Autumn activities at Chocolate Works
At Chocolate Works Care Village, residents have been participating in a range of activities that focus on the Autumn season.
Residents and staff have decorated their communities for ‘all things autumn’ with sensory stations, visual displays and resident’s artwork displays. By decorating for the seasons, our homes can create a more welcoming and stimulating environment for residents. It can also help to improve their mood, cognitive function, and social interaction by giving them something to talk about and do with their loved ones and care staff.
Decorating communities for the various seasons is important for residents, especially for those who experience little, or no, time in the outdoors. Creating these seasonal displays within the home brings the outside in, keeps residents in tune with the changing seasons and brings a new energy to the home.
It can also help residents to feel connected to their culture and traditions and can be a way to celebrate special occasions with family and friends.
Arts and crafts – Bookmarks
Arts and crafts can be a fun and relaxing way for residents to express themselves creatively. It can also help to improve their mood, reduce stress, and boost their self-esteem. It can help to keep their minds active and engaged and can also help to improve their memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills.
It is also a great way for residents to socialise, get involved with activities, build relationships with each other and with the care staff whilst also creating a sense of community and belonging.
Arts and crafts sessions can be adapted to meet the needs and abilities of all residents. For example, residents with limited mobility can participate in activities such as painting, drawing, and collage. Residents with dementia can participate in activities that are focused on sensory stimulation and reminiscence.
Residents enjoyed creating these autumnal bookmarks, from choosing which design, colouring them in and adding the tassles on.
At Chocolate Works, residents love participating in quizzes. They help to keep residents’ minds active and engaged, improve their memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills and encourages socialisation among residents and care staff.
Quizzes can be a fun and relaxing activity for residents, helping to reduce stress, improve their mood and keep them mentally stimulated and engaged. This can be especially important for residents with dementia and/or other cognitive impairments.
Quizzes can be adapted to meet the needs and abilities of all residents. For example, quizzes can be made more or less challenging, depending on the residents’ cognitive abilities. Quizzes can also be tailored to residents’ interests, such as music, sports, history, or current events. Our recent autumn themed quiz went down a treat with residents as we chatted about the answers and discussed our favourite autumn memories.