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10 Care Home Activities For Physical And Mental Wellbeing

April 20th, 2024

Care home activities are an essential part of the living experience in a care home. The range of activities in a care home will vary to allow for residents’ different interests, and take into account any medical conditions that may be physically or mentally limiting. Activities in care homes are not only good for physical and mental wellbeing, but encourage socialisation and ensure that residents have fun and spend time doing things they enjoy. 

The Benefits Of Care Home Activities

senior woman smiling doing activities in a care home

When we come up with our care home activities ideas, we consider what benefit each activity will have for our residents. Delivering meaningful activities in care homes means that as well as making sure they’re entertaining for residents, we strive to ensure they get something from each activity. These are some of the many benefits of our care home activities:

Mental Stimulation

Keeping your mind sharp and active is incredibly important, which is why you can expect to find plenty of mentally stimulating activities in a care home. Puzzles, trivia games, or memory exercises are regularly included in group activity sessions, and board games are always available for residents to use as they please. Technology-based activities, such as using tablets, computers and brain apps, can also be beneficial.

Social Interaction

Care home activities are vital for preventing loneliness and isolation in seniors. Creating opportunities for residents to connect with each other, and with staff members, is a priority. Activities such as bingo, book clubs, or art classes give residents the chance to interact, share experiences, and build friendships. Regular social events like movie nights, dances, or themed parties can also create a sense of community and belonging.

Physical Exercise

Staying active is crucial for maintaining mobility, strength, and overall health. Physical activities in a care home incorporate exercise programmes that take into account residents’ individual abilities. This means developing care home activity ideas that also work for those with mobility issues or chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Activities might include yoga, gentle stretching, or seated aerobics. Regular walks and outdoor gardening also provide opportunities for light exercise and a chance to get out in the fresh air. 

Creativity

Many care home residents will have had creative careers or enjoyed creative hobbies before moving into a care home. We strive to support residents in maintaining these passions and interests through our care home activities. Creative expression fosters a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment, and brings great joy. Whether that’s through art workshops, creative writing or music, creative activities in care homes can evoke memories, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation. 

Emotional Wellbeing

Taking part in any kind of activity, whether physical, mental or creative, is good for overall emotional wellbeing. Engaging in positive experiences gives residents a sense of purpose and can increase feelings of satisfaction and overall happiness. Emotional wellbeing can also be enhanced with care home activities that bring together different generations. Visits from local school children or youth organisations, such as Brownies or Scouts, are great opportunities for all parties to share experiences and learn from one another. Intergenerational friendships are valuable for everyone involved, helping seniors to stay young at heart, and giving younger people experiences to learn from.

What Does A Care Home Activities Coordinator Do?

A care home activities coordinator is responsible for organising activities in a care home, and leading staff to deliver these activities to residents. Each care home will have a care home activities coordinator that creates a schedule of events that provides social interaction, mental stimulation, and physical exercise. They will tailor this to the needs of their residents so that everyone can be involved in some kind of activity throughout the day. 

Other staff members will help to create fun and engaging activities, and volunteers and external organisations might also be involved, for example, when planning events, outings, or special celebrations for residents. A care home activities coordinator plays a vital role in enhancing the daily experiences of residents in a care home environment.

10 Activities To Do In A Care Home

movie night during care home activities

There should be activities in care homes every day, with a regularly scheduled programme of events for residents to refer to and include a mix of creative, physical and mental exercises. As residents have different needs, these will also be taken into account when planning the programme of activities. For dual-registered care homes that offer several care services under one roof, the differing needs and abilities of residents will be considered carefully. For example, the difference between residential care homes and nursing homes comes down to the medical needs of the residents, so organising activities for everyone is important for inclusivity and enjoyment.

Meaningful Activities In Care Homes

We strive to make everything we do have purpose and these are some of the activities we organise that encourage mindfulness or get our residents thinking:

1. Wellbeing Walks 

There are daily walks around the grounds of each New Care Home, guided by staff to ensure the security and safety of residents. These walks provide gentle exercise, and get residents talking. 

2. Nature Club

Nature Club lets residents spend time enjoying nature, and might include gardening sessions or even simply completing a jigsaw in an outdoor setting to enjoy fresh air.

3. Book Club

Book club is always one of the popular and meaningful activities in care homes. Residents can read a book and then spend time discussing it, which is great for mental stimulation and socialisation.

Indoor Activities For Care Homes 

With unpredictable weather and cold winters, we have to have lots of care home activities that take place indoors:

4. Dances

Dance classes or disco clubs are perfect indoor activities for care homes and appeal to those residents who enjoy music and dancing, and can be a really good way to boost energy levels.

5. Movie Afternoons

There are lots of opportunities for residents to watch their favourite films, and this is one of the much-loved indoor activities for care homes.

6. Baking

As well as being an interactive and rewarding activity, baking also means that residents get to enjoy their efforts afterwards, usually with a nice cup of tea.

Nursing Home Activities

Residents in a nursing home often have more complicated medical conditions than those in residential care. This means tailoring activities and finding things that everyone can get involved with in some way:

7. Choir

Singing is an excellent way to relieve stress and even boost immunity. You don’t have to be good at singing to enjoy it either. Our choir sessions are open to all residents and are a fun and enriching part of our care home activities programme.  

8. Bingo

Bingo is an ever-popular game that encourages socialisation and is also great for mental stimulation and agility. Residents in nursing homes who have limited mobility can still enjoy a game of bingo with the help of staff or other residents, and there are fun prizes on offer too.

Dementia Activities In A Care Home

Care home activities for dementia patients are designed to improve quality of life, maintain cognitive function, and promote social interaction among residents. Some dementia activities in a care home include:

9. Magic Tables

Magic tables are specifically designed for the needs of dementia patients and have a range of interactive activities that residents can enjoy. They can help to activate memories and engage multiple senses, which is of great benefit to those living with dementia.

10. Quiet Moments 

During quiet moments, residents in a care home get to spend time in a relaxing environment which might involve dim lighting, gentle meditation or soft music. This is especially good for those living with dementia who can become over stimulated and need extra rest and relaxation.

Wellbeing At New Care Homes

Wellbeing activities in care homes are meticulously planned to ensure they offer something for everyone, and are enriching and rewarding experiences. Whether they involve a day trip or an afternoon discussing books, making time for activities is essential for improving overall wellbeing. This is why we have a packed programme of activities in our care homes

If you’re wondering how to choose a care home and want to know that your loved one will receive not only a high standard of care, but will also enjoy an excellent quality of life, please contact us to ask any questions. We would also love to show you around any of our locations across the UK, which include homes in Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Cheshire.