Participating in arts and crafts can bring the happiness and enrichment many seniors seek in their lives, providing creative opportunities to stimulate the brain and even potentially improve dexterity. The aged care experts at Home Care Assistance in North Coast have put together this list of arts and crafts projects your senior loved one may enjoy.
Polymer Clay Crafts
Working with clay is not too difficult, and even seniors with dexterity challenges can still roll clay. Many thingscan be made with polymer clay, and holiday ornaments are a popular choice. Your loved one can use cookie cutters to shape the ornaments, then cut out a small hole at the top of each piece before the clay dries and place string through the hole.
Cutting out pictures from magazines or using favourite photos can make for a beautiful collage and encourage creative stimulation. When cutting out pictures from magazines, your loved one may want to choose a theme, such as holidays or seasons. Provide glue sticks for easier application of photos to cardboard or construction paper.
Painting Clay Flower Pots
A few flowerpots and some paint or paint pens can allow for a fun, creative afternoon. For seniors who enjoy gardening, this is a great way to personalize their own flower pot. Encourage your loved one’s imagination to run free.
Decorative Tin Cans
Your loved one can take soup cans or other tin containers and wrap them in yarn, tying the yarn at the end or using glue to hold it in place. Gluing buttons on top of the yarn can make for a fun, decorative item that can hold pens, pencils, and a variety of other small items.
Though arts and crafts projects can be stimulating for your loved one, he or she may be facing greater challenges with mobility or a decreased quality of mental wellness. A professional caregiver from North Coast Home Care Assistance can provide mobility assistance or companionship while engaging your loved one in brain-boosting activities. For hourly care North Coast families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. To learn more about our aged care options, call 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation.