Bingo, Bible study and birthday parties – at some nursing homes, that’s as good as it gets. Traditionally, long-term care facilities have come up short in the activities realm, relying on old standbys that aren’t meaningful or particularly enjoyable. But change and innovation have arrived, which means seniors could be belting karaoke tunes one night and watching comedy on YouTube the next.
“We’re past just trying to fill time,” says Natalie Davis, a Dallas-based consultant who specializes in gerontology and teaches courses on developing activities for long-term care residents. “We want to enrich their lives.” Here’s a sampling of some innovative nursing home activities: