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   THINGS TO DO…
Other than Watchin g the Televis ion!




       PRIME LIFE LIMITED
     “THE CARE PROVIDERS”
   The residential care home industry has attracted a poor image of elderly clients sitting
   in armchairs around the walls of the lounges, with the TV being the main focus, an
   unfortunate vision but one common to outsiders, and for those of us involved within
   the industry we probably do not fairly deserve.

   Our clients are individuals, they have history and our care plans should pick up on their
   past interests, and it is our responsibility wherever possible to encourage the clients to
   continue their interests, and perhaps to develop some new ones, in this way we can
   ensure that our care is all encompassing, focusing not only on the well-being of the
   individual physically but also in positively stimulating their mental state.

   There are a number of words and key objectives with regard to any social programme,
   they perhaps include fun and enjoyment, an opportunity to reflect over past activities
   and to discover new, to develop a physical and mental well-being, for the activities to be
   rewarding and satisfying, and could probably be described as an opportunity for people
   to play together and to enjoy quality time.

   A good programme will offer opportunities for all, individual interests and group
   activities, assisted by not just a paid activities organiser, but involving all members of the
   staff group, relatives and representatives from the community alike.

   Within this booklet we have identified 101 activities to be explored, we must give due
   regard to our clients, their ability, some clients may prefer activities of a short duration
   and of a simple nature, whilst others may prefer more complex interests of a longer
   term nature, but within the list we have included something for everyone.

   Before embarking upon the programme, there are 5 key steps to ensure its success,
   they are as follows:-

            Decide on a programme leader, give them authority and your support
            Assess the available resource, the people to be involved, the premises, the
            transport and the available finance
            Publicise the programme and seek help, volunteers and contributions from all
            Start off with easy activities and be prepared to build on early success
            Keep the programme under review, keep it fresh, retain peoples interests

   The goal is quite simple, a well provided for programme will offer enjoyment and
   satisfaction to the clients, they will be easier to care for, with an involved staff group they
   will too benefit, encourage volunteers and look for the smiles of enjoyment and
   satisfaction on everyone’s faces.

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   1       A TO Z QUIZ
           Using the alphabet, determine a category; fruit and veg, football teams, race
           courses or musical instruments, and think of an item starting with every letter
           of the alphabet. As an example for fruit…A is for Apple…B is for Banana…C
           is for Cherry…D is for Date…etc.
           A simple quiz, competitive, ideal for a lounge activity.

   2       SENSORY QUIZ
           On a tray place 6 food items or herbs, for example sugar, salt, orange, lemon
           etc, blindfold the participants and ask them to identify the taste or smell.
           A simple lounge style quiz, designed to test and develop the senses

   3       TOPICAL NEWS
           With the benefit of the daily paper, over morning coffee read out the key
           headlines, encourage the group to discuss the news, offer their views and
           express their opinions.
           For a more adventurous version, all newspapers provide back copies, why not
           try the same exercise with a 25 year old newspaper.

   4       TREASURE HUNT
           In the home or in the garden hide 6 Cadbury cream eggs, and
           invite the residents to find them, a competitive event that
           encourages mobility.

   5       CARD GAMES
                An old favourite but so simple, a pack of cards, 4 residents at a table,
                from a simple game of snap to a more complex game of Bridge.
                Once established the clients will probably meet frequently and repeat the
                game.

   6.      BOARD GAMES
           Everyone can play draughts, chess is more complicated, but again a table with
           4 clients, enjoyment for all.




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7        NOUGHTS &CROSSES
         Either a small group with paper and pencils, or a large group split into two
         teams, decide where the noughts and crosses should go, a good competitive
         game, enjoyment for all.

8        JENGA
         Available from all good toy shops, a series of wooden blocks that are stacked,
         but then the participants have to remove. Encourages dexterity, competitive,
         and if you do not have a game, a milk bottle with matchsticks on top will
         suffice.

9        INDOOR BOWLS
         Call it bowls or skittles, the equipment is available from most good sports
         shops, and is an ideal activity on the lounge carpet on a rainy day.

10       GOLF
         Someone who works or visits the home plays golf, borrow a putter
         and some balls, place an upturned saucer on the lounge carpet a n d
         you have the makings of an indoor activity.

11       MUSICAL MOVEMENT
               A radio, tape player or DVD player, simple music with a regular beat
               and a staff member to encourage armchair activity.
               Encourages healthy movement and develops a sense of rhythm

12       BAKING
         Ask your cook to bring the ingredients suitable to bake a cake in
         the dining room, invite residents to participate, to mix the ingredients, to talk
         of their past recipes, and the cook and clients alone will learn.
         As a benefit, everyone eats beautiful homemade cakes for tea.

13       PANCAKES
         Ready made pancakes, start off with a tossing
         competition, afterwards fill them with all sorts of
         interesting sweet and savoury fillings, and enjoy their
         consumption.




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14      WHERE WERE YOU?                                                              ?
        Pick a significant date, 22nd November 1963 was the day                1 931
        that President Kennedy was assassinated, everyone            1940
        knows where they were on the date, ask them to talk                   ?
        of their experience.
                                                                                   ?
        A good reminiscence experience and an easy event to provide          1 977
15      TEA DANCE
        Push the dining room tables to the outside walls, clearing a dance floor in the
        middle of the room, serve an interesting tea with some background music and
        invite the clients and staff to dance.

16      MAKE-UP
        Your home provides substantial business for your local pharmacy,
        who also have stocks of make-up and perhaps sales
        representatives. In return for the prescription business ask the
        chemist to send along one of their staff with some sample make-
        ups, and let the ladies enjoy the experience.

17      PEDICURE / MANICURE
        A good one on one activity, sit with the clients, trim their finger nails and toe
        nails, and perhaps encourage some gentle foot massage and similar.

18      TRAVEL SHOW
        A few colourful brochures from your local travel agent, sit with the client
        group, discuss where they have been and allow them to reminisce.


19      OH YES...IT’S BINGO!
        Everyone enjoys a game of bingo, if you have not got the cards
        simply write down the clients date of birth and pull the
        numbers out of the hat.

20      KARAOKE
        Most modern DVD players have a karaoke facility
        and everyone enjoys a sing-a-long.




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21       THE LONGEST APPLE PEEL
         A traditional old English seasonal sport, each person has an
         apple and a knife, who can produce the longest continuous
         apple peel?

22       BARBECUE
         On a sunny day take the main midday meal outside as a barbecue, encourage
         the staff to join the clients, enjoy alfresco eating.

23       WINE TASTING
         Two or three bottles of wine from the local supermarket,
         red and white, northern and southern hemisphere,
         blindfold the participants, can you guess the colour?

24       CONKERS
         An autumn activity, collect the conkers, provide the string, a simple good old
         fashioned conker fight.

25       PEN FRIENDS
            Everyone likes to receive a letter, twin with another care home and
            encourage your clients to write to each other, share experiences and make
            new friends.

26       STRAWBERRY PICKING, JAM MAKING &
         CREAM TEA
         With the use of your minibus, take a group of clients to the
         strawberry fields, pick the strawberries, eat a few and return
         home.
            With the strawberries you have picked, together with the
            cook make it into strawberry jam, and once you have made the jam why
            not sit back at teatime and enjoy the results of your efforts by having a
            Cream Tea.

27       GARDEN CLUB
         Encourage your gardener to involve the clients in the garden activities, what
         has been planted and the different species growing within the garden.



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28      SUNFLOWERS
        Obtain some sunflower seeds, some paper cups, allow the clients
        to plant them and water them and watch them grow, a winner
        will need planting out in the garden and will become 6ft high.

29      HAIRDRESSING
        The clients have to have their hair washed, why not encourage some creativity
        by asking your hairdresser to consider different styles and sets, develop a sense
        of interest in this essential function.

30      PHOTOGRAPHY
        A simple cheap throwaway camera, let the clients take pictures of each
        other and produce a collage.

31      MODEL MAKING
        We made them as children, but they are also for adults, every good toy shop
        has a selection of models to be made.

32      SUNBATHING
        Be careful, elderly clients can have sensitive skin, and some medications
        increase sensitivity to sunlight, but why not move some furniture outdoors
        and enjoy the sunnier days.

33      LIBRARY
        You may have a visiting mobile library, some clients may
        wish to attend the local library and some may simply wish
        to swap books, bring them together at coffee time and find
        out their wishes.

34      HEALTHY LIVING
        Your local district nurse who visits the home frequently, over coffee and they
        can give a talk on healthy living and simple ways on how the clients can
        participate.

35      RECYCLING
        The Kyoto agreements suggest we should all become more aware
        of this issue, including the clients, let the clients sort the
        household refuse, paper, bottles etc and let them take it to the
        recycling station.


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36       CHARADES
         A good all time favourite, film book or song, pick the titles and let the clients
         act it out.

37       FLOWER ARRANGING
         Regrettably care homes have strong relationships with local
         undertakers, give them a ring, they have masses of flowers that
         they dispose of, ask for them, remove the labels and make them
         available to the clients to make arrangements for their bedrooms.

38       A BET ON THE HORSES
         With the benefit of the morning paper, a favourite horse, in the afternoon
         television, nip to the bookies, place a small bet, sit back and win your fortune.

39       CROSSWORDS
         With the same morning newspaper after lunch, sit down with
         the clients and attempt the crossword.

40       ORIGAMI
         The Japanese word for paper folding, good fun, encourages dexterity, simple to
         organise.

41       KNITTING CIRCLE / CROCHET
         Everyone has balls of unwanted wool at home, a few knitting needles, a few
         willing participants and hours of enjoyment.
         Crochet is a simpler form of knitting, ask your residents and relatives,
         someone has the equipment, an enjoyable way to entertain your clients.

42       SURF THE NET
         You probably have a computer, access the internet, how many
         clients would appreciate being introduced to same.

43       WALK THE DOG
         Someone has a suitable dog of the right
         temperament, bring it into the home,
         stroke it, walk it, throw the ball for it, fun
         for all.




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44      FOOTBALL CRAZY
        Most homes have a local football team, most football grounds
        are wheelchair friendly, why not give them a ring and see if they
        would entertain interested clients who wish to attend.

45      A COUNTRY DRIVE
          Using the minibus venture off into the country, steal some daffodils from
          the roadside, see the lambs in the field, stop off at the local greasy spoon
          for a cup of tea.

46      CINEMA
        Visit your local video shop, videos and DVD’s are abundant, play them in the
        afternoon, serve ice creams, create your own cinema.

47      EXPRESSION THROUGH COLOUR
        Simple pack of crayons or watercolours and paper, let the clients
        create their own masterpiece, remember colours often determine
        mood, black could be associated with depression, red with
        excitement and blues and greens with a sense of calm.

48      SHOVE HALFPENNY
        An old English pub game, a table top, draw several lines, a few two pence
        pieces, can you knock them to finish between the lines?

49      DOMINOES
        Very popular particularly with the elderly client group, a
        simple pack of dominoes, a small group of clients, an
        enthusiastic staff member and an afternoons enjoyment.

50      BIRD WATCHING
          How many different species of birds can you see from the windows of your
          care home, encourage everyone to observe and keep a list of your findings.
          The RSPB are currently carrying out surveys and would love to hear from
          you.

51      TABLE SKITTLES
        Available from most good toy shops, an excellent activity for a rainy
        afternoon.

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52        THEATRE
          Your local amateur dramatic society will probably attend your home and
          provide a short review, an excellent early evening activity.

53        DUCKS ON THE POND
             Your local park probably has a pond inhabited by ducks, the cook has stale
             bread, why not go and feed the ducks.

54        LOTTERY CARDS
          How many of your clients are gamblers, for a pound an interesting way of
          spicing up a Saturday evening.

55        LOCAL CHURCHES
          Ring the local vicars, they will attend the home to provide
          services and communion, and very much more.

56        SWIMMING
          Most modern swimming baths are adapted to
          provide facilities for the elderly and disabled, why
          not ring them and see what they have to offer?

57        SEWING
               Your laundress repairs garments, your clients probably have much skill,
               ask the laundress to involve the clients.


58        FORMAL DINNERS
          Pick a Sunday lunch or a special meal, offer             sherry beforehand
          and wine with the meal, and ask the clients to           dress for the
          meal, a little more formal but an enjoyable              challenge for all.

59        SOAPS
          Most clients have a favourite, Coronation Street, Eastenders or
          what about the Archers on Radio 4, encourage clients to watch and
          listen together and discuss the plot.




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60      REMINISCENCE OBJECTS
        Your local museum, relatives may have old memorabilia that you can sit and
        discuss over coffee, perhaps an old ration book, an antique, an old football
        programme, anything that encourages people to reminisce.

61      EYE SPY
        Such a simple one, “eye spy with my little eye, something
        beginning with…?”

62      HOROSCOPES
        Using the morning paper invite people to look at their horoscope, see what
        the day has in store.

63      PASS THE PARCEL
        Some simple sweets or similar from the local shop, wrap them            up
        several times, pass them around the lounge, stopping the music and inviting
        the holder to unwrap.

64      EGG PAINTING
        Hard boiled eggs, some                  simple felt tip pens, or some water
        colour paints, paint the                Fabergé egg of your choice.

65      JIGSAWS
        Everyone has one, put a jigsaw on the lounge table    and    invite
        everyone to have a go.

66      THEMED MEALS
        Remember the important days, perhaps the Saints days, St Patrick’s, St
        David’s, St Andrew’s, and ask the cook to cook a menu of that theme, and
        don’t forget to add the drinks.

67      CAR BOOT SALE / EBAY
        Find the local car boot sale, take clients to view same, or for the adventurous
        instead of an autumn fair, fill the minibus full of items and go and sell them
        and raise funds to support your programme.
        The electronic version of the above, collect the unwanted items and go on the
        net.




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68        NAME THAT TUNE
          A simple tape player or DVD player, play the first few bars, ask
          the clients to name that tune.

69        FARM PARK
              Whether you have a farm park or a local farmer, pick the time of the year,
              see the lambs being reared, the crops being harvested, most local farmers
              will happily entertain you.

70        CHOIR
          Your local church and schools have a choir, they have to practice,
          why not invite them to practice in front of your clients.

71        GARDEN CENTRE
          Your local garden centre is well worth a visit, and if you ring them beforehand
          they may even have some cheap or unwanted seedlings that your clients can
          cultivate.

72        SHOPPING
          A simple trip to the local shops to buy some                       personal items,
          or a trip around the local supermarket, they                       probably have
          a restaurant, enjoy a cup of tea.

73        CASINO

               A few card games, the role of the dice, give all participants some
               monopoly money, who will become the millionaire?

74        TABLE DECORATIONS
          At Easter and at Christmas a few items from the garden, pine cones, logs and
          similar, a little glitter, an afternoons work making some decorations for the
          table.

75        CRICKET
          Whether it is a local county team or a school team, an
          afternoon watching the cricket match will be well enjoyed by
          all.


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76      SING-A-LONG
        A relative with a good voice, or perhaps a resident, why not
        consider a sing-a-long and create your own choir.

77      ON THE WATER
        Somewhere near you is a canal, a river or a                lake that probably
        has a boat that will offer trips, often                    wheelchair adapted,
        enjoy the experience.

78      POTATO PRINTS

        A few potatoes, cut them in half, use a blunt knife to form a stencil, a little
        ink, spend the afternoon printing your own designs.

79      CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS
        Ask everyone to save their old Christmas cards, cut the
        prominent features into small shapes, the rear is blank, you
        have abundant gift tags for next Christmas.

80      PLASTICINE SCULPTURE
        A simple pack of Plasticine, let the clients develop sculptures, Plasticine is re-
        usable, encourages creative thought and dexterity.

81      SIMPLE SIMON
        Perhaps not politically correct, but a staff member performing simple, easy
        activities, encouraging the clients to follow suit, an encouraging and
        competitive exercise.

82      A PINT IN THE PUB
        There is one on every street corner, a local pub, why not
        encourage the clients to take a stroll down and enjoy an
        early evening drink, a pleasant experience and make some new friends.

83      LOCAL MARKET
        A stroll round the local market is an interesting eye opening experience for
        all.

84      A TEST OF WILLPOWER
        A pack of fruit gums, give one to every resident, can you resist the temptation
        to chew.

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85        EATING OUT
          Many local pubs and restaurants offer excellent value half price meals on
          weekdays to pensioners, two for the price of one, why not find out what is
          available in your area.

86        MUSEUMS
          Most museums have a very low cost or free entry, when did you
          last explore yours?

87        FIRE DRILL
          Every home is covered by a local fire             station, invite them to visit
          your home, the clients get a better               understanding as to who
          will attend in the event of fire, the             fireman an insight into the
          client group and the building, and                the care staff get to meet
          the burley fireman!

88        WHO’S A PRETTY BOY?
          Purchase a pet, a simple budgerigar or goldfish provides hours of
          entertainment and someone for whom the residents can care.

89        WRONGFUL ARREST
          Most homes have a beat bobby, invite him into the home, meet the clients,
          offers a sense of security and interesting conversation.


90        CHANGING ROOMS
          Frequently the care homes are redecorated, invite the decorator to discuss
          colour schemes with the clients, and create their own design.

91        HELLO / OK MAGAZINES
          Glossy colourful coffee table magazines, interesting pictures and articles of
          famous people, an excellent discussion document for a coffee morning.

92        WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
          Simple household objects placed in a box, one resident is allowed
          to feel, and then has to describe without naming the object to others.

93        POLISH THE BRASS
          Ask the home cleaner to bring into the lounge any brass or copper objects,
          and spend a leisurely half hour inviting the clients to help clean same.


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94      ROTARY CLUB
        You have a local one, they have many members, ask them if a member would
        come along and give a talk on their profession or hobby.

95      A TRIP TO THE MERCHANTS
        Your maintenance man has a van with an empty passenger seat, when
        fetching materials, is there a resident who would enjoy a trip to the builders
        merchants, and perhaps even a bacon butty at the local greasy spoon.

96      LAYING THE TABLES
        Some clients want to be active, a nicely laid table is a delight
        to sit at, why not invite the clients to join in.

97      POSTMAN
         The clients post arrives together, why not invite a client to become a
         postman, to sort and distribute.



98      WHEELCHAIR SLALOM
        Using a wheelchair, with the clients as passengers and
        blindfolded carers, negotiate your way around the obstacles in
        the lounge, test your communication driving skills.

99      BEER MAKING
        Available from most good chemists, a simple home beer making pack,
        enjoyable to make and even more to drink



100     PRESSING DRIED FLOWERS
        On the trips into the countryside, or walks around
        the garden, pick suitable flowers, wrap in kitchen
        towel and press between books, and start the homes
        own collection

101     THE MOST OBVIOUS OF ALL!
        Invite your clients to form a committee, to decide upon and promote social
        activities and take back control and ownership of their own activities.



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There is something for everyone within
 the programme, a small investment
  initially will pay massive dividends
                  in time.

Your clients may have differing levels of
   ability, but with enthusiasm their
  abilities will be increased, activities
    should be safe but also exciting,
     participation is perhaps more
         important than success.

           GOOD LUCK…
      ENJOY YOUR SOCIAL
         PROGRAMME



              Prime Life Limited

                 Caenarvon House
             121 Knighton Church Road
                 Leicester LE2 3JN


                Phone: 0116-270-5678
                 Fax: 0116-270-2318
             E-mail: info@prime-life.co.uk

				
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