Dementia Action Week | How Care Home Activities Support People Living With Dementia

21 May, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read
Dementia Action Week | How Care Home Activities Support People Living With Dementia

What care home activities can help a person living with dementia?


Dementia is a term used to describe a range of conditions that can cause the loss of memory, thinking, and reasoning of your loved one. It can also lead to a decline in their communication skills, which can often result in behavioural changes.

 

Whilst there is currently no cure for dementia, there are treatments available to help manage their symptoms, and sometimes slow down its progression.

 

Structured care home activities can help to improve a resident’s cognitive functioning and improve their quality of life.

 

Here, we look at some care home activities that are beneficial for our residents:

Gardening Can Provide Therapeutic Exercise

Gardening provides ample opportunities for residents to move more and encourages gentle activity. Having a project in the garden helps residents spend more time outside in the fresh air and can reduce feelings of anxiety, both of which can aid better sleep habits.


Growing and nurturing plants is a meaningful activity that can help residents feel an increased sense of purpose and pride. The act of tending to the garden, through potting, planting, sweeping, and watering, can help improve their motor skills.


Gardening also provides sensory stimulation for residents, as it’s a very visual activity with different colours, shapes, and ever-changing landscapes. Residents can also feel various textures such as bark, mud, petals, and water which is beneficial as it helps them to engage in conversations about their surroundings.
Care home activities: Women using a gardening fork to plant flowers in her garden
↑ Woman using a gardening fork

Arts and Crafts Can Help Improve Motor Skills

Arts and crafts provide wonderful opportunities for our residents to improve their dexterity and motor skills.

Colouring, painting, and drawing can help with dexterity, and provide a calming activity for residents. It also allows them to be creative and express themselves.


Modelling clay is great for building strength in the resident’s hands and creating sculptures as keepsakes which provides them with a sense of achievement.


Scrapbooking is important on the list of care home activities as cutting and gluing meaningful pictures can provide memory prompts and conversation starters, as well as improving motor skills.

How Dancing Helps People Living With Dementia

Dancing helps get the blood pumping and heart racing, as well as being a fun and carefree exercise activity. It can help residents improve their balance and coordination, and provides excellent socialising opportunities.


Armchair dancing is a fun way for everyone to be able to take part and have fun together, encouraging lots of laughter and movement.


As well as providing physical stimulation, dancing is also great for mental stimulation, as the brain works to learn the moves and remember sequences.
Care home activities: Elderly couple dancing together in living room
↑ Elderly couple dancing together

Puzzles Are Important Care Home Activities

Puzzles can help your loved one improve their cognitive function by encouraging them to change their thought processes for problem-solving. They can then use this to help them in other aspects of their life; for instance, if they can’t remember how to do something, they can use their problem-solving to find a solution.


It also provides plenty of stimulation and can help them feel a sense of achievement and pride when they complete a puzzle.


Puzzles are beneficial as they provide both a relaxing and focused activity, so residents can unwind whilst still exercising their brains.


Care home activities are important for mental, social, and physical stimulation, and here at CHD Living, we provide plenty of opportunities for meaningful activities and events to help improve our residents’ general wellbeing.


Why not take a look at our previous blog to find out how we surprised our residents with some Easter-themed animal therapy?


If you’d like to know more about our care services, please contact a dedicated member of our team.

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