We created a beach theme area to Celebrate Oomph National Beach Day. National Beach Day is an annual event that celebrates all the sandy beaches across the UK.
We had armbands and rubber rings and beach pictures to reminisce with. We held this in the sensory room with the projector showing an underwater theme. Reminiscence plays a vital role in the well-being and quality of life of residents with nursing needs and those living with dementia as it involves the act of recalling and sharing past memories and experiences.
The activity was a feel-good activity with residents enjoying reminiscing about being at the beach. The Team had created within the sensory room a beach environment with arm bands, rubber rings, paddling pool and fishing nets, photos for reminiscing and the projector was used to create a background of under the sea.
Reminiscence allows residents to reconnect with their past while helping to maintain a sense of identity and self-worth. Reminiscing is a powerful tool for communication and reminiscence activities can stimulate memory, cognitive function, and problem-solving skills while providing a source of comfort to individuals. Reminiscence is not just a trip down memory lane; it's a therapeutic and enriching practice that contributes to the emotional, social, and mental well-being of residents. Encouraging and facilitating reminiscence activities is an integral part of our person-centered care
The kitchen team also provided a lovely beach cake for everyone to enjoy a slice of cake with a cup of tea.
To make the most of the sunny weather we were having in September, a trip to Largs also took place the same week when the residents enjoyed fish and chips and ice cream by the sea.
Residents thoroughly enjoyed getting out and about to see the sights and socalise with one another while enjoying traditional seaside treats.