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Christine

Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator From Nelson, New Zealand


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Christine 12th May 2019 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

Bird Types Matching Game

We did this yesterday and found them really engaged, which for a memory care area is sometimes hard. We started by putting home made bird seed feeders into trees on our courtyard, then putting photos out for them to try and recognise before telling them the facts. I then used you tube to put identifying bird sounds with photos and they really liked that part, so we used our senses with touch, visual and hearing.
Christine 19th Feb 2019 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

Games We Played as Kids Quiz

Get the staff involved, especially with the hula hooping, gets the residents really laughing.
Also remember to ask residents what other games they played, it gets them reminiscing and gives you good ideas for future activities.
Christine 29th Aug 2018 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

Scent Guessing

I created a sensory theme afternoon, with essential oils burning, strawberry scented candles, lava lamps, salt lamps, electric lighting, soothing music, herbs to smell, salted dough and mystery bean bags to touch. I closed curtains to create an effect and atmosphere. Very well received and lots of nice comments.
Christine 28th Aug 2018 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

Try a New Brew

I organised this with two different groups and each one got very positive feedback. Set the table nicely with colourful tablecothes, lace doilies, fresh flowers, china cups and saucers and little teapots. Sit the residents in a semi circle around table and do one tasting at a time, asking opinions and their thoughts. Give them time to answer and taste before brewing next flavour in a separate pot. I chose 5 teas including some herbal ones and 3 coffees. Keep boxes on table from teas you have brought so they can see and touch packaging. I also got them to smell teabags before brewing to see if they would like to taste as not all flavours appealed to everyone. Residents really enjoyed the whole experience.
Christine 25th Jul 2018 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

How to make a Dream Catcher

We made these using old doilies as the centre piece and tied them onto ring with wool. We then dangled craft acrylic with beads and feathers attached. The residents really liked the end result and look terrific in their rooms.
Christine 19th Feb 2018 Activities & Lifestyle Coordinator

Competitive Tabletop Badminton Balloon Bowling (it makes sense, I promise)

We played this today, and it was a lot of fun. Participants laughed and enjoyed using long pool noodles to bat the balloon and knock down the bowling pins. Great game! There was a few observing that usually don't bother, so it was encouraging.
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