6 ways to help your residents reveal “A Spark of Creativity”

September 8-14 is National Assisted Living Week and Turenne PharMedCo would like to express our appreciation for our assisted living customers across the nation. We recognize the important work that you do in caring for older people and individuals with disabilities. To be entrusted with the care of another is a privilege and assisted living communities play a vital part in helping their residents remain healthy and engaged. We wish all of our customers, their residents and staff a very happy and enjoyable National Assisted Living Week!

National Assisted Living Week was established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living. According to the organization’s website, “The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.” The theme for this year, is “A Spark of Creativity.” During this time, the aim is to encourage residents to explore their creative sides through the arts and other activities. Whether it’s a field trip to a museum or a crafting activity, it’s important to provide residents with ways to continue to learn and create. Studies have proven that creative activities such as art therapy enhance residents’ moods, increase self-esteem and self-confidence as well as reduce anxiety. Assisted living communities can help their residents improve their quality of life and engage in several ways. Here are some ideas to help encourage “A Spark of Creativity”:

  • Add a little culture. Purchase stimulating reading material for your community’s lobby or common areas. Art books, crafting magazines and books about hobbies should make interesting additions.
  • Encourage journaling. Support your residents in expressing themselves by giving out journal and pen sets as birthday gifts or game prizes.
  • Have a talent show. Let residents and staff show off their talents and award prizes.
  • Find some community partners. Reach out to find talent at local schools and civic groups and invite them to perform at your community.
  • Plant a community garden or flower bed. Tending to plants can be extremely relaxing and rewarding. This can also be an excellent opportunity for residents to work together and get to know each other.
  • Have a costume party. Don’t wait until Halloween to dress up. Putting together a costume can be a fun and creative outlet that can take parties to a new level. Pick a theme based on a TV show, era in history or movie and encourage staff and residents to dress up.

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