Things to do
There are plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors to share and engage in pleasurable activities and celebrations together within the Arcare Community. Employees are there to share some of the different ways you can maintain meaningful visits. Here are some ideas for activities within the aged care residence.
Walks – go for a walk around the residence (this includes wheelchair walks).
Visits – take time to get to know other residents and / or families.
Lifestyle activities – participate in the residence’s enjoyable social and leisure activities.
Hobbies – get involved in a hobby such as knitting or stamps.
Bus Trips – join one of our bus trips or make your own suggestion for an interesting place to visit.
Family photos – share in the latest family photographs. Make photo boards and albums to display throughout the room.
Different visitors – grandchildren, old neighbours, work colleagues or church friends can make a visit even more special.
Letters / emails – keep in contact with old friends and family members via letters, cards or emails.
Newspapers / magazines – catch-up on favourite publications. This is a great pastime for residents who struggle to read themselves.
Gardens / gardening – sit and chat in our garden and courtyard areas, or pick up a broom, watering can or rake and help tend our gardens.
Computers – many residents have computers in their rooms, especially if they have had one at home. Computers are wonderful resources and a great way to engage everyone to learn or teach.
Personal history box – a box of items that trigger memories is a great thing to make and look through during visits. For example: old kitchen tools for great cooks or spools of thread for seamstresses.
Video games – ask the lifestyle department to set up some Nintendo games in preparation for a visit. This is a winner with the grandchildren.
Pets – pets are always welcome to visit. It is a great way for residents to continue a relationship with a cherished pet or connect with a new addition to the family.
Massage – almost everyone enjoys a soothing massage to the hands, feet or face. Scented creams often stimulate the senses and provide conversation.
Spring clean – dusting, rearranging furniture, going through old ornaments and clothing, etc. is a purposeful activity that makes residents more comfortable.
The café – many of our residences have cafés. Often it feels like a real outing just to sit in the café and chat with others. You may even decide to link up with other residents and families for regular café visits.
Music / movies – it is a wonderful idea for residents to have a TV, DVD and CD player in their room. Watching movies and listening to music provides great solo entertainment and is also a great activity for a group.
Meals – we welcome families during resident meal times. Meals are an important part of people’s daily lives, and represent a special opportunity to maintain familiar and comforting links with the past. This is particularly helpful with residents who need assistance with their meals.
Life history book – create a life book that includes photos and stories of times gone by. This is a wonderful tool to reflect with and a great way to record your family’s history. Life history books are also a terrific resource for employees to initiate discussion and to learn more about residents and their families. Please see the lifestyle department for assistance with this.
Visiting hours – visiting hours are unrestricted to promote a homelike environment. However we do ask that the privacy and rights of other residents be respected during family and friends visits. We ask that all residents use our Visitor’s Book each time they leave the residence.
It is important to sign out on departure, and then sign in again once back at the residence. It is also important that friends and relatives use the Visitors Book or sign-in touchscreen to sign in and out on each visit. This is for security and safety reasons in emergency situations.