21 things to do with your elderly relative during lockdown

Covid-19 and lockdown have changed everybody’s lives and it has certainly made care at home more challenging.

Have a look at some of the ways our customers and carers have used the internet to make the most of life during the lockdown.

And all without having to spend a single penny. Everything on our list is completely free.

A big thanks from us to all of the people involved in making these businesses. You’ve made a remarkable difference to our wonderful carers and all the amazing people they care for.

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Arts and crafts

1. Learn to make origami with Origamiway. There are loads of figures that are easy and fun to make. You’ll be able to fold something amazing in no time.

2. Listen to free audiobooks with Audible. Titles range from Harry Potter to Jane Eyre.

Games

3. Play chess online free. Play against the computer, or against fellow members, or just sit back and watch the Masters.

4. Complete a jigsaw with Jigidi. If you’re a jigsaw fan, this one’s for you. Jigidi lets you solve, create, share and talk about jigsaw puzzles until your heart’s content.

Health and wellbeing

5. Meditate and relax with Calm. Calm have handpicked some of their favourite meditations, sleep stories, movement exercises, journals and music. They can help you focus, relax and unwind.

6. Boost your fitness with classes by GymBox. These classes are more suitable for our carers than our customers. The classes are live and last 30 minutes and help our carers stay fit while indoors.

7. Take part in the BBC’s audio exercises classes. The classes are from Sport England and Demos and are aimed at older people. There are ten classes to choose from and they are all audio.

Knowledge and learning

8. Learn a new language Duolingo, the world’s most popular language-learning platform.

9. Take your pick of 1500 free online courses from the World’s top universities. From Archaeology to Stephen Hawking’s lectures on Black Holes, you can learn it all.

10. Do a creative online course. The courses available range from creative problem solving to healing with the arts.

11. Learn the piano online with HomeSchool Piano. Membership is free and you will be given full access to HomeSchool Piano Level 1, which takes most students 6 months to a year to complete.

Music and radio

12. Do Karaoke with Singsnap. With thousands of songs to choose from, you can sing along to all your favourites whether it’s the golden oldies or something a little more modern.

13. Reconnect with your most powerful memories with BBC Music Memories. The playlists and its radio channel were designed for people living with dementia to help them feel and live better.

14. Tune in to The Reminiscence Radio Show. Roll back the years with music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

15. Lend your voice to Gareth Malone’s new choir, The Great British Home Chorus. Tens of thousands of Brits join Gareth every week to contribute their voices and instruments to a peerless online choir experience.

16. Listen to the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects podcast. Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity’s history through the objects we have made.

Nature and the world

17. Watch animals live on camera with explore.org. This site offers every sort of animal there is, from cute kittens playing in a rescue sanctuary to gorillas in Africa’s national parks.

18. Watch some of the World’s best nature programmes with Documentary Heaven. You’ll even be sure to find some Attenborough and Irwin classics in the list.

19. Explore the world without having to get off the couch with Skyline Webcams. Look out over Lake Como, enjoy the white sands of Barbados’ beaches, or maybe try somewhere a little colder and check out the Iceland’s lagoon glaciers.

Theatre and concerts

20. Watch a performance hosted by The Royal Albert Hall. Lockdown hasn’t stopped London’s most iconic venue from sharing their wonderful performances with the World. Every day artists perform live from their homes, bringing their extraordinary talents right to your living room.

21. Fancy free West End musicals? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Show Must Go On showcases his musicals free online every Friday at 7pm. The shows are then available for 48 hours.