We provide a varied and diverse range of activities for our residents at Áras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing Home. The activities we provide help enhance our residents social, psychological & physical wellbeing. Our staff have been trained in H.E.P.A. (Health Enhancing Physical
Activities). This allows us to run a varied activities program.
We hope to develop and enhance the activities we provide even further, so are always keen to hear suggestions from our residents and their families.
The following includes activities we either currently provide or which will be available in the coming months:
Sonas is a therapeutic communication activity. It was developed by Sr. Mary Threadgold in 1990. The focus of the therapy is to stimulate the senses (hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell). Those participating in the therapy sessions also enjoy exercises and sing-a-longs. Research projects have found significant improvements in communication, cognitive ability, and daily living activities, as well as reduced depression. Research has also found this therapy increases the wellbeing of participants. Our staff coordinate Sonas and they facilitate all other activities.
Entertainers and musicians from around Donegal regularly visit Áras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing
Home to entertain our residents. This includes sing-a-longs, plus we encourage residents to request their favourite songs too.
We regularly schedule water painting, mosaic and general art classes for our residents. No previous artistic ability is required – many of our residents have discovered they have hidden abilities & their art work is displayed proudly throughout our home.
Every Tuesday at 11am we have a Bingo session. It is very popular with residents, especially with those who clinch the top prize each week!
Reading is an important part of our activity programme, especially books of local interest. Ireland’s Own, joke books, novels, magazines, and newspapers are also available together with books on wildlife, scenery, nature and flowers.
The Residents Committee is made up of residents and their family members. It meets regularly to discuss concerns, make suggestions, plan trips, and generally enhance the comfort and wellbeing of our residents.
High-speed Wi-Fi access is available for both residents and visitors. The password is available from Margaretta in reception. Residents can use the internet on their own devices plus we can help them find what they are looking for, if required.
Each year, we organise day trips for our residents. These trips generally take place during the warmer summer weather and last no longer than five or six hours and usually involve only a small amount of driving. We try to vary the days out to ensure everyone can enjoy doing what they like. Some examples of the type of trips we organise include:
- Afternoon tea followed by live music and a few drinks
- A light lunch or picnic with some storytelling by the fire
- A visit to a local historical area or site with a talk by a local historian
- A meal and a céilí
- Attending local events like carol singing and concerts
- Participation in local church services
- Attending festive events organised by the local community
In the spring, our residents get involved in planting various summer bedding plants and can then enjoy tending to them throughout the summer.
Table Quiz Nights
At a recently held table quiz night, some of our residents put the visitors to shame with the depth and breadth of their knowledge!
Everyone enjoys celebrating a friend’s birthday, putting up Christmas or Easter decorations, and setting the pumpkin out for Halloween. We celebrate at every opportunity at Áras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing Home, whether its carol singing at Christmas, putting up decorations for Easter, wearing shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, or taking part in witching hour at Halloween. We try to involve residents in our festive activities as much as possible.
Can We Do More?
We’d love to hear from you if you think we could get our residents involved in new activities. Get in touch today.