9 Ways to Keep Your Care Residents Entertained During Coronavirus
Over the last few weeks there have been reports from all around the world on how different people have been keeping busy whilst stuck at home due to a Coronavirus lockdown.
There’s been dancing sportsmen, Italians singing from their windows and Premier League footballers making the most of their additional time by organising tea bags… but during this period it's going to be more challenging than ever for care providers to keep residents busy and entertained whilst visits from resident's family and friends are on hold.
9 Ways To Keep Your Residents Entertained and Engaged
We’ve pulled together some ideas that care homes could utilise to keep their residents entertained and engaged during this period.
1. Keep Residents Connected with Families
Make the most of the technology available. Use your phones to record short video messages from your residents, showing family members that they are well and to keep them updated on what they’re getting up to. Create a WhatsApp group, a private Facebook group or a file sharing folder on a platform like Dropbox.
2. Reminisce Over Old Photos
Photographs are a fantastic way of recalling memories of happy times in life. Encourage your residents to pull out their old photographs to share with you, it’s a great way of creating conversation and building a bond. Speak to a resident’s family to see if they have any more photos which they could send in.
3. Take Music Requests
With online music streaming platforms, it’s easier than ever to find and play millions of songs in a matter of seconds. Ask your residents to recollect their favourite songs from different periods of their lives and see if you can find them to play – it may be years since they last listened to the songs they used to love.
4. A Good Old-Fashioned Quiz
Ask each resident to contribute a multiple-choice question towards a quiz and then compile them all together for a quiz night.
5. Relive Classic Sporting Events
Do any of your residents enjoy watching sport? Whilst most sports around the world are postponed until further notice, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on some of the great moments in sporting history. Many classic moments can be easily found on YouTube which you could stream onto one of the TV’s in your home. Speak to your residents to find out their favourite teams or what they’d like to watch, but if you’re not sure where to start then check out:
- 1966 World Cup Final – England 4 – 2 West Germany
- England win the 2005 Ashes
- Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile, 1954
- England beat Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final
- The Rumble in the Jungle – George Foreman and Muhammad Ali
- Stephen Hendry wins record seventh world snooker title
6. Treasure Hunt
Think Easter Egg hunt but designed for your residents. Hide a selection of their favourite sweets and treats around your home and set your residents off to hunt them down.
7. Play Bingo
It may be simple and unoriginal, but Bingo is an age-old favourite activity which encourages conversation and interaction between residents and carers.
8. Fresh Air
If your care home has a private garden or other outdoor space, encourage the residents to go outside in the sunlight for some fresh air. Make the most of this outside space so long as residents don’t meet anyone from the outside.
9. Hold a Themed Party
Although you may be short on costumes and decorations, some themed music and refreshments will go a long way towards creating a bit of a party atmosphere.
Do You Have Any Suggestions?
If you have any ideas or initiatives that care providers could implement then please let us know in the comments.