Ideas needed for 'activities with elderly care home residents'.?

I have recently been employed as an Activities Coordinator in a care home for the elderly. Some of them have dementia, some of them are totally reliant on wheelchairs and assistance in everything they do and some are perfectly ok other than being elderly. I've not done this job before and Im finding it difficult to get the ball rolling and please so many people! I'd love some ideas from anyone, pleeeease. Thanks so much :)

Asked By: - 8/23/2010
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I was an activities directory years ago and it was the most rewarding job I have ever had. First let me say that these fine people deserve respect above all. Many times they are treated and spoken to like children... More
Answered By: Patricia - 8/23/2010
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Answered By: Lora - 8/23/2010
Some could play Monopoly or cards with each other and some could draw pictures with crayons. And there's the games I used to play at summer camp around the fire: one person starts a story, then the next continues, and it goes around until it's really funny. And have some music on in the background from the 50s to the... More
Answered By: Court - 8/23/2010
Make a set of activity cards for exercises. Each card has a movement on with the number of repetitions (do them to music) Each person is dealt a card and you work round the group... More
Answered By: The End - 8/24/2010
Make them smile. Bring in some children from the schools to sing to them.
Answered By: Sally Anne - 8/24/2010
Your not going to please all of them so don't even start to try. I have found that a lot of them like to play Bingo. For prizes they like bananas and small stuffed animals and quarters... More
Answered By: Nan's cat Tigger - 8/24/2010
My mum- in - law was in a wonderful home for two years at the end of her life; these are some of the many activities and treats laid in for her and the other residents... More
Answered By: christine lrice cake queen - 8/25/2010
My name is Jaime and I have a one hour sing along for senoirs. The time era of songs are 40's thru 70's.. broadway, showtunes, patriotic and the such..I have mY own equiptment and i come to you... if distance is feesable for me..the fee is what price you can budget for...I can be used for birthday parties and Christmas... More
Answered By: jaime t - 1/14/2014
I work in a nursing home and just recently we put on a dance party. We cranked the music and danced with the residents one at a time. It was amazing how much they enjoyed it. Some just sat there with huge smiles on their faces while others took part by just rocking back and forth while I held their hands. They were... More
Answered By: Lorrie - 3/22/2014
Memory Jogging Puzzles has easy puzzles with adult themes from The Saturday Evening Post. Wooden jigsaw puzzles have large chunky pieces that are great for elderly hands. There isn't One size puzzle for all, 6 piece for middle stages of Alzheimer's or memory loss; 12 piece for early to middle stages and 20 piece for... More
Answered By: Karen M - 3/24/2014
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