Hi Anthony Diaz here and spring has sprung. The rabbits are enjoying all the fresh growth and cool sunshine, and our residents are appreciating being able to be outside in the fresh cool air also. Last week we talked about putting in the garden in pots to give our residents an activity that is therapeutic for motor skill coordination as well as a source for movement and exercise.
This week’s art therapy was an opportunity for our residents to enjoy a delicious root-beer float while decorating individual watering cans to use on the garden.The idea for this came about as a way to occupy those that are interested in the continued care for the garden. Art therapy is about offering many kinds of different activities that accesses creativity, motor skills, treats and fun, and spring is ripe with potential ideas to keep everyone engaged and involved.
We used stickers and markers of all colors. Who knew that stickers were so much fun? We may use them again for future projects. They are a simple way to access creativity without stress over motor coordination, and the markers worked well also for simple design.
What isn’t fun about root-beer floats? Of course, everyone was excited over the bubbly sweet treat. We all talked about ice cream and discovered that several of the residents had worked at various ice cream counters when they were young. We talked about our favorite flavors and what kinds of ice cream treats we liked. There really is something to be said about the idea of an ice cream social as an opportunity for carefree conversation.
Now everyone has their own easily identifiable watering can, and hopefully this will encourage their continued participation in the whole outside project. We at Rosa’s strive to provide an environment that encourages our residents to move, exercise, be creative, enjoy the company of the other residents, and simply continue living a healthy life. Happy spring everyone.