An inclusive varied activities programme is a brilliant way of ensuring seniors in assisted living facilities receive the highest quality of life and make the most of every day. Offering senior activities for older adults to partake in on a regular basis will ensure that their time within the nursing home is as enjoyable as possible by providing a full and varied lifestyle.
Soon we will be wrapping up warm for the upcoming winter days. Because of this, it would be appropriate to tailor the activities programme to suit winter. There are numerous activities that can be brought into a care home that suit the theme of winter that are not only enjoyable, but also beneficial to the skill development of the residents. With many health benefits from staying active and having fun, we're always looking for the best ways to get residents involved with winter activities.
If you are finding to difficult to come up with suitable and fun activity ideas for older people than look no further. Because of this, we have collated a list of the best winter themed activities that you can offer to nursing home residents or your family member that don’t only include hours of fun, but also benefit their mental and physical well-being. From outdoor and indoor activities, there is plenty of festive fun winter activities that we look to involve residents in.
A perfect way to get residents in the winter spirit is by taking them out to a local pub, or simply staying in for residents to enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner. There are numerous benefits of eating together as a group for older people which makes this a perfect event to add into your activities programme.
During the month of December, why not set up a winter themed dinner or afternoon tea for residents and their loved ones? This is a great way of incorporating a bit of Christmas spirit before the big day.
Another idea of something to introduce to seniors in nursing homes in the winter months is themed painting sessions. This can be included in the activities programme for any time of the day and is an engaging activity everybody in a care home can get involved in, no matter their age of ability.
Residents can get creative with their paintings and bring their winter imagination to life by painting a frosty landscape or Christmas scene. Not only is painting fun, but there are many benefits that painting provides and they get to keep their masterpiece afterwards.
Bird watching is something that becomes an increasingly popular pastime as we get older and being able to spot wildlife during a sunny and crisp winters day is the perfect excuse to get some fresh air. There are many bird watching locations that can be utilised in your local area so ensure to do your research. Residents and staff can bond and conversate over the days findings. Get your best pair of binoculars out and reap the rewards that winter bird watching will provide your residents.
Parties are another activity that can be enjoyed at any time of year, however the experience and social benefits it brings around the festive period will be unmatched. Residents can spend their time decorating the home with christmas crafts including paper chains, snowflakes, ornaments and anything else that fits the theme. Follow this up with throwing a party for everybody to enjoy, and why not invite family and friends to enjoy this with you. Putting on some pleasant party tunes from residents younger days will encourage residents to get up and dance or simply tap their feet which uses their fine motor skills.
Board games are a brilliant idea to add into the activities schedule, with a broad range to choose from it means that there is room for opinion from residents on their favourites. During the colder, rainy days what better than to get cosy in a communal lounge and play a game with fellow friends and residents. If you are stuck for ideas on which games to enjoy, we will list a few, or you can ask your residents and loved ones what they want to do! It could be anything from charades, puzzle solving, jenga, dominoes or bingo.
One more activity you can offer your residents is a shopping trip. Take residents or loved ones out to the local shopping centre and show them all of the beautiful Christmas ornaments and decorations up in the shops. Even if they don’t end up buying anything, it will be a nice trip out for everyone and it get’s people up on their feet and socialising with others. Garden Centres are wonderful places to visit during the festive season with so much to admire where you can finish off your visit with tea and cake in the café.
Knowing what type of care someone may need can be a daunting decision to make, especially during the winter period. Our team at White House is here to support you. We deliver outstanding care for older people on a 24-hour basis in Letchworth which includes Residential, Nursing, Dementia and Respite care services.
Our luxury care home offers a variety of services and facilities for residents to use as and when they wish. This includes an activities programme, café, hair salon & nail bar and a cinema. These are all available to anybody who resides at White House to use whenever they wish. We pride ourselves in putting residents first by developing customised can plans that are tailored to their specific needs.