Elder Care in Southport, CT
Finding ways to stay busy throughout the day with your senior loved one can become daunting. You want to keep them mentally engaged, but you're running out of ideas for things they want to do, and that they are capable of doing.
Here are a few simple and creative ideas for taking items around the house and making something new with them. Depending on their fine motor skills, some of these suggestions may need to be modified, but overall the idea is that they can take existing products and make them into something else.
Collage projects. By taking scraps of fabric, scrap paper, and even old gift wrap, seniors can "re-make" plain picture frames into brightly colored works of art or cover any other flat surface such as a canvas or even just a piece of cardboard.. All that is needed is a paintbrush and some watered down glue. The seniors should apply glue to the fabric or paper scraps, then apply the scraps around the outside of the frame. If it does not feel like it is sticking well, they may need to brush additional glue on top of the fabric to let it soak in. If arthritis is an issue, search for adaptive art tools such as those found at specialty stores online.
Tissue Paper projects. Start with a cardboard or construction paper base in the shape and size of your senior's choice. Then cut (or if your senior is not able to have them precut) tissue paper into small squares of about an inch and a half each. Put a small amount of glue onto the base, and then have the senior use a fingertip to twist the tissue paper and put it down into the glue. Repeat all over. If your senior finds their finger sticking to the glue, they can try using a knitting needle (the thick end) instead.
Decorate an ornament. Using a Styrofoam ball and a combination of the collage skills as described above, your senior can make a beautiful ornament and then add a family photo for a finishing touch. This is a wonderful project for this time of the year.
Besparkling. Taking a plain item, whether a picture frame, a scrapbook cover, or even a box, and transforming it into something beautiful and sparkly. Start by covering the item in a glitter paint. Buy some sparkly add-ons. These can be beads or gems – anything with a flat back should work fine. Glue them on once the paint is dry.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Southport, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.