[ December 19, 2015 ]
Our activity schedules within our care homes aim to both physically and mentally stimulate residents. We believe that taking part in activities, particularly amongst peers, can promote a strong sense of wellbeing in an individual, giving them more confidence if they feel they can contribute to the activity, and helping to stimulate parts of the brain that are affected by dementia and other mental health issues.
At Shaw care homes, we create our activity schedules with the aim of encouraging therapeutic enjoyment and allowing opportunities for our residents to be social. Mental activities such as word searches and puzzles stimulate the individual mentally, helping them to improve concentration, as well as short term and long term memory. Crafts and other various gentle activities can help improve physical mobility, as well as encourage relaxation and release tension. We offer emotional support through all our activity choices, acknowledging achievements and successes of each individual.
We also like to celebrate events such as birthdays and anniversaries, as we believe special occasions help engage the mind of those suffering from dementia. Other regional and national events are also celebrated, and religious observances and cultural activities are also recognised. We try and encourage trips away from the care homes such as meals out, shows and theatre trips.