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Activities For The Elderly In Lockdown And Isolation
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we may need to adjust our activity planning in accordance with new rules and regulations. Many of us are now in complete lockdown situations. Here are some in-room activity ideas collated by Golden Carers for aged care residents to enjoy while in isolation.
Providing spiritual support for people living in long term care is vital to their well-being. It is especially important now, as residents face the challenges of being isolated from friends and family.
- 10 Spiritual Activities for Memory Care
- The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation for the Elderly
- 3 Ways to Practise Mindfulness with the Elderly
- Rainbow Guided Meditation
There are also many guided meditation apps you can use.
The therapeutic value of drawing and coloring comes from the need to concentrate. Residents immersve themselves and ‘forget’ their troubles whilst in the midst of a coloring activity. Everyone needs a break from reality sometimes.
Residents will love these beautiful coloring-in templates and artist emulations for adults!
Craft activities like making cards, gifts, decorations, bookmarks and collages can be immersive and gratifying. You can find an extensive and varied list of craft activities here
Sorting & Helping Activities
Activities that make residents feel helpful are always wonderful for memory care. Everyone needs to feel useful and like they matter. Ask residents to help, cooperate, or contribute to give them a sense of satisfaction and belonging.
- Colour sorting with paint colour swatches from paint store
- Sorting out packs of playing cards
- Leaving clothes and fabric for residents to sort by color, size etc.
- Untying knots (a dozen sailor’s knots for example)
- Unraveling a wool sweater for recycling
- Cutting squares of old clothes to make a patchwork rug
- 17 Sifting & Sorting Bin Ideas
Phone Calls or Video Chats
Have family or volunteers call residents for a chat. It will lift their spirits and provide a welcome break. For an even more interactive and immersive experience, why not video chat using Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime!
In-Room Activity Packs
Gather a bundle of activities into a pack for residents to enjoy. Include things like:
- Word Searches
- Spot the Differences
- Hidden Objects
- Who Am I?
- Word Ladders
Some people are also creating ‘Bored Boards’ – pockets of different activities for residents to select from displayed in a prominent position – word searches, coloring etc.
You may enjoy the activity cart suggestions in this article:
Portable Ideas to Reach Every Resident, Every Day
Travel videos can be fascinating to watch. Choose a country and some suitable YouTube videos to watch and then follow this up with themed activities based on the chosen country: word search, quizzes, coloring. etc
- Armchair Travel with Google Maps
- Armchair Travel to Spain
- Armchair Travel to Greece
- Armchair Travel to Australia
- Armchair Travel to Italy
- 8 Ways to Provide Armchair Travel Experiences
Following on from Armchair Travel, why not create decorations in the colours of countries you wish to celebrate. This could be for upcoming events and national days or just for fun!
Fiddle Boxes & Sensory Kits
Rummage, Memory or Sensory boxes are containers filled with everyday objects to assist people living with dementia to interact, communicate and reminisce. These activities can also be a soothing form of distraction.
- Garden Inspired Sensory Kit
- Cozy Sensory Kits
- Coffee & Tea Sensory Kits
- Holiday Sensory Box Inspiration
- Sensory Boxes & Other Ideas to Stimulate the Senses
Continue to celebrate special calendar days with themed activities. For example, Easter is coming soon – why not decorate hard boiled eggs with dye, paint or using other coloring techniques? You can combine this with other related activities such as quizzes, trivia and even creating posters using pictures cut out from old magazines and posters.
Visit the Activities Calendar for a huge range of special days to celebrate.
In Room Gardening
You can enliven any room with a pot plant, and there a pot plants to suit any conditions! Residents should be encouraged to pursue this wonderful hobby, there are many hidden benefits to growing plants indoors.
This article was originally published on Golden Carers on 20/3/2020.