Since October is National Field Trip Month, it’s the perfect time to start planning some exciting field trips for your senior living patients. Of course, patients often having mobility, hearing, and visual limitations, and these limitations must be kept in mind as you plan these trips. Field trips are good for the body and mind of seniors, and they offer a great way to add some excitement to their lives. From outdoor concerts to days at the petting zoo, here are some great field trip ideas your senior patients are sure to enjoy.
Head to an Outdoor Concert or Play
Most areas have outdoor concerts and plays, even during the fall, and they make perfect field trips for seniors. It’s best to head to daytime concerts or plays when the weather is warmer so your patients don’t stay out in the cooler evening air. Plan head and find out what seating options are available so you can accommodate everyone comfortably or bring your own seating if needed.
Enjoy a Picnic at the Park
A picnic with great foods that fit the dietary needs of your patients is always a fun field trip idea. Find a local park that offers covered pavilions and you’re ready to get everyone out for some sunshine and fresh air. Make sure the pavilions are easily accessible if you have patients who have mobility issues. You can even have a few simple outdoor games while you’re at the picnic area for even more excitement.
Take in a Local Festival or Craft Show
Craft shows and festivals abound during the fall, and nearly everyone will find something they love at these outdoor activities. Craft shows offer perfect ways for seniors to find new hobbies they may want to get involved in, and festivals provide plenty of entertainment and food for all to enjoy. Be sure to take along mobility aids for those who have difficulty walking and have plenty of people on hand to offer assistance to seniors who need it.
Spend a Day at the Library
While libraries may not be as popular today, they’re sure to be a fun place for your senior patients to visit. Seniors will appreciate the quiet setting and they can check out books, music, and movies they find interesting. Some libraries even offer special senior activities, making the library a perfect choice for a senior field trip.
Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch
Check to see if you have a local pumpkin farm that accepts visitors. Not only can seniors enjoy picking out a pumpkin while they enjoy the nice fall weather, they can have more fun by carving or painting the pumpkins as well. Many pumpkin patches also grow a wide variety of gourds, which also can be used for easy, fun craft projects later.
Feed the Animals at a Petting Zoo
Petting animals offers physical and psychological benefits to seniors. In fact, petting animals may help improve mood, reduce stress, promote a healthy immune system, and lower blood pressure. This makes feeding and petting the animals at a petting zoo the perfect field trip for senior patients. Find a petting zoo that is easily accessible for your patients, and make sure patients don’t have any animal allergies before you head out on this field trip. Even those in wheelchairs can be accommodated at a petting zoo, and seniors are sure to enjoy some time with a few new furry friends.
Nourish the Brain with an Evening at the Symphony
Music is great for the brain, and everyone can enjoy music together, even if they don’t play an instrument or sing, when you head to the symphony. If you’re looking for an early evening activity, the symphony is perfect. Seniors will enjoy getting dressed up for an exciting night. Just make sure you check the accessibility of the venue beforehand to ensure you won’t have any problems with seating for patients who need mobility assistance.
Heading out for a day of fun is the perfect way to lift the spirits of senior patients as the days grow cooler. Try one of these senior living field trip ideas, or come up with some ideas of your own to celebrate National Field Trip Month.