Christmas can be an exciting time, full of joy and festivities, so how can we celebrate with seniors in aged care? There are little things you can do in your aged care facility to harness the spirit of Christmas and put a smile on the faces of your residents. Channel the benefits of art therapy and get crafty over Christmas!
Creative seniors Christmas craft activities will add decorations and Christmas cheer to your aged care facility or provide home-made gifts and decorations for friends, family and for the residents. From traditional Christmas cards to useful holiday heating pads, these ideas are simple to do and will ensure you keep the holiday spirit alive at your aged care facility.
Not only do craft activities give us a special keepsake, but they also contribute to working on hand-eye coordination, sensory stimulation, increasing self esteem, reducing depression and anxiety and assisting socialising.
Here are our top 5 fun Christmas crafts activities for seniors for holiday inspiration!
Homemade Christmas Cards
An oldie – but a goodie. There’s a huge variety of Christmas cards to create, and they all make great personalised gifts for family and friends. Pick and choose from these cards for endless afternoons of Christmas fun. You can even create rotating working stations so seniors can try their hand at the many different styles.
Waterless Snow Globes
You don’t need many supplies to make these gorgeous waterless snow globes – but the results are amazing! These easy-to-make decorations will keep seniors and family members alike smiling – and provide professional, heart-warming decorations your seniors can feel proud of. Get your waterless snow globe instructions here.
Christmas Candy Holders
Inexpensive and super simple, these Christmas candy holders will add a little Christmas fun to visiting time. They can be decorated in many different ways and are a really great exercise for seniors to get their imagination flowing.
These bow wreaths put a fun twist on a Christmas time classic – plus they help spruce up your aged care residents’ doors! The simplicity of making these bow wreaths make them a great aged care facility craft. Buy a variety of different coloured bows to allow for more creativity.
Festive Heating Pads
In aged care aches and pains can be a common experience amongst residents. Seniors can heat away their ailments with these easy-to-make heating pads. All you need is rice, scissors, a sewing machine and a festive Christmas towel.
There are endless projects out there to try, but arts and crafts are one of the best ways to get hands on and make this special time of the year enjoyable for seniors at aged care facilities.