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  1. Activity Support Meetings




  1. National organisations




  1. Sheffield organisations




  1. Months of the year




  1. Planning and evaluating activities – templates



  1. Activity Support Meetings

These quarterly meetings aim to support and develop the skills of Activity Co-ordinators and other staff who are interested in promoting Occupation & Activity in their care home. It is also an opportunity to share ideas and make links with other homes.


Information that has been generated from Activity Support Meeting attendees has been compiled into a resource pack (available on request). The pack includes details of;

  • Entertainers

  • Arts and Crafts Resources

  • Dancing

  • Therapy / Music

  • Outings

  • Fundraising

The meetings are held at


Firth Park Clinic

North Quadrant

Firth Park

S5 6NU
Usually on the third Thursday of


January

April


July

October



For details about dates and times, contact the Care Homes Support Team; 0114 3054109



  1. National organisations


NAPA (National Association of Activity Providers)

NAPA provide training and resources for activity workers in care homes.



www.napa-activities.co.uk
Alzheimer’s Association

Details of organisation.



www.alzheimers-research.org.uk
My Home Life

Details of organisation.



www.myhomelifemovement.org
Carestar

Web based forum for care home staff to share activity ideas



www.carestar.co.uk
Jabadao

A national charity that works in partnership with the education, health, arts and social care sectors to bring about a sea change in the way people work with the body and movement.



http://www.jabadao.org



  1. Sheffield organisations


Activity Sheffield

Activity Sheffield aims to increase activity opportunities across Sheffield.

Activities for adults aged 45 years and over include, chair-based exercise, gentle exercise sessions, Boccia, new age curling and active sport-specific sessions.
2 – 10 Carbrook Hall Road

S9 2DB


Tel: 2734266
activity.sheffield@sheffield.gov.uk

General Information

Sheffield Help Yourself


www.sheffieldhelpyourself.org.uk

4. Months of the year

This pack aims to give seasonal ideas and guidance to staff involved in providing occupation and activity for residents.

It is not a definitive list and consideration should still be given to information gathered as part of a person’s personal history, Life Story Work and information included in their person centred care plan.

When planning and supporting occupation & activity, consideration should be given to resident’s, views, choices, likes and dislikes, aspirations, physical and cognitive abilities and previous experiences of activity and occupation.




January

Special events

Activities




New Year



Gather items that the residents have made over the past year, include photographs of events; what has been special? What have they enjoyed?

Discuss New Year’s Resolutions.

Plan Activities for the New Year.

Plan to grow vegetables, look at plant catalogues.

Make bird feeders & winter bird cake


5th

Twelfth Night


Pack away Christmas Decorations

Dusting and tidying



6th

Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday

Show DVD’s, Make disguises, Murder Mysteries.

Guessing games



8th

Elvis Presley’s Birthday


Elvis entertainer, play music, fancy dress competition

18th

Winnie the Pooh Day

(Birthday of A A Milne)



Read from the famous books

Celebrate Honey!



25th

Burns Night

Celebrate Scotland & Scottish Poetry; Eat Nepes (Swede), Tatties (Potatoes) & Haggis, perhaps a little Whisky tasting!

26th

Australia Day

Australian themes; make your own great barrier reef scene, Boomerang Game

February

Special events

Activities

7th


Charles Dickens birthday

Hold a Victorian Day, read from Dickens novels, show Dickens films




Chinese New Year


Make Chinese dragon sock puppets,

Chinese lanterns.

Have Chinese food





Shrove Tuesday

Mix up batter, make and eat pancakes – try different toppings.

Have pancake races, pass the pancake, flip the pancake






Ash Wednesday

The beginning of Lent; What are you going to give up? Sponsorship/money raising ideas

14th

St Valentine’s Day



Make cards, hearts and cupids.

Watch romantic films.

Make a big heart poster and ask people to put messages on about who they love

Heart shaped food, pink and red food.







Academy Awards


Hold your own Oscar Ceremony, celebrate films and fashion.

Show Oscar winning films





March

Special events

Activities

1st

St David’s Day,

Patron Saint of Wales



Make tissue paper daffodils, flower arranging with daffodils.

Eat Welsh cakes






Crufts

Hold a dog show, contact a ‘Pets as Therapy’ organisation.

Discuss breeds of dogs, working dogs and family pets






International Women’s Day


Discussion about famous women in history and what women have achieved. Ask female residents what their greatest achievements have been.




Mothering Sunday

Celebrate Our Mothers. Make corsages.

Have a special tea party – get the fancy china out, make the dining room into a tearoom






No Smoking Day

British Heart Foundation campaign, join in;

www.nosmokingday.org.uk

17th

St Patrick’s Day,

Patron Saint of Ireland



Irish Culture day; music and dance, make shamrocks.

Leprechauns. Irish food and drink (potatoes, soda bread, Irish stew, bacon, cabbage, Guinness) Irish singers / Dancers






World Poetry Day

Write, read and display poetry.

Read ‘A little, a loud’





World Water Day

Raise awareness of the importance of water

Make rainmakers/shakers with dries pulses, rice






World Weather Day


Make a weather board for the home, look at different

weather pictures. Peoples memories of adverse weather






British Summer time begins.



Clocks go forward.

Prepare for a Spring Clean, dusting and cleaning



April

Special events

Activities

Easter

Palm Sunday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday


Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bonnet Parade, Easter buns

Make chicks and rabbits



1st


April Fool’s Day

Share your favourite Jokes until midday

4th


International Miners Day

Mining in Yorkshire; Reminiscence, coal deliveries, coal house etc




Grand National Race

Sweepstake

Race night



14th

Anniversary of the Titanic striking an iceberg

Cinema; watch the film, eat popcorn and choc ices

21st


The Queens Birthday

Celebrate the royal family and pageantry




London Marathon

Do part of the run in the home – sponsorship opportunity

Movement to music, chair based exercise.



23rd

St George’s Day, patron saint of England

Celebrate England; food, music, sport, humour, history

23rd


William Shakespeare’s birthday

Discuss Shakespearean sayings and characters in plays



Press flowers, flower quizzes

Make miniature gardens

Living Eggs; watch eggs hatch out (various sources)






May

Special events

Activities

1st

May Day


Make garlands

Make button hole flowers out of tissue paper & pipe cleaners





Bank Holiday





8th

VE Day, Victory in Europe Day


End of WW2 in Europe




International Nurses Day


Memories of hospitals in the past.

Nurses to celebrate their international backgrounds



12th

Limerick Day (birthday of Edward Lear)

Read and write limericks




International Day of Families


Celebration of Families; quiz – famous parents and children.

Discuss own families. Celebrate the ‘care home’ family



19th

Anniversary of the publication of ‘Gone With the Wind’

Frankly my dear…. Hold a movie screening



Vegetarian Week

Try different foods, cheese tasting



Whitsuntide, Whit Sunday

Remembering church outings and picnics

May – September

Well dressings

Derbyshire & South Sheffield www.welldressing.com

Make own well dressings









Plant Hanging Baskets


June

Special events

Activities



The month of marriage

Celebrate wedding traditions. Reflect on own weddings, engagements, honeymoons



World Environment Day

Discuss recycling past and present; rationing etc

Gather spare clothing for sale





National Gingerbread Day

Make gingerbread men and biscuits

6th


D-Day Anniversary

WW 2 themes

Eden Camp visits



10th


Judy Garland’s Birthday

Judy Garland’s films and songs


Trooping the Colour

Queen’s official birthday


Father’s Day

Celebrating father-figures



Age UK Falls Awareness Week

Healthy Feet

www.ageuk/falls-awarenessweek



Royal Ascot

Ladies Day



Watch the racing coverage

Make extravagant hats, fashion show, Glamorous Gran Competition




Highland Show

The Scottish countryside; bagpipes, Scottish dancing, tartan, highland cattle, tossing the caber

21st


Summer Solstice, Longest Day

Celebrate the sun & sunshine; art work, poetry

Have a Yellow day






Wimbledon

Tennis Quiz

Practice Tennis on Wii-Fit, ball games

Strawberries and Cream








Site a bird bath

Summer Fair






July

Special events

Activities






Named after Julius Caesar



Roman themes




4th


American Independence Day

Celebrate America; food, films, sport, music

Go bowling

Cherry pie, peach cobbler, Mississippi mud pie, brownies, cup cakes

Country & Western music, Western films








Chocolate Day



Chocolate tasting, chocolate decorations

Chocolate and sweets quizzes







Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day




Picnic Food & Activities

Make a ‘I Need a Hug’ Teddy Bear box







Ice Cream Day



Ice Cream Parlour

Different toppings / cones












Plant sale/ plant swap

Sights, sounds and smells from the garden

Photography, Make photo / picture frames





August

Special events

Activities





Yorkshire Day

Celebrate all things Yorkshire; Pie and Peas, rhubarb, Yorkshire puddings, white roses, football, cricket, music, landscape, history.

Sheffield Monopoly Game







Eisteddfod in Wales

Celebration of Welsh music







International Youth Day

Promote inter-generational links; local scout / guide groups,

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Tel: 2551805)







Glenn Miller Festival

Music and Dance





Notting Hill Carnival

Summer party, make costumes, Caribbean themes, fruit cocktails






Bank holiday












Blackpool Illuminations

Visit the coast

Get the coast to come to you - Celebrate the British seaside; bare feet in sand, knotted hankies, bucket & spades, fish & chips, hook-a-duck







September

Special events

Activities



Last night of the Proms

Listen to classical music, get patriotic; wave flags etc



Universal Children’s Day


Remembering childhood; games, clothes




International Day of Peace

Harmony, peace and good relations




World Alzheimer’s Day


Dementia Awareness themes;

Play music and ask the resident’s ‘what’s the next line?’






World Maritime Day


Celebrate all things that sail;





Day of Deaf People


Hearing Awareness. www.deafadvice.org.uk

How all communication can be enhanced

Communication without words

Test the senses; touch, taste, smell






Autumn




Planting spring bulbs, collect seeds




Harvest themes

Bread making, Vegetable tasting, apple tasting

Vegetable and fruit bingo, harvest songs

School visits

Flower arranging

Scarecrow competitions


October

Special events

Activities

1st

Older People’s Day


Celebrate getting older and wiser.

Older People we admire






World Teacher’s Day


School days reminiscence; slates & chalk, school nurse, strict teachers, best teachers, punishments




World Post Day

The postal service; help the resident’s to write letters or send emails to friends and family. Source pen-pals from other care homes



World Sight Day

The Right to Sight.

www.srsb.org.uk (Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind).

Promote good vision – clean spectacles, check effectiveness of lighting, clean windows and lamp shades etc. Good lighting for reading





World Food Day


Try food from all over the world;

Play ‘Where in the World’ – give verbal and visual clues, ask residents to guess the country




British Summer Time ends



Clocks go back

Start to feed the birds; make a bagel bird feeder. String up Cheerios



31st

Halloween


Pumpkin carving

Ghost stories

Halloween food

Decorations




November

Special events

Activities

5th


Bonfire Night


Firework display

Bonfire artwork

Parkin, Bonfire Toffee, Jacket Potatoes




Remembrance Sunday

Contact British Legion re to support fundraising; www.britishlegion.org.uk

Watch the service on TV from the Cenotaph

Make Poppies, Wear Poppies, medals


11th


Armistice Day

End of the War in Europe 1918




World Diabetes Day


Awareness, care for eyes and feet


Children in Need day

Fund raising

Bad tie / outfit competition






World Television Day

Remember early TV programmes; comedies, soaps, quiz shows etc. Play countdown (make large letters for the residents to choose from)


Stir it up Sunday

Making Christmas pudding





Making advent items and things for the Christmas Fair;

Decorations, make cards, gift tags, photo frames

Crackers, decorations, Make Christmas angels, wreaths

Calendars for next year; using copies of artwork that the residents have produced over the year or photos of resident activity / outings




December

Special events

Activities

1st


Start of Advent

Advent calendars

Christmas films

Visit Christmas lights; indoor & outdoor displays


4th & 5th


Tree Dressing Day

Residents participation in decorating the home




Civil Aviation Day

Celebrate planes and flights to foreign places

Memories of holidays and trips abroad





International Human Rights day

For example, the Freedom of Expression and Thought;

Residents and Relatives meetings






International Mountain Day

Books and pictures about mountains

Climb every Mountain; show the ‘Sound of Music’



24th 3pm


Carol’s from Kings

Carol services / concert

Carol singing



25th

Christmas Day

Play the first line of Christmas songs, can the residents follow with the rest of the song?

Christmas quizzes, snow ball target game








Collages of Christmas memories.

Display Christmas cards

Make Christmas table placemats.


31st


New Years Eve

Hogmanay; shortbread, fruit cake.

Remember the White Heather Club; Andy Stewart & Moira Anderson



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Care Home ………………………………………..

. Occupation and Activity Planning


Title of Occupation / Activity:

Location:


Assistance needed:

Participants (group size):
1 to 1 small group (2 – 6) large group

Length of time needed:



Time of day:





General aims:




Special Considerations: (e.g. sensory needs, seating requirement, risk assessment)




Contacts / Resources:








Time


Facilitator Action

(? Include introductions, explanations, description of tasks, evaluation, closing ritual)



Participant Activity

Equipment needed





















O
Care Home ……………………………………….

ccupation and Activity Planning (Example)




Title of Occupation / Activity:

Dominoes


Location:

Dining room




Assistance needed:

2 staff to bring residents to room and be available for toileting needs



Participants (group size):
1 to 1 small group (2 – 6) large group

Length of time needed:
30 mins – 1 ½ hours

Time of day:

Downstairs – a.m.

Upstairs – p.m.




General aims:



For residents to enjoy playing a game of dominoes with each other and/or staff.

Provide social interaction.



Mental stimulation; working out numbers. Physical; Dexterity and upper body movement

Special Considerations: (e.g. sensory needs, seating requirement, risk assessment)

Ensure hearing aids, spectacles and dentures are fit for purpose and are worn if needed

Dining chairs and 2 tables put together (ensure cleanliness)

Pillows / cushions to aid seating posture. Nurse call system available


Contacts / Resources:








Time


Facilitator Action

(? Include introductions, explanations, description of tasks, evaluation, closing ritual)



Participant Activity

Equipment needed

10 mins

Ensure residents are comfortably positioned.

Introductions; all participants

Focus on new residents


Introduce self and see if they can remember other residents names

Dining table

Dining chairs

Wheelchairs

Pillows / Cushions



Time


Facilitator Action

(? Include introductions, explanations, description of tasks, evaluation, closing ritual)



Participant Activity

Equipment needed

15 – 30 mins

Start the game as per game instructions

Keep score of each round.





Put all dominoes face down and shuffle round

Pick ….. dominoes each. Keep dominoes out of sight of others.

Take in turns to place matching dominoes to those in play on the table.

‘Knock’ and pick up spare dominoes if unable to go. The resident who plays all their dominoes first is the winner.




Prizes

Score Sheet

?League Table


15 mins

Coffee / Tea Break
? Look at the League Table

Lead discussion about other table games / childhood games



Pour own drinks if able.


Tea Trolley

Serviettes

Hand wipes


15 – 30 Mins

Start second game, as previous








5 mins

Closing ritual;



Applaud for the winner / winners

Join in popular song





Prizes

Score Sheet

?League Table

CD Player



ACTIVITY EVALUATION
Session Title …………………………………………………………………………….
Date………...... Time ………….. Activity Facilitator……………………………


Participants in attendance (numbers / names)


What went well?

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What didn’t go well?

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What would you change next time? (change planning sheet)

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Views of assistants;

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Views of service users / residents; Verbal Evaluation (formal & informal) …………………………………………….……………………………………………….. ...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

Visual Evaluation









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