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We asked caregivers for creative activities. They delivered.

By October 23, 2019 March 27th, 2020 No Comments

in-home caregiversNeed a few ideas for fun activities with an aging loved one? Family Directed has you covered.

Whether you’re a family caregiver or a personal care assistant, continuously coming up with fun and engaging activities is not easy. So, we asked caregivers from across the country to share their best activity ideas. Family Directed received nearly 200 responses. They were certainly creative. A vast majority were heartwarming. And, some provided us with a good laugh.

The following three ideas stood out to us because they were highly creative and exceptionally compassionate.

Creative, compassionate, and fun

“I took my client on a sightseeing drive around the Black Hills. We stopped at Custer State Park and walked on the trails. The time gave us an opportunity to share memories of trips with our families. We also drove along the Needles Highway and visited Sylvan Lake, taking a lot of pictures along the way. On the trip back home, we stopped at Candyland. It’s the world’s largest candy store! She absolutely loved it and of course stocked up on goodies for her grandkids! We had the best time on our adventure around the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota!”

— Brooke, H. in South Dakota.

“My client was a very respected lawyer. I took him to the courthouse where he practiced law. He had the opportunity to visit with former colleagues and enjoy the day in the courtroom. The client was also an avid golfer in his day, so we made a day of hanging out at the club house. I made accommodations to have him take a ride in a golf cart around the greens!”

— Summer, W. in Tennessee

“I took several pictures of photos that were hanging up in the house and new family photos with the client, their children, and grandchildren. I used my Walgreens app to create a photo book listing their names, dates, and the location of the photo. This provided an easy reference for the client (I also gave the spouse a copy). The photos won’t fall out and fade easily anymore. They were very grateful because the couple didn’t know how to do this type of project. The family was also busy with their own lives. Going to Walgreens to pick up the project also provided for a nice afternoon outing!”

— Brittany, C. in Virginia

Activity ideas for you

We all don’t have the Black Hills National Forest nearby. However, these ideas form caregiver submissions can get you started with a fun activity. Enjoy your time together!

  • Gardening
  • Baking
  • Memory games
  • Painting
  • Makeovers
  • Bingo
  • Sightseeing and nature walks
  • Decorating for holidays
  • Dancing
  • Creating a scrapbook
  • Art and crafts

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