Group activities are extremely important. There have been many experiments investigating social interaction and they all stress the importance of people being in the presence of others.
Many people worry that moving their loved one into a care home might make that person feel alone, but usually quite the opposite is true. At Peverel Court Care, we go out of our way to make sure that there are many opportunities for our residents to interact with others and form social groups. If you’re looking for ways to bring people together in a group, here are some great ideas for activities suitable for elderly people.
- Utilise the skills of your group
Some of our ladies at Peverel Court Care like to knit. We often find they have formed their own knitting groups, sitting together in a corner of our social rooms to partake in their hobby. Find a social activity that several members of your group like to do and encourage them. They may even teach it to people who don’t know how to do it.
- Name that song
Music binds us together. Most people love it. Why not bring your group into one space and play ‘Name That Song’? Play the first few notes of a song and see if your residents can guess what it is.
- Card making
If there is a special occasion coming up like Christmas or someone’s birthday, why not spend and afternoon making cards? It’s fun and inspires conversation.
Buy a medium sized jigsaw and spend an afternoon as a group putting it together, or a giant one that remains in your social area over a period of time. Everyone can contribute to building it and, eventually, you can frame it and put it on the wall. You can even buy special puzzles using a photograph of something, like a photograph of your care home, for example.
- Trips out
At Peverel Court Care we love to have theatre and cinema nights where possible. We take some of our residents to the local town so that we can all watch a film or show together. They appreciate the change of scenery and the show usually gives everyone something to talk about.
- Film nights
Why not let your residents choose a film they want to watch and then put it on in one of your social rooms. Dish out the popcorn and the penny sweets and let the good times roll.
- Exercise classes
A number of exercise classes are easy to do. Try something like seated yoga. Exercise is productive and good for mental stimulation. You can hire professionals for a reasonable price to help deliver the sessions.
There are hundreds of guided meditation videos on YouTube, and it’s really easy to do. There’s so much emphasis on mindfulness at the moment and it’s important when it comes to relaxation. Find a quiet corner and allow your residents some designated time to chill out.
When the weather is glorious there is no better place to be than in beautiful gardens. Let your residents help you pot plants, make hanging baskets or water flowers if it interests them.
- Involve residents with everyday tasks
For some residents it will be really important that they feel as though they still have some control in caring for themselves. They may want to help tidy their own room, or set the table, sort post or fold laundry. Don’t feel guilty about letting residents get involved if they want to.