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Dementia Care Planning: The Importance of Hobbies and Activities

When it comes to specialist dementia care, the importance of hobbies and activities should never be overlooked.

Partaking in activities can provide many benefits, both mental and physical to those with dementia. In this article we will outline some of the main reasons why hobbies and activities are crucial when it comes to specialist dementia care.

Provides mental stimulation

A common and highly effective activity that individuals living with the early stages of dementia can enjoy are puzzles, such as crosswords or sudoku. These challenge individuals’ problem solving abilities, keeping them stimulated and providing a sense of accomplishment.

Activities that are more creative based can also invigorate this response in residents. For instance, music therapy can keep memories alive, by evoking a sense of nostalgia. It can help residents connect with the past and boost their mood immensely.

Enforces a positive routine

Without routines, it’s easy to feel lost or low. Hobbies can provide a much-needed structure to a resident’s day, to prevent these feelings from occurring.

Moreover, having routines creates a sense of familiarity. This helps residents feel settled and find comfort in their home away from home. Not to mention, a sense of familiarity can also help residents feel more confident and willing to participate in social activities.

Keeps individuals feeling productive

Productivity is important to individuals living with dementia, as it contributes to their sense of purpose. Having a sense of purpose helps to lift self-esteem and overall well-being. Engaging in meaningful tasks, even on a smaller scale can provide a vital boost to self-esteem that may have decreased after a dementia diagnosis.

Activities such as watering plants can offer a sense of accomplishment and contribute to residents’ feelings of independence. Maintaining a sense of independence can also divert attention away from feelings of anxiety, which can lead to agitation.

Building Connections with Other Residents

Hobbies and activities can help to build friendships with other residents. Isolation is one of the leading causes of depression among individuals living with dementia, therefore it’s important that residents are given plenty of opportunities to build friendships with each other.

Building connections also helps residents’ find a sense of belonging. Being surrounded by those who wish to listen and share stories is crucial in combating isolation and maintaining a positive frame of mind.

The Bill House Specialist Dementia Care

At The Bill House we understand that quality and consistency of care is of utmost priority when making decisions about your loved ones. That’s why every decision we make, including our activity offerings has been carefully thought out to provide the best specialist dementia care possible.

Looking for specialist dementia care for a loved one? Get in touch here to find out more.

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