Activities in Care Homes | Preparing for a Spooky Halloween

Halloween at Stanfield

Celebrations of this ghostly night started early in the month to help our residents get into the scary season. We started with a therapeutic day of using differing colours to highlight  Halloween templates. The use of colours is very powerful as it provides time to reminisce  which can be very beneficial in care homes for residents who are able to engage with the activity. Not only can doodling ease aggression and irritation but there is also evidence that it can improve social aspects of care homes, being very inclusive.

To continue the arts and crafts in our nursing home, we helped residents make Halloween decorations over the course of two days. We provide regular opportunities for residents to express their creativity through arts and crafts. Activities like these offer cognitive stimulation and an opportunity to socialize with individuals who value a similar activity. Our home looked lovely with the creations and we had many spiders crawling and bats flying around the corridors! It wouldn’t be a Halloween celebration without pumpkin carving to match the crafty designs. There were many creative designs with creepy smiles and fangs.

Games are a common activity in our calendar each month. We made these ones particularly special with a Halloween theme the night before. Other activities this month involved:

  • Relaxation with hand-massages
  • Scarecrow making for harvest
  • Move time in the musical genre
  • Board games
  • Musical entertainment from our visiting team of entertainers

Activities on important dates

October was National Book Month for 2019. We usually hold discussions weekly for residents to gather together and socialise about things they are passionate for. On this occasion, we talked about our favourite authors and book characters. Other ways to celebrate National Book Month included starting a new book as well as sharing an old book.

National Poetry Day. Residents often enjoy poetry readings for relaxation and stimulation of the mind. It would also be a session of reminiscing for some residents who are familiar with some of the authors and specific works. Reminiscing is an especially essential part of caring for those with dementia. It can give those who share something about their past an opportunity for them to connect with others bringing back happy memories and good feelings.

It is always important to celebrate these national days in care homes as they provide the start of a conversation. It can provide an excellent way for residents to stimulate our residents’ minds and engage in social aspects of activities. This is very beneficial to things like improving mental health. It is also a useful memory stimulation tool and a good way to keep track of their day-to-day lives by it being punctuated with meaningful events.

Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home

If you are interested in finding out more information about more about activities in care homes then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can visit our social media for daily updates on activities in our home or call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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