WellBeing Activity Bags

Personal delivery or by Courier - Customised Wellbeing Activity bags. (Currently within NZ only) For more information please email projectvillage26@gmail.com.

EASY GUIDE - AT HOME FAMILY ACTIVITY IDEAS

What’s a Wellbeing Activity Bag?  A selection of varied recreational tools and resources to cater to a range of physical abilities and mental capacities.  Engage and enjoy with your loved one in many ways as possible.  Some of the benefits that will assist in the daily routine; maintain motor skills, establish a sense of ownership and independence, gain a feeling of accomplishment and promote emotional connection and self-expression.

What is Diversional & Recreational Therapy? (DRT)  DRT is the use of therapeutic recreation, meaningful activities, to enhance people wellbeing domains (spiritual, cultural, physical, emotional and physical). DRT introduced into the home will open up a whole new world and conversations about the way we care for our loved ones at home.

What is a Diversional & Recreational Therapist? (DRTh) We believe that every single person has huge potential regardless of their age or ability and we do our very best to create joyful engagement for the people in our care. A DRTh is the person who creates and facilitates greater opportunities for social interactions.  DRThs play one of the most important roles in today’s society. They are storytellers, the healers, the lovers and the peacemakers.  A DRTh is the person changing the culture of care.

Please note: Any outdoor activities mentioned here is for COVID-19 free situation or risk levels where our loved ones are safe to go out and about. If in doubt go to www.covid19.govt.nz

If your loved one isn’t interested in the activity, just take a break, or ask them what they would like to do. You should focus on the process of the activity, not the results. What matters the most is that your loved one enjoys the time and feels useful.

Older persons with mobility

Board games/Get creative

  • Bingo with numbers or pictures
  • Snakes & Ladders
  • Connect 4
  • Checkers
  • Dominos
  • Jenga building blocks
  • Quoits (requires throwing small hoops. Can be done standing up or sitting down) sit back 3 metres or less and throw to try and on the spike.
  • Play cards- suipi, last card, go fish, snap, memory game
  • Pin the village/town (like pin the tail on the donkey)
    Blind fold or ask to close their eyes & pin the village/town print out or drawing on a large A3 paper or scrap book.
  • Painting on a canvas
  • Colouring in – felt pens and colouring in books
  • Arts and crafts

Older persons with limited mobility

Board games/Get creative

  • Bingo with numbers or pictures
  • Snakes & ladders
  • Connect 4
  • Checkers
  • Dominos
  • Jenga building blocks
    Quoits (requires throwing small hoops. Can be done standing or sitting down) sit back 3 metres or less and throw to try and get on the spike.
  • Play cards- suipi, last card, go fish, snap, memory game
  • Pin the village/town (like pin the tail on the donkey)
    Blind fold or ask to close their eyes & pin the village/town print out or drawing on a large A3 paper or scrap book.
  • Painting on a canvas
  • Colouring in – felt pens and colouring books
  • Arts and crafts

Stimulating Dementia Activities

Board games/Get creative

  • Large jig saw puzzle
  • Bingo with numbers or pictures
  • Dominos
  • Jenga building blocks
  • Play cards – memory game, go fish
  • Quoits (requires throwing small hoops. Can be done standing or sitting down) sit back 3 metres or less and throw to try and get on the spike.
  • Balloon game –play some music & sit in a circle and hit the balloon to your neighbour. Try and not let it hit the floor.

Flower arrangements –when they have finished place on the dinner table or their table.

  • Painting on a canvas
  • Colouring in – felt pens and colouring books
  • Arts and crafts

What you need:

Board games vary from
The Warehouse, Kmart, $2 bargain stores between $7-$25.

Or create your own out of cardboard, paper, scissors, glue, felt pens, look items that can be used as counters. E.g., Little stones/pebbles, search through the kid’s drawers in their rooms.

Find an old vase/container/empty small box. Select flowers/plants in your backyard or buy artificial from the $2 bargain stores.
Acrylic paints, blank canvas, paint brush & stencil sets at the above stores.

Ask permission, but also check mum’s linen cupboard for used material fabrics, table cloths, old sheets. You can create together a small patchwork cloth for the tray table or a cover for the cuishon.

Something personal will be of sentimental value to the creation.

Exercise & physical activity

  • Dancing to music –
    Turn on their favourite music they grew up with
  • Very light exercise, depending on their stage
  • Indoor bowls
    In a circle each family member sitting down. Place the white ball anywhere within the circle. In 2 teams blue and red (whatever colours you have)
    Each member will alternate to throw their colour team ball. The closest colour ball to the white ball wins.
  • Cooking & baking

Exercise & physical activity

  • Dancing to music –
    Turn on their favourite music they grew up with
  • Very light exercise, depending on their stage
  • Indoor bowls
    In a circle each family member sitting down. Place the white ball anywhere within the circle. In 2 teams blue and red (whatever colours you have)
    Each member will alternate to throw their colour team ball. The closest colour ball to the white ball wins.
  • Cooking & baking

Exercise & physical activity

  • Dancing to music –
    Turn on their favourite music they grew up with
  • Very light exercise, depending on their stage
  • Indoor bowls
    In a circle each family member sitting down. Place the white ball anywhere within the circle. In 2 teams blue and red (whatever colours you have)
    Each member will alternate to throw their colour team ball. The closest colour ball to the white ball wins.
  • Simple ideas – folding tea towels/clothing
  • Poppit (when sitting down)

Phone/speaker/tv/youtube/radio

Indoor bowls -Get creative! Roll up coloured socks and use black or white socks as the target. Buy packet of coloured tennis balls at the Warehouse ($15) or Buy sensory coloured balls at Kmart/The Warehouse (*-$15)

Go out and about

  • Go shopping together
  • A car ride & buy their favourite
    ice-cream/treat
  • Visit their favourite place around town

Go out and about

  • Go shopping together
  • A car ride & buy their favourite
    ice-cream/treat
  • Visit their favourite place around town

Go out and about

  • Go shopping together
  • A car ride & buy their favourite
    ice-cream/treat
  • Visit their favourite place around town

Reliable car

Reminisce about their life

  • Start interviewing taking videos of your loved one.
  • Watch favourite videos of their culture, songs/music/movies
  • Look through photos and make a photo album
  • Watch family videos together
  • Ask about their favourite memories around a particular topic, what they remember about their parents/siblings/going on the bus rides around the island/swimming at the local beach, family bar b ques/ shopping at the local market.

Reminisce about their life

  • Start interviewing taking videos of your loved one.
  • Watch favourite videos of their culture, songs/music/movies
  • Look through photos and make a photo album
  • Watch family videos together
  • Ask about their favourite memories around a particular topic, what they remember about their parents/siblings/going on the bus rides around the island/swimming at the local beach, family bar b ques/ shopping at the local market.

Reminisce about their life

  • Start interviewing taking videos of your loved one.
  • Watch favourite videos of their culture, songs/music/movies
  • Look through photos and make a photo album
  • Watch family videos together
  • Ask about their favourite memories around a particular topic, what they remember about their parents/siblings/going on the bus rides around the island/swimming at the local beach, family bar b ques/ shopping at the local market.

Phone with record function/ youtube/tv/laptop/ipad

Old photo albums

Bible games/reading

Quizzes
www.ministry-to-children.com

https://theshirleyjourney.com/10-bible-games-for-families/

  • Look up chapter….
    Each person will have or share a bible. Can be done individually or in teams of 2.
  • With a closed bible, the caller will then have a chapter open and call out to the family…The first person to look up Psalms 1 v 3….
  • The first person to read out the correct chapter and verse will gain 1 point.

Bible games/reading

Quizzes
www.ministry-to-children.com

https://theshirleyjourney.com/10-bible-games-for-families/

  • Look up chapter….
    Each person will have or share a bible. Can be done individually or in teams of 2.
  • With a closed bible, the caller will then have a chapter open and call out to the family…The first person to look up Psalms 1 v 3….
  • The first person to read out the correct chapter and verse will gain 1 point.

Bible games/reading

During downtime or quiet time, sit down with your loved one and read their favourite bible verses/story.

English or bible in your own language

Trial - Wellbeing Activity Homecare Assessment

Auckland - July 2022

The first trial was carried out by Registered Diversional and Recreational Therapists, Orquidea Tamayo-Mortera and Vaelupe Hill. Mua is Vaelupe's aunty.

Mua's capacity to do the activities on her own is very limited due to her intellect disability .so I brought back 3 activities that I believe it won’t work for her, like 100 piece jigsaw puzzle, Animal album and my life Journey.

She loves the water paint colouring set, the big cards with animals pictures on it. I showed her a picture of a duck and the asked her what bird is it ? In Samoan she said pato 😅which she was right. And then from there I asked other questions about the same subject while the caregiver was listening and she will do it with her when she’s there.

I took a Samoan CD songs I played it and she got up straight away and dancing hard out 😅😅.
I added another activity in the bag which was normal size balloons and 2 fly swaps to play a balloon volleyball game with her she loves it big smile on her face. That’s my big pay rise for today 😅🥰

Trial - Wellbeing Activity Homecare Assessment

Wainuiomata - September 2022

This trial was carried out by Vaelupe Hill, Lagi observer.

Talofa lava and happy Sunday team, it was a blessing and a well received visit Meli for both sides especially our chat with Mama Meli. It seems like we’ve known each other for years. Meli is a very independent lady and she can manage her own personal care. She also does chores at home like feeding the dog and letting him in and out for toilet break while her daughter is at work.

She lives with her youngest daughter and son in law. She goes to day care twice a week, goes to church if the weather is good and the other three days she’s staying home and these are the days that Project Village can help her out while she’s waiting for her aiga to come home after work.

By talking to her yesterday and seeing her ability to do things we now have an idea of what type of activities would be suitable until her daughter gets home.

1) I suggested a Samoan newspaper subscription and delivered to her home weekly or
fortnightly.
2) Samoan adult colouring books.
3) Picture frames or even a plain black and white picture of a Samoan Taupou( Samoan lady) or a Samoan fale together with some art material that island people usually use to make or build a home or decorate a lady such as feathers, flax, shells, stones and sticks.