Variety Hour is the most popular Alive! session, and for good reason!
In these sessions we use music and singing, poetry, storytelling, quizzes to improve mental agility, and current affairs to encourage learning and discussion.
We also include energising activities such as giant balloon play and percussion instruments, and relaxing activities such as yoga and Tai Chi. Distinctive props, such as giant balloons, ostrich feathers and parasols, are used to add playfulness and fun.
A person centered approach
Because of our person centred and user led approach, each and every session is unique, varied and full of character. There’s something for everyone, our sessions are focused on treating everyone as an individual, so that their needs and interests are met.
What makes these sessions innovative is that residents are encouraged to guide and dictate the content of the sessions wherever possible. In these sessions we will always encourage interaction, laughter, fun, and meaningful, stimulating experiences.
Staff mentioned that Alive! sessions have an 'after effect' in that participants will remember song lyrics for days after, and that physical issues such as coughing reduces.
I haven’t got an activities budget as such, but if I did, I would quite willingly spend the whole lot on Alive!. Care home manager