An Insight into the Benefits of Nursing Home Activities

05 October, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read

Does your loved one stay mentally and physically active?


Nursing home activities are designed to support, stimulate and improve your loved one’s health, wellbeing and capabilities.


This week, we’re looking at the importance of nursing home activities and how they can benefit your loved one:


Nursing Home Activities: The Importance of Physical Activity

Staying active is important for elderly people for many reasons. Physical activity and movement can increase strength and balance; this reduces the risk of falls and helps your loved one stay independent for longer.


Walking, swimming and gentle yoga sessions are all great examples of exercise that will promote physical and mental health, by promoting movement and increasing endorphins.


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It also helps to keep the body functioning well, by reducing the risk of heart problems, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and managing blood pressure.


Physical activity can also help reduce joint pain, stiffness and improve circulation, meaning your loved one will be able to feel the benefits quickly.


Encouraging Mentally Stimulating Activities 

Mental stimulation is important for improving cognitive function, problem-solving skills and sharpening memory. From activities such as crossword puzzles to card games, there are an array of activities that can help to achieve this.


Here at CHD, we use tools such as word games, dice, and interactive whiteboards to encourage residents to switch between learning platforms, as this challenges different parts of the brain. For example, on one particularly memorable occasion, we set up an indoor bowling alley, which encouraged residents to engage in some friendly competition!

The Benefits of Positive Interactions and Social Activities

At CHD Living, we often organise social events and activities to encourage interactions between residents.


Regularly socialising can help your loved one to feel happy and supported, as they’ll be surrounded by like-minded people. It can provide opportunities for making new friendships and helps to prevent feelings of loneliness.


Laughter releases endorphins which increase feelings of happiness, so it’s important for people to do fun activities together such as dancing or sharing memories.


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Nursing Home Activities: Trips and Excursions

Heading out for a walk, meeting a friend at the local coffee shop or visiting the zoo can all help to boost cognitive stimulation.


Here at CHD, we organise regular, external visits and trips for our residents, as being somewhere new can increase awareness, improve social skills and improve their mood. 


Having a change of scenery will not only allow your loved one to enjoy a breath of fresh air, but they'll also benefit from the new sights, smells and sounds that surround them. Encourage your loved one to visit new places wherever possible; whether that's a new coffee shop or a new city.


At CHD Living, we’re always finding new ways to boost our residents’ wellbeing and offer them new activities and experiences. Amongst an array of other pursuits, we’ve taken our residents ice-skating, set up pop-up beer gardens for parties, and even hatched our own eggs and raised the chicks.


If you’d like to know more about our care services, please contact us


If you’ve found our guide on the benefits of nursing home activities helpful, why not read our previous blog to find out more about the benefits of living in a residential care facility?

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