The second in our series of Everybody Moving blog posts is aimed at residents in care homes, but I’m sure there are ideas for everyone.
Some mood boosting ideas that can be used throughout the day! We really miss the care home residents we work with. Our Active Armchairs sessions are some of the most rewarding things we do.
Care homes were one of the first places to realise the danger of Covid-19 and they shut their doors to visitors a long time ago. Isolating the vulnerable people living in care homes was a really good idea, but it has meant a big reduction in activity specialists, such as ourselves, coming in for a visit. We hope that the ideas below will go some way to helping the fantastic Activity Co-ordinators, who are so important to residents, to keep everyone moving.
Name and Move
An adaption on the well loved Name and Shape… Take it in turns. Each person says their name and does a movement. Everyone else copies by saying the name and doing the movement. You can do this at the table waiting for food or in the living room. It could also be done from the room doorways if needed at the moment. It might be difficult to see each other, but some one could move along the corridor to help out.
A Dance a long
Some of the TRS Teachers have been filming their favourite dances. We’ve created a playlist called Everybody Moving and it contains both Active Armchairs exercises and dances as well as other ideas for people of various ages and abilities. You can have a flick through on our YouTube channel
and we’ll share them on our Facebook page too. There are more to come so please keep checking back. The channel is therightstepdc and here’s the link to the Everybody Moving playlist
Something for the evening when no natural light’s coming in. Each person needs a torch. Turn the lights out, put some inspiring music on and dance in the dark. You can also try shadow puppets, explained in the first Everybody Moving blog
Talk about books that include magic in them. Each person needs a magic wand. This could be a stick from the garden, a lolly stick, spoon held backwards or, if your lucky enough to have them rhythm sticks. You can put some magical music and improvise or learn some magic spells from Harry Potter. There are lots of ideas on our full blog post called Magic Spells
Make Them Smile
The challenge is to make someone else in the room smile. Do a movement or a little dance just for them. It could be silly such as an octopus wiggle or it could be kind such as mining flowers growing and giving them away.
This song, by Black Lace, has lots of activities for daily living (ADLs) in it. It’s also a lot of fun to sing and dance to.
Just a few ideas to get you started. We will be sharing more ideas and videos so please keep an eye out. If there’s a theme you would like us to work around please let us know. We are also writing little messages to our care homes so please keep an eye out in the post.