Need more ideas on how to provide individualized activities for your residents that are still fun? Then consider adding these five clubs to your monthly activity calendar that allows residents to participate in their rooms or to sit socially distant in their doorways:
Supply club residents with a variety of fun latch-hook kits to complete that they can do on their own. For instance, pass out pretty latch-hook kits like flowers and hearts, or pass out animal latch-hook kits like whales, dogs, and horses.
Pass out a variety of different puzzles for residents to fill out. In fact, if your residents are sitting in their doorways, then make a competition out of it by seeing who can finish their puzzle first. Use fun puzzles like crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, and even mazes.
Encourage residents to showcase their creativity by filling in coloring books using markers and colored pencils. Then once residents have filled in their pictures, provide them with inexpensive frames to hang their pictures on their walls as artwork.
Food Tasting Club
Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a variety of similar items for a weekly taste test for your residents. For instance, pass out plates of three different types of cookies or small cups of three different types of puddings for residents to sample. Then encourage residents to discuss what they liked and didn’t like about each food.
Provide residents with the URL to access the text of an online book that the residents in the club can all read at the same time. You can also provide them with the books. Then once residents have finished reading the book, encourage them to sit in their doorways to discuss what they enjoyed about the book. If you find that your book readers are scattered throughout your facility, then consider setting up a Zoom call where residents can discuss the book together on video.
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