Let Me Entertain You
Providing care to residents in the care home industry is one of the most rewarding things any employee can do. Ensuring that their latter years are filled with joy and good memories is of vital importance, but when residents are sometimes confined to the home for long periods of time, keeping their minds active can occasionally be a challenge. So what can you do to keep them entertained, without blowing the budget?
Residents with dementia can benefit greatly from doll therapy. Giving them a doll to cuddle and talk to can be of great comfort and is a useful tool in calming them if they become distressed or agitated. Additionally, this style of therapy can lead to an increase in engagement with others, as well as a reduction in episodes of distress and an increase in levels of wellbeing in general.
In a similar vein, pet therapy can be used to keep residents engaged, happy and occupied. Dogs have long been said to be man’s best friend, but cats, rabbits, and other small furry animals can also bring a smile to people’s faces.
Studies have shown that stroking a pet can reduce levels of stress and help people to relax, while pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure than those who don’t own any pets.
As an added bonus, residents often also become animated and interact with animals, even when they don’t respond as well to other people – which can help to bring them out of their shell.
Music is a medium that brings people together, so introducing it into your care home is a great way to get residents interacting with each other. Radio is a great way to bring some melodies into the environment, but why not go a step further and hire a local band? A band that can cater for all tastes, from pop classics to country music is sure to be a hit and makes for a lovely sensorial experience that your residents will cherish.
This is a great one as not only does it allow your residents to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake, and a good natter, but it also allows them to raise funds for a worthwhile cause that is dear to them. Allowing the group to choose the charity can help to get people involved too.
Get outside help
If you’re struggling for ways to keep your residents entertained, or simply looking for new ideas, why not consider getting some help from a dedicated company? The National Activities Provider Association (NAPA) provide excellent training courses to your staff which will teach them how to successfully lead and coordinate activity provision within a care setting, as well as give them new ideas.
Another great source of ideas is ‘Oomph’. Billed as an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to enhancing the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults, Oomph can provide training in a similar way to NAPA, but interestingly they also offer on-site activities to keep your residents entertained and physically active.BACK TO ARTICLES