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Parachute Aerobics

Posted by admin on May 20, 2009
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We all sit in a circle, each taking an end of the parachute and shaking it up and down with beach ball or balloons on top. The residents try to stop the ball coming off the parachute using their head, elbows & shoulders. Its great exercise and good fun. You can make up teams or just all play together.

I got our parachute from the Winslow activity book but Asda also now stock them and they’re a lot cheaper there.



Annmarie, Centenary House Nursing Home, Coatbridge.
Note from Carestar: This item is available from our Amazon Store

Activity Games-Saving Money

Posted by admin on April 22, 2009
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I bought Giant Dominoes, Lacing Beads, Rope Quoits, Skittles, Giant 4 in a Row and Giant Board Games which include Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, and Draughts and a Parachute.

I bought these on and saved a lot of money (£300) by using this site, compared to the Rompa book.

The lacing beads are good for hand and eye co-ordination. The rope quoits, parachute, snakes and ladders are going down great, all the residents seem to like them.

The 4 in a Row is going down well also but it is more for people in the early stages of dementia.


Amazon has been great and the delivery service is great and all has been packaged well too.


Shelly, Activities Co-ordinator. Crossgates Care Home, Kilmarnock.

Note from Peter: After speaking to Shelly about this I thought that if anyone was able to save (£300) this amount of money could go along way in enhancing the residents quality of life in so many other ways. So I contacted Amazon and we now have a page with products specifically for the elderly. Click Here to view. If you have any other suggestions of products or other relevant companies please let me know and we will add them.

Crossword Thinker!

Posted by admin on February 04, 2009
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If you use a cheap cross-word book bought in most pound shops, you can ask the questions to the residents and giving them the first letter of the answer and a few wee hints, its amazing how is makes them think and is a good challenge for them. 

Margaret Swan at Dalmoak Castle, Dumbarton

Bingo with a Difference

Posted by admin on January 31, 2009
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Our best activities in our complex is Bingo. We play bingo in our complex 3 times per week and we find it attracts the most Tenants. We don’t play for cash prizes but things like shower gel, house cleaning products, sweets, ornaments and sometimes we include a lottery ticket which always goes down well. It means tenants that don’t get out that often have the chance of winning something that they maybe find very useful. If they don’t need the prize they have won they will then swap it with another tenant who has something more exciting.


When the tenants come down to the hall they pay £1 for a book of six games and so it does not drag on we only do a single line and the last house is a full house with a slightly better prize. We then play 3 games and stop for tea/coffee and cakes and have a break of 15 minutes to allow the tenants to have a wee blether and mix with any other tenants in the hall. This is always a good time to introduce any new tenants and make them feel welcome. The bingo all in take about 1 hour and after that some tenants sit on in the lounge and have a blether. On a Sunday we play hoy and its bingo played with playing cards instead of numbers .The cards that are shouted out and we have special hoy cards made up and once all your card are out you shout “Hoy” instead of bingo and if you shout bingo you don’t get the prize. This can be fun to watch and gets the brain going. 

Hope this helps!



Ann Sloan, Assistant Housing Support Officer, Smithycroft Very Sheltered Housing, Glasgow