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Crafts for Nursing Home Residents

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I've been doing volunteer work for years at nursing homes, and do monthly crafts at two separate places.

Crafts for one place is fairly easy...they are in extensive care, so lots of coloring and pasting. I must do any cutting out beforehand. They love colorful things. Sometimes I like to "Craft a Snack", and they LOVE putting mountains of sprinkles, etc. on cupcakes, for example.

My problem is the crafts at an assisted living center. These lovely people are still ambulatory on their own, and mostly take care of themselves. they are still able to cut things out, thread beads, etc. But they also don't want to be associated with coloring and pasting like children.

So, the only way I can get lots of people to come to crafts is by having community-service type crafts.
We have made stringers of colorful bird food to be hung on trees at the Childrens Museum.
We have decorated and stuffed stockings for a local organization to give to clients' children.
We have made small pins or bracelets for actual nursing home residents.

I'm running out of ideas for St. Patty's month. I don't have much money, but part of my volunteer ministry is to provide all the supplies, so I can't afford anything that requires expensive purchases.

If anyone knows a simple and inexpensive service (craft) project for my lovely senior citizens, I'd appreciate that! If you don't have any ideas, that's yourself a favor this week. Get a cute, silly card and send it to a local nursing home. Address it to "A resident who needs a card this week" and sign the card "With love, from a friend!"
I can tell you it will be a most wonderfully received gift...and some lonely person will show off that card for days or weeks to come. And you will feel great, too!

Here are a couple of my previous projects

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