Nursing Home Games Ideas

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Games are a great way to engage senior citizens in nursing homes. This page contains fun game ideas for nursing home residents.


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October 6, 2010

I'm looking for games to play with my resident at an assisted living facility.

By Jeannie from Mulvane, KS


October 6, 20101 found this helpful

Are you looking for games that involve large groups or games that can involve 1 - 4 players (for example to have at different tables)?

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

Solitaire, jigsaw/crossword puzzles, word search for just one person to play.
For more than one player, Checkers, Yahtzee, Dominos, Trivial Pursuit, Bingo, and other board games.

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October 7, 20100 found this helpful

Simon Says was always good for laughs. We did it a couple of times in the 8 weeks I spent at a nursing home.


It can be played with as many or as few as are present.

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September 4, 20141 found this helpful

I was wondering what are some great games for a large group bout 8 people , we do bingo and penny Annie .

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

Skipbo, Yahtzee

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April 21, 20160 found this helpful

Team scategories. Dry erase board marker and gather ideas for a timed period and compare answers and u get points for ones that the other team did not have

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April 21, 20160 found this helpful

Remember when. Finish the phrase or song title words from words , see how many words you can make from a word or phrase

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January 15, 20180 found this helpful

Bunco is a fun game

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March 7, 20181 found this helpful

You can ask the residents of your community what games they want to play and what activities they would like to take part in. As for the residents of our community, we play bingo, chess, scrabble, poker, dominos and billiards.


Most of these activities are part of our calendar. You can see the example of our calendar to get acquinted with our activities

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April 22, 2015

I need to get ideas for the ladies that would like to get together to either talk or knit something that would take their minds off of where they are for awhile.

By Sue


April 23, 20150 found this helpful

How about an exercise program? I did, the ladies had a lot of fun.

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April 23, 20150 found this helpful

One day discuss current news events to keep them involved in the larger world.

Maybe ask ahead of time for places then one day discuss places they may have visited in their lifetimes and perhaps show a dvd (free from library) on different places and let them tell about it (like they are a travel host).


Sing alongs
Penpals/write to service persons to encourage them
Plant seeds or garden

Birdwatch (some places need helpers to count birds at their bird feeders-check Cornell University) discuss various birds.
Breathing exercises/meditation
Yoga (even chair yoga if necessary)

Volunteering to stuff envelopes for a church or non profit in area
Learning something new including the internet!
Inviting each person to host a day and talk about their fondest memory.

Writing or recording special stories or experiences they had in their life. Ex: My most memorable day...and each can read theirs.

Asking each to bring in one (or more) special photo's from their life.

Writing something that they think might benefit younger generations... rules to live by and make a compilation to send in to your local paper. They might print it and give them some credit for their wisdom!

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April 23, 20150 found this helpful

I recently joined Project Linus where they provide blankets for children in hospitals, disasters, etc. I crochet but others knit.


You could check for the nearest chapter to you and let the ladies knit blankets for this worthy cause. Makes they feel good to contribute and enjoy their time together also.

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July 15, 20171 found this helpful

I do a "funny money" auction once a month. I give the residents $500 in play money. I go to the $1.00 store prior to the auction and purchase 20 items, I set them nicely on a table and auction them off! The residents LOVE it!

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July 15, 20170 found this helpful

I do a "funny money" auction once a month. I give the residents $500 in play money. I go to the $1.00 store prior to the auction and purchase 20 items, I set them nicely on a table and auction them off! The residents LOVE it!

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October 1, 2010

I need a 5 minute mystery for an assisted living/nursing home game, "Who's got the jewels?"

By DG from IN


October 1, 20100 found this helpful

Plant a jewel in private on someone well before the game begins and have others ask questions to find out who might have the gem. You could write down questions and place them in a container to be drawn from to help bring hidden clues to surface. The people can then make a guess from the answered questions before the next one draws. Some examples:


Q.1 What time of day was the jewel found missing?
Q.2 What room was it taken?
Q.3 Was anyone seen wearing jewelry?
Q.4 Where would be a good hiding place to look?
If they still haven't decided who has the jewels after all inquiries are done, then they can discuss between them and make a group decision.

I played such a made up game with my g.daughter in the wintertime who is in a wheelchair and I took things around my house and had a hiding place and she had to find items from clues placed in the room. Her last search ended at my camera where she saw a picture of my dog beside the items. My g.daughter got the biggest kick outta that.

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Everyone's family has someone that's living in a nursing home. My mother-in-law's nursing home recently had a beauty pageant for the residents. They had their hair done, got to dress up with jewelery and make-up. It was a big event! The cafeteria was decorated with flowers and balloons, there was an announcer. Of course, there was a crown for the Beauty Queen, but all the contestants were given a small prize and a rose. What a difference it made in the morale at the nursing home.

The anticipation alone, gave them all something to look forward to. Self-confidence is always there, you just have to remember to bring it out for all to see.If any of you have a loved one in a nursing home, don't be shy, suggest a beauty pageant.

By vickie guy from Earle, AR

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