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Activities for Older Adults During COVID19

Activities for Older Adults During COVID19 - A guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia.

This resource has been compiled by the Health Innovation Network (HIN), the Academic Health Science Network for south London, to support the provision of activities in older adult’s mental health inpatient settings and Care Homes during the national response to Covid 19. Many of the resources included are dementia friendly.

With staff likely to be in significantly reduced numbers and residents/patients unable to receive visitors, the challenge was to create a list of options predominantly using online, low/zero cost resources for staff to use for activities in their setting.

The HIN have assumed that not all patients/residents will have access to their own online device (tablet, laptop, smart phone), so this guide includes a selection of activities that can be enjoyed by groups congregating around a screen.
Whilst care has been taken to only include resources from reputable sources and recommendations, it has not been possible to check and review all items.

It is recommended that links are checked in advance of using them with a participant. This document does not recommend any activities over others and is not an exhaustive list of activities. Various issues are outside of our control (such as ‘next up’ sequencing on YouTube or planned events not going ahead).

Organisations using this information are advised to conduct their own risk assessments based on their organisational/patients/residents own needs and requirements.

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