Cornhole Bags Game – A Great Nursing Home Activity

If you’ve ever been to a nursing home you would know how bleak and somewhat depressing the place can be.  These facilities are not usually the most pleasant places to be and sometimes a simple game or activity can give patients a short diversion from the everyday boredom that comes hand in hand with these nursing homes.  Even if patients are only able to play for a few minutes a day, that little bit of movement can get a person’s blood flowing as well as improve their spirit tremendously.

One great reason why the corn hole bags game is great for this application is because these bags are very lightweight.  Often patients at these facilities are weak and have suffered major muscle atrophy.  Cornhole bags weigh roughly one pound and can easily be tossed by just about anyone, regardless of how strong their arm is.  Also, these bags are soft and conform to a person’s hands.  This means that a patient does need to use a tight grip when handling these bags.  One additional benefit of using these bags are that they also function as a sort of stress ball.  Simply gripping these bags can stretch wrists and arms and bring therapeutic relief.

Typically, and in accordance with official bean bag toss rules, boards are placed 27 feet away from each other.  However, boards can be moved as close as you want to avoid any embarrassing situations if a patient cannot toss very far.  Cornhole can help to improve hand-eye coordination, depth perception and even help build confidence in someone.  One aspect of this game that is often overlooked is the social environment it provides.  Most nursing home patients spend every hour of the day in the their dark, bleak rooms.  Getting out of the room for a few minutes a day and socializing with fellow patients can most certainly lift a person’s spirits and give them a brief sense of normality and joy.

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