As you may know, people who qualify for home health or hospice services have a tough time leaving home by themselves. Because we know how boring it can be not to be able to leave home, we decided it would be good to give a few ideas of activities that seniors can easily participate in at home!
Complete a Puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to keep your mind active while doing a relatively easy task! Puzzles also come in nearly endless designs, assortments, and complexities. In addition, puzzles can also help promote motor skills and help people improve their dexterity after an injury or surgery (always consult with a doctor if this is the case). If you’d like to find some great puzzle designs, I’d recommend Dowdle Puzzles — you can look at the puzzles they have available on their website.
Learn a New Skill
There are plenty of skills that you can master right at home! For example, I’ve recently started using Duolingo to learn Spanish and Chinese! If you’re into crafting, you could learn to knit or crochet. If you’re interested in cooking, you could buy a famous cookbook and try to master a few new recipes. Learning a new skill is an incredibly fulfilling way to pass the time at home.
Music is one of the most mentally stimulating activities a person can do. At Aspire Home Health and Hospice, we even use music in one of our best therapies, which you can learn more about here. Learning to play a new instrument online, taking online singing lessons, or even listening or humming along to music can be a great activity to do at home!
Host an Online Class
I’ve learned over the years that there is no shortage of wisdom or skills that we can learn from our senior communities. So, I think it would be a fantastic idea for seniors to host courses online for a craft or subject in which they feel confident! Of course, paid platforms like Thinkific are great for things like this. But, if you’d rather have a free option with fewer time constraints, you could start a YouTube channel! Hosting a class like this will not only be a great way to pass some time, but it will also help the teacher feel an enormous sense of purpose and belonging.
This one seems very obvious. But, I think many services are excellent when people are spending a lot of time at home. For example, you could join Book of the Month, which will send a brand-new hardcover book to your home for just $10/month. Book Of The Month also hosts virtual book clubs that are open to their members! My spouse uses Book Of The Month, and we’ve both been very impressed by the selection and price! Check it out at their website.
I hope this list has given you a few ideas for new activities that you can do at home! Be sure to leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite at-home activities are!