Valentine’s Day: Love is in the air…and on the canvas!

Valentines day is on the way, and it’s always nice to give your residents an opportunity to celebrate through artwork. The example shown in this tutorial is done in an ombre style, however your residents may choose to paint their background in any colour or pattern they choose. For some residents, it may be less…

Simple Geometric Painting Tutorial

This is a great option for any group of residents you may be working with, as the ‘artist’ can choose any colour combination, or pattern they wish. You may find that some people will struggle to paint different colours in each section, even with your support. The residents certainly have the option to use the…

Memory Care: How To Use Doll Therapy As A Meaningful Group Activity.

Doll therapy is so beneficial for those who are drawn to it. Having therapy dolls displayed in visible locations on memory care units, and particularly in a nursery life station setting, provides the residents with an opportunity to engage in this type of therapy when they feel inclined to. Doll therapy may not be appropriate…

DIY Mini Putt Game -A step by step tutorial

SUPPLIES NEEDED: 1x Hula hoop 2x Broomsticks 3x Pool Noodles With A Hole In The Centre 3x Bristol Board 2x Paint Stir Sticks Astroturf Hot Glue Gun Glue Gun Refills Power Drill Hand Saw 4x screws Duct Tape Scissors Putter Golf ball HOW TO BUILD YOUR MINI PUTT GREEN: Start with two pool noodles and…

Halloween ‘Candy Toss’ Game

Supplies Needed: Bean Bag Toss Game Bristol Board Paint and Brushes Scissors Tape Mock Candy: Ribbon + Felt + 3x Large Wooden Beads ALTERNATE OPTIONS: Regular Bean Bags OR Candy/ Mini Chocolate Bars Making The Game: Lay sheet of bristol board over top of your bean bag toss game. Putting slight pressure on the Bristol…

‘Pictionary’ In Memory Care -A quick, fun, flexible activity.

I love activities that give the residents an opportunity to poke fun at me. If you are hesitant to try this one because you aren’t confident in your drawing skills, don’t let that stop you. In my experience, the drawings that are horrible are the ones that get the most chuckles. I like to joke…

Long Word – Short Word

This is a great intellectual activity that requires minimal preparation, and can be done as a short, timed program, or left to run it’s course as a longer activity. Equipment Required: -Large Dry Erase Board -Dry Erase Markers How is ‘Long Word – Short Word’ Played? -Choose a long word to write at the top…

Build A Bug – A Fun New Dice Game

This game is a modified version of a game called “Beetle.” The original game is a lot of fun, and people seem to really enjoy it, however it requires two staff to play, and is a very fast paced, competitive game. This is great for some residents in long term care, but can be stressful…

DIY Personalized Sorting Pots!

*Please be very cautious when using small items such as marbles, as they can be a chocking hazard. When sorting tasks with small pieces are in use by a person with dementia, please be sure that a caregiver is close by to supervise the activity. I have seen these 3 piece flower pot sets for…

DIY Patterned Sorting Squares

Whether you use your patterned squares as a sorting task, or for visual stimulation for residents, they will certainly come in handy when working in memory care. The assorted patterns and vivid colours can be used to connect with residents, and start conversations about a range of topics. I have used the squares to spark…

Simple DIY Sensory Boards

Whether you are using bright colours to catch a residents attention, soft/ silky textures to stimulate their sense of touch, or a unique material to trigger specific memories, sensory stimulation can help you to connect with low functioning residents in memory care. Sensory boards can be a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to reach residents,…

When A ‘Crafty’ Resident Loses Their Ability To ‘Craft’…

What can you do for someone with dementia who has always loved arts and crafts, but can no longer follow simple instructions? I have seen so many residents lose their confidence when it comes to programs that they used to enjoy, and crafts are no exception. The last thing I want is for a resident…

Movie Theatre Life Station – The Affordable Way.

Creating life stations within your memory care units does not have to eat away at your budget. Once you have a vision for what you’d like the area to look like, it’s just a matter of brainstorming the least expensive way to reach the final product you have in mind. These days, we have so…