Just from seeing my own reaction to getting out on Monday and then again yesterday tells me we have all but shut up inside too long this winter. Spring might not be here just yet, but it is just around the corner.
What other spring activities are you thinking about for this year? Bird watching is a good possibility if you have some trees around. Do some of your residents have bird feeders outside their windows? What about on these days as the sun begins warming things up, taking your residents for a stroll outside to see if you can see any signs of spring...like robins...or crocus' popping their tiny heads out of the ground. What other signs of spring can you find? Ask your residents what they did to get ready for spring. Did they have vegetable gardens that needed worked up to get ready to plant? What kinds of flowers did they have around their homes? What did the men do when spring was approaching? Were they farmers? Were they laborers in the city?
Will your facility have an outside flower or vegetable garden that the residents can participate with the gardening? Whether it is a wheelchair garden outside, big clay pots outside, hanging baskets of flowers, or simple flower pots inside, it is time to go get some seeds. If you haven't done it already, how about setting up a "garden committee" of residents to plan what they want to see planted this year. Then, either go pick up the seeds yourself, or have an outing where some of the residents can go along to help. You might need potting soil, flower pots, hanging baskets, gardening hand tools, and other items on the list. This is a sure way to bring a little springtime indoors while you wait to get outdoors.
Now it's your turn. What ideas would you like to share for the spring? Do you have special parties planned? Special springtime entertainment? How about your regular sing along? Do you or your residents know any springtime songs they can sing? Spring is a wonderful time for trivia and reminiscing activities. What kinds of topics do your residents enjoy talking about?