The Importance of Activities in Nursing Homes

Throughout the years that we have been providing specialist dementia care and support, we have identified a number of great activities for the elderly in nursing homes to enjoy. All of the activities that we provide help to engage and stimulate our residents. Our passionate team is mindful to ensure that residents are not forced to participate in activities. If your loved one would rather spend time enjoying an alternative activity or having some quiet time to themselves, they are also supported to do this. We work hard to ensure that Willow Grange provides residents with a warm, relaxing, and fun environment to enjoy.

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Varied Activities for the Elderly in Nursing Homes

We pride ourselves on offering a broad range of activities for nursing home patients. It is important for any recreational therapist to ensure that they are matching the right activity to the resident’s individual physical and cognitive abilities. For example, it is likely that activities for nursing home residents with dementia will differ from those of our regular care residents.

Many activities in nursing homes can be done either individually or in groups. We have split our activities into two main categories that all work towards a common care goal. Those are “physical activities” and “stimulating activities”.

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Physical Activities in Nursing Homes

The physical activities for nursing home patients at Willow Grange include:



Resistance Training

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Stimulating Activities in Nursing Homes

These activities are designed to keep our residents stimulated, sociable and happy so they can enjoy their stay here at Willow Grange:

Pet Therapy




Knitting and Crocheting


Musical instruments

Food-Based Activities

Board Games and Cards

Birthday Parties

Our Approach to Activities for Nursing Home Patients

It comes as no surprise that people are more inclined to get involved in an activity and enjoy it if it matches their interests. Therefore, we actively encourage residents’ input when it comes to choosing activities for Willow Grange. If your loved one really enjoys a certain activity, please let us know and we will be more than happy to make that happen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What activities for the elderly in nursing homes are offered at Willow Grange?

At Willow Grange, all of the activities we offer help to engage, stimulate and encourage residents. Physical activities provided at Willow Grange include yoga, stretching and resistance training. Mentally stimulating activities offered to residents include pet therapy, painting, singing, sewing and so much more! If you’d like to find out more about the activities we offer our residents here at Willow Grange, get in touch today.

How do activities in nursing homes cater to different physical and cognitive abilities?

It is important for recreational therapists to ensure that activities are suited to the physical and cognitive abilities of each resident. All of the activities we offer our residents at Willow Grange can be done individually or within a group. In order to make it easier for residents to decide which activities might be more appropriate to suit their current capabilities, we split all of our pastimes into two groups: “physical activities” and “stimulating activities”.

Are residents allowed to suggest activities?

Yes! At Willow Grange, we actively encourage our residents to share their ideas when planning activities. If you know your loved one really enjoys a certain activity, please do let us know and we will be more than happy to incorporate it into our activity plans.

Why is it important that care home residents stay active?

We believe that a varied programme of activities for the elderly in nursing homes is essential. Partaking in regular social activities is crucial to not only maintaining good physical health, but also to ensuring residents’ happiness and wellbeing. At Willow Grange, we offer a range of social activities, fit for residents of all abilities, so there’s no reason why everyone can’t get involved!

Does my loved one have to participate in activities?

Though we do encourage all of our residents to engage in daily activities, your loved one will never be forced to participate in anything they do not wish to. We understand that activities in nursing homes should be varied, to appeal to a range of different interests. If your loved one would rather spend time enjoying quiet time alone, they will, of course, be supported to do this.

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