Carpet Bowls Rules
The game is usually played up to 21 points
Two teams of 3 or 4 people
Each team picks one set of balls
As I said above the score is measured by the number of bowls closer to the Jack
The team that wins the match gets 2 points, if there is a draw it is one point for each team.
The first team throws balls followed by the second team and then records the score. How many points did each team get?
Keep going this way until one team gets 21 points.
NOTE: Having said that, of course, you adapt the game to suit the skills of the residents.
Instead of counting points, you can establish how many games are going to be played instead. This way many people interested in playing can have a go. So, for instance: 2 teams, 4 games - the team with the most points wins. You can adapt the game for certain residents (e.g. residents in wheelchairs) and leave the instructions above for low care, mobile residents. Anyway, you are the best judge in which manner you adapt the game.
It was very popular in my last place of work, we played every fortnight on a Friday at 3 pm and then had a Happy Hour.
Solange 26th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist


Hi Julie, boxing as an exercise with a punching bag (blow-up or not) should be done with a professional coach’s advice for safety's sake. On the other hand, I have seen it being used the way children use it but with one difference; elderly people were sitting down on a chair in front of the punch-bag. To look the part they wore boxing gloves. Then, they took turns to hit the punch- ball - all the way to the floor if possible - and someone kept a record of it. The group (2 groups of 3) that had punched the bag all the way to the floor the most won the game. The men loved it.
Solange 26th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist


You are welcome, Penny. Good luck!
Solange 24th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

Collective Nouns for World Animal Day

Hi Myra, what a great idea to add passwords. Thank you for sharing.
Solange 24th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist


Hi Penny, you could try buying a Birdhouse kit for him to put together and to paint it. Another idea is to get an old chair (Salvation Army) and some sandpaper for him to ‘restore’ it. Also, we have some lively maths games that may be of interest, and the Weather Station for seniors; both are worthwhile trying. The best of luck!
Solange 24th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist


Hi Bernard, that is so kind of you to spend time with the residents. If the restriction of the Pandemic is not so severe, you may start as a volunteer. Ask staff to help you choose 3 or 4 residents to play cards. Teach them easy games. Soon you will get to know them better and then you diversify; reading the news, and special interest articles, having your own ‘Happy Hour’, watching something exciting on TV, going for a walk in the park, assembling birdhouses kit.
Solange 12th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

Spring Crossword

Thank you, Tammy, your feedback is really appreciated.
Solange 11th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

Diners Club

Well done Kay! Thank you for sharing.
Solange 9th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist

Anagram Quiz #4

HI, Sharon, thank you very much for the feedback. It means a lot to us and we appreciate your
taking time to write.