Activities for February

February is often one of the coldest months of the year and as activity coordinators, its a good idea to plan activities that help keep us warm, says Jan Millward…

Its easy to be creative when it comes to meaningful activities that keep us busy. A jolly morning together chopping vegetables for a warming soup can be a simple pleasure for all your residents.

Or, why not try a reminiscing session about how we used to heat our homes and beds. Talk about stone hot water bottles, layers of blankets and eiderdowns as well as candlewick bed covers. Have some different blankets for people to touch and hold too. Chat about laying the fire, using bellows and drawing the air in by holding a newspaper in front of the fire. Did anyone toast bread or muffins in front of the fire?

DIGNITY MONTH

1 February: Dignity in Action Day

Many homes will have a dignity champion and this is the day to promote the importance of protecting everyones dignity. You can find plenty of activities below, or see some of the suggested plans online.

Organise a Dignitea party: If visitors are allowed in, this could be a great social event. Get out the posh cups if you have them!

Make a dignitree. Create paper leaves out of card and encourage staff, visitors as well as residents to write what dignity means to them. Hang them on a branch or stick on a collage of a tree.

Laminate copies of The Ten Dignity Doswhich you can find here: Put up in staff rooms and public areas as little reminders.

Make friendship bracelets: this links in with both Valentines Day and Dignity Day). Find simple instructions here.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

1 February: Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) –It will be a busy start to the month! (See last months article for ideas.)

5 February: Six Nations Starts – A month-long rugby tournament. Print off the schedule, and see if any residents support a particular country. This is a great time to organise a pop-up pub with snacks and drinks.

9 February: National Pizza Day – Use shop-bought bases or make your own and spread with tomato paste or pesto, then encourage your residents to add their favourite ingredients. Get them grating cheese and prepping the vegetables.

14 February: Valentines Day – Some care homes prefer to call it Friendship Day to avoid upsetting residents who may have lost a partner. Either way, there are many activities you could try. Maybe a poetry morning – come up with alternative verses to the Roses are Red rhyme, or do a spot of flower-arranging and biscuit icing to give as gifts.

27 February: Elizabeth Taylor’s Birthday – Talk about her many husbands as well as her glittering career! Show one of her films, maybe Cleopatra or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Get the dressing up box out too, and enjoy plenty of glittering jewels.