Quizzes can offer numerous benefits when incorporated into care home activities and routines – along with mental stimulation and promoting inclusion, there is a plethora of ways that quizzes can enhance the general quality of life amongst residents. In this edition’s Activity of the Month, we explore how.

For residents in care homes, unfortunately sometimes they adopt the feeling of ‘purposeless’ and that can be due to ill health or generally because they’re lacking cognitive stimulation. It can be easy to become stuck in a rut when being cared for, which is why it’s important for care home staff to ensure this is not the case.

Activities in care homes are seen as an expectation by the relatives of residents and the residents themselves, but they often differ from home to home. It’s essential to ensure whatever you are offering is appealing, to firstly get potential residents through the door, boosting footfall, but also to encourage the residents to get involved.

Quizzes are a great introduction to any care home as they require little preparation and come with wonderful benefits. By holding a quiz at the same time each week, in the same location, it offers residents a sense of routine, which is important to many of them, but welcoming different themes or topics is a great way to keep it interesting.

Quizzes can challenge residents’ cognitive abilities, including memory, problem-solving and critical thinking. Engaging in regular quizzes can help keep residents’ minds active, potentially slowing cognitive decline. Quizzes which focus on reminiscence or personal experience, can trigger memories, encouraging residents to remember and talk about stories from their past.

There can often be the worry of exclusion surrounding the more physical activities in a care home, as not everyone will be able to participate. Quizzes, promote a sense of inclusion as more often than not, they are suitable for everyone. Questions can be tailored to different levels of cognitive function, ensuring everyone can get involved. What’s more is a mix of questions, catering to diverse interests, backgrounds and experiences, offers residents the opportunity to contribute and share their knowledge, fostering a sense of belonging.

Organising quizzes in teams or groups encourages residents to work together, promoting social interaction and collaboration. Residents can team up with peers they might not have interacted with otherwise, forming new friendships and connections.

Therapeutic benefits are another one of the major pull factors quizzes offer as they serve as a form of therapeutic recreation, providing a structured and enjoyable activity that supports residents’ emotional and psychological needs.

Reducing boredom and monotony amongst residents is essential and the introduction of these light-hearted tests can do exactly that! Opting to design the quizzes around educational topics can encourage residents to learn new facts, explore subjects and expand their knowledge base, even for those who struggle with verbal expression.

When implementing quizzes in care homes, it’s important to consider the residents’ preferences, cognitive abilities and interests. The quizzes should be tailored to their individual needs and capabilities, and you and the team should create a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages participation and enjoyment.