We have been celebrating all things autumn and Halloween in our activities programme this month at The Amwell Care Home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire including scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, and a Murder Mystery Evening.
The idea for the Murser Mystery Evening came about after our residents started reminiscing about old films, such as Sherlock Holmes, which they all agreed that they enjoyed. Following this, we hosted an evening that featured a murder mystery script acted out by our carers and we invited residents and their families to come along and crack the case!
The evening was made up of cognitive games with clues provided, which not only provided great fun but were also incredibly stimulating and supportive of our resident's mental wellbeing. Residents and loved ones were also able to enjoy a buffet that was supplied by our wonderful kitchen staff and this included a homemade cake that was decorated especially for the occasion.
It was a great event that brought our residents closer together with one another as well as their families in a way that was fun and exciting.
Our arts and crafts sessions have also taken a spooky turn this month, with scarecrows and pumpkins being the main focus. Residents enjoyed a trip to our local pumpkin farm where they picked their own pumpkins and other autumnal materials.
Back at our home, they enjoyed gutting their pumpkins and carving scary faces into them. Residents have also recently enjoyed creating harvest scarecrows, designing faces for them, and stuffing an Amwell uniform and other items of clothing with hay for the bodies.
These sessions have been great for a number of reasons, including as a form of reminiscence for those who carved pumpkins previously with children, and as sensory therapy as there were many sights, smells, and textures involved.
Our resident's pumpkins and scarecrows have made for a fantastic autumn display outside our care home in Melton Mowbray.
We've had great fun so far this month with plenty more to come, including a Halloween Party, visiting alpacas, and trick-or-treaters who we have invited to the home.