Kippington get ready for Halloween

The residents at Kippington Nursing Home in Sevenoaks, turned their hands to making hand held ‘Masked Ball/opera’ style masks for Halloween.

A basic blank template was designed and provided by Activity Organiser Peter, and two optional attachable ‘nose’ designs. Residents were free to choose if their mask included a nose or not, and had free reign in the design of their own mask.

To encourage the imagination, the creativity table was set out with paints, glue, feathers, googly eyes, sequins, ribbons and all kinds of ‘crafty’ bits and pieces. The first stage was to decide if the mask should have a nose, and if so, this was glued in place. Next, a ‘handle’ which was made with a drinking straw, was attached to the side depending on the dominant or preferred hand of the holder.

Now their imagination was let loose, and some highly original designs appeared. One a plain but striking red, another large-nosed variation in a sparkling silver and violet hue. One was a gruesome green witch face with googly eyes, another a more comical variant , also with googly eyes, but with the incredibly imaginative addition of a mouth cutout!

Every one had fun making these, and they were proudly displayed at the later Halloween celebrations.

Creative activities, such as writing, painting and knitting, encourage a sense of competence, purpose, and growth—all of which contribute to aging well. A sense of purpose is significant for seniors, especially if they spent the majority of their younger years defined by a career or by raising children and running a household. Once those responsibilities are lifted, the elderly can sometimes develop an uncertainty about their purpose later in life. This can affect health and overall well being, helping to improve problem-solving skills and satisfaction. Also, when the elderly are able to share their handmade gifts with friends and family, such as displaying them for everyone to see, they develop a sense of pride in what they have created.

These types of activities help alleviate boredom and keep the residents minds busy, and may even help prevent feelings of depression. Furthermore, arts and crafts help with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration.

Kippington provides residential and nursing care in a beautiful converted Victorian building for up to 51 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Kippington and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5517 or kippington@caringhomes.org.

 

Kippingtons

Home Manager

Edwin Cabagui

Address

Grange Road,
Oak Lane,
Sevenoaks,
Kent,
TN13 2PG

Contact
0808 223 5517
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