Christmas is a very busy time of year at Stanfield Nursing home but it’s also our Activities Coordinator’s favourite! We have lots of Christmas-related activities planned that start in late November and carry on into January.
In this blog, we share some regular Christmas activities at Stanfield Nursing Home. This can include carol singers, local schools visiting us and some of those we care for even get involved in some Christmas baking!
Stanfield Nursing Home Christmas Activities
Activities are an important part of our daily lives at Stanfield Nursing Home. They help give structure to the average day. They can also provide ways for people to engage with others and in new or existing hobbies.
We want people to experience our nursing home as a real home-from-home. So we aim to make our nursing home Christmas activities as engaging and as active as people want them to be.
But really, the most important part of our Christmas activities is sharing time together. This can take the form of group activities or even just talking with those we care to reminisce on times past.
Christmas crafts and making decorations
Making decorations is one of the first Christmas activities we plan at Stanfield Nursing Home. We aim to decorate our care home on the 1st of December each year, so we want to make sure all decorations are made and collected by then.
Where possible we help those with limited mobility and dexterity that want to get involved in our Christmas activities but may struggle to do so.
Check out some of the Christmas crafts we’ve done so far:
- Painting baubles
- Crafting multi-coloured ribbons
- Making pom-pom snowmen
- Decorating Christmas cards for loved ones
Lots of these Christmas crafts will be used to decorate the nursing home’s main Christmas tree as well as the Memory Tree in the Oak Lounge. Stanfield is truly twinkling with the love and care people have put into their decorations!
We also encourage family and friends to make Christmas decorations to bring into our Worcester nursing home.
Christmas carols, music and live performances
Music is part of the most common activities we plan at Stanfield Nursing Home. This is because it is a key part of elderly care. It can play an important role in helping tackle a range of age-related problems such as depression, isolation, stress, chronic pain and even memory impairment.
As part of our musical therapy, we often invite musicians to perform, have karaoke sessions and sing-a-longs. For our Christmas activities this year, these all become Christmas-themed!
In previous years we have had the pleasure to watch and listen to a whole range of performances. Our Worcester nursing home has welcomed children from local schools to sing carols, the Worcester Ukelele Club, and regular visitor Corinne Frost who plays the cello.
Related: Musical Therapy with Corinne Frost
Stanfield Nursing Home also organised a theatre performance from Northeast Producers. Their Christmas performances include A Christmas Carol, Annie, Oliver, and many more!
Baking Christmas cakes and cookies
Baking is another way we help those we care for get stuck in with our nursing home Christmas activities!
We encourage people to request certain festive bakes and get involved with weighing ingredients. This year we’re planning to bake a range of Christmas cakes, puddings and cookies – all with suitable infection control procedures in place.
Stanfield Nursing Home has an in-house professional chef and his team prepares all of our meals from scratch. It’s important to us that we cater for people’s likes, dislikes and dietary requirements.
With this in mind, we’ve got plans for traditional Christmas food with vegetarian options also available. All dishes use local ingredients from our butcher and farm shop down the road.
Having a wonderful care home Christmas at Stanfield Nursing Home
Stanfield Nursing Home is open any time for visiting friends and family, especially during Christmas. We encourage people to come and join in with our Christmas activities and other festivities we have planned. You can also plan to take your loved one on a trip!
If you want to learn more about the daily activities we plan at Stanfield Nursing Home, please visit our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team. You can also check out our social media for daily updates.
If you have found this useful, you may wish to read our blog on 12 Days of Christmas Activities.