This week, we’re looking at the importance of taking photos, and how you can make the most of them.
From scrapbooking to storytelling, photos are wonderful keepsakes of the memories made by you and your loved ones.
Here at Wellbeing Care, we’re looking at the importance of taking photos:
What is the Importance of Taking Photos?
Taking photos is important for preserving the memories made with your loved ones. Photographs can be set-up to mark an important occasion, or candid as you capture a special moment in time.
You may take photos of houses you’ve lived in, places you’ve visited, people you’ve just met and people you love.
As you get older, you realise that sometimes people move away, move on, or even pass away - and often, photographs can provide comfort in these difficult times.
Here at Wellbeing Care, we take plenty of photos; they serve as wonderful keepsakes for our residents and their families. Check out our social media to take a look.
The Importance of Taking Photos: How Can You Make the Most of Your Photos?
You may want to make multiple copies of your favourite photos, so you can share them with your friends and family. You could also have some framed, or slotted into precious family photo albums.
Having photographs of your loved ones around the home can help make a house feel more homely - and will put a smile on your face every time you walk past them.
It’s important for our residents to have their precious memories dotted around our care homes, as this can help them to feel more comfortable and at ease - particularly if they’re new or are living with dementia.
The Importance of Taking Photos: Why are Photo Albums Beneficial?
Pulling out old photo albums and going through them can be a wonderful activity to enjoy alone or with loved ones; it gives you the opportunity to be instantly transported back to that time.
For our residents living with dementia, this can help to hone their memory and induce feelings of happiness and nostalgia. Sharing this experience with others can be special, too - and within a care home setting, it can be a wonderful opportunity for residents to offer insight into their lives.
The Importance of Taking Photos: How Can Scrapbooking Help Those Living With Dementia?
Scrapbooking is a great way to get our residents’ creative juices flowing. It also helps to improve their motor skills as they cut and stick photos, before writing captions for each memory. It can also encourage storytelling as they explain the relevance of each photo.
As time passes, the scrapbook will serve as a treasure that offers wonderful memories to savour, and can eventually be passed onto family members.
So, remember to continue taking photos - and then frame them, share them, or scrapbook them.
If your loved one is living with dementia, why not read our previous blog on the effects of Sundowners Syndrome?
Alternatively, please contact a member of our team for more information about our Wellbeing Care services.