St Patrick’s Day in Aged Care

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
Myself & the team dressed up for St Patricks Day at Bethanie Beachside Aged Care
Saint Patrick's Day is a great celebration to have in aged care. The Irish sure know how to have fun so let's make this day a fun experience for our seniors in care!

How to run a successful St Patricks Day in Aged Care

• Encourage all staff to dress in green, many hats and T-shirts can be purchased at discount stores or Op shops (goodwill stores.)

• It is great to celebrate this occasion around the Happy Hour activity serving green beer (beer which has had a drop of green food colouring added), Guinness, green cordial or cool drink.

• Serve potato chips, green dip, and crackers (gherkin dip) potato bites etc. You could even do small cups of Irish Stew. There are many food ideas and Irish recipes on the internet.  
• Have Irish music playing, here is a great playlist we have found for you. (video below)
• Call a local Irish dance group to see if they can come and put on a dance display for your residents - that would be fantastic! Adults or children.

 • Share some funny Irish Jokes. >>Here are some we prepared for you<< 

• Make Irish decorations prior to the day in the art and craft group.
4 leaf clovers - video tutorial 
Leprechauns - video tutorial
Leprechaun Hats - instructions
These can all be made by the craft group before the big day.

• Run an Irish Quiz at your Saint Patrick's Day celebration and give out chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil - as prizes (often found cheap at the supermarket). 
Click >Here< to see our Irish Quiz
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About the Author
Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.


  • Lalaine Chan
    What a wonderful site very organised it helps the lifestyle to prepare something for residents. Thank you for giving us information and ideas.
  • Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give one thing again and aid others such as you helped me. asmr 0mniartist

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