We know it’s going to be a little different celebrating Christmas in your care home this year.
With Covid safety measures in place, you may be struggling to find inspiration and motivation for your usual festive activities.
We’ve put together a list of ideas to keep the magic of Christmas alive during these difficult times.
Keep on carolling
Singing can boost morale and improve mental and physical health. It’s cost free, fun and brings people together in times of possible loneliness. Although there are Covid risks associated with singing indoors, there are also ways in which to do it safely.
Care England and National Care Forum (NCF) have collaborated with National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), Music for Dementia and Live Music Now to produce a leaflet called ‘Keeping singing in tune with COVID-19 restrictions’.
This leaflet has been produced to help care providers lead safe group singing and music activities over the festive period with controlled measures to consider putting into place to help with planning and risk assessing in advance.
Why not invite friends and family members of residents to join a Christmas carol service via Zoom or another online video platform? Spread the spirit of Christmas further while helping residents feel more connected.
Christmas crafts are a great way to keep residents occupied and creative over the festive season. Taking part in arts and crafts can have many health benefits including improving cognitive ability, stress and pain relief. It’s also extremely therapeutic and a great way for staff to relax and escape the stresses of Covid.
Why not encourage residents to create their own cards for their loved ones, or perhaps some handmade decorations? Check out some of these easy to make Christmas craft ideas for adults and perhaps plan a few arts and crafts sessions each week in the run up to the big day.
Nothing beats sitting under a blanket, getting cosy with a hot drink and enjoying a festive film. These days there are so many to choose from on various streaming sites. You could spend hours escaping the real world and enjoying Christmas classic or modern remake.
Ask residents to vote for their favourite films and perhaps have one showing a day in the run up to Christmas to make sure everyone's wishes have been fulfilled. Take a look at some best Christmas films according to The Independent, to remind you of your favourites and get the conversation going.
Have yourself a merry little quizmas
Hosting a Christmas-themed quiz is a great way to keep residents entertained and their brains engaged. You could even go all out and include some festive-themed prizes like chocolates and mulled wine, as an incentive for residents to take part.
To save staff the time of putting a quiz together, here are some recommended Christmas quizzes to try out in your home.
- Memory Lane Therapy - 20 question downloadable quiz
- Christmas Trivia - Choose between a selection of five printable Christmas trivia quizzes varying in difficulty
- Icebreaker Ideas - Take your pick of Q&As from Icebreaker Ideas' list of 182 Christmas trivia questions
Feast on festive foods
One of the best things about Christmas is being able to indulge in all the delicious festive treats, and we all know homemade is always better. Why not try putting on a festive baking session where residents can bake their own mince pies or gingerbread men to be shared with each other, or perhaps family members visiting over the Christmas period.
Ask residents what their favourite food to eat is around Christmas and perhaps think about hosting a session each week where residents are invited to show off their skills in the kitchen. Baking is also a great way for residents to express their creativity, focus and generosity.
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