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Breaking the Ice: Fun and Engaging Questions to Get to Know Your Residents

June 6, 2024

Fostering connections and building relationships among residents is essential for creating a warm and welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and included. Whether you're a staff member learning about a new resident, helping a current resident meet new neighbors, or facilitating social interactions in a group setting, icebreaker questions are a fantastic way to spark conversation, laughter, and connection. It can seem overwhelming to come up with them to start your day, which is why we’ve compiled a list of fun and engaging icebreaker questions to help you and your residents get to know each other better.

Icebreaker Questions for New Residents

  • What are you most excited about experiencing or exploring in our community?
  • What hobbies or interests are you passionate about?
  • Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
  • What's your favorite book, movie, or TV show?
  • Share a fun fact about yourself that others may not know.
  • What's one thing you hope to accomplish while living here?
  • What's your favorite memory from your life so far?
  • What's your go-to comfort food or guilty pleasure snack?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Icebreaker Questions for Current Residents

  • What's one activity or program that you'd recommend to others?
  • Tell us about a hobby or interest that you've discovered or pursued since moving here.
  • What's your favorite part of your daily routine?
  • Share a funny or heartwarming story from your time living here
  • Who is someone in the community that you admire or look up to, and why?
  • What's one thing that you're grateful for today?
  • What's a goal or aspiration that you're currently working towards?

Icebreaker Questions for Residents to Get to Know Each Other

  • What's one interesting thing you've learned about someone else recently?
  • Share a favorite memory or experience that you've had with another resident.
  • What's one thing you appreciate or admire about the person sitting next to you?
  • If you could trade places with another resident for a day, who would it be and why?
  • What's a talent or skill that you'd love to learn from someone else in the community?
  • Who in the community always brings a smile to your face, and why?
  • What's a fun activity or outing that you'd like to do?
  • Share a piece of advice or wisdom that you've received from another resident that has stuck with you.

Other Question Ideas:

  • If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why?
  • Share a memorable adventure or journey you've embarked on in your life.
  • What's a hidden talent or skill that you possess that most people don't know about?
  • If you could live in any time period other than the present, when would it be and why?
  • What's the most interesting or unusual job you've ever had?
  • Share a story about a random act of kindness that you've experienced or witnessed.
  • If you could instantly become an expert in any subject or field, what would it be?
  • What's one thing you've always wanted to learn how to do but haven't had the chance to yet?
  • Describe your dream vacation or travel destination in detail.
  • Share a piece of advice or life lesson that you've learned along the way.
  • What's one thing that never fails to make you laugh or smile?
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
  • What's a goal or dream that you have for the future, no matter how big or small?
  • Share a favorite family tradition or ritual that holds special meaning to you.

By asking these icebreaker questions, you and your teams can create opportunities for meaningful connections, shared experiences, and lasting friendships within our senior living community. Whether you're helping a new resident make new connections or assisting a current resident deepen their relationships, these conversation starters are prompts you can use now and into the future! 

Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

Holly Mathias

Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.

Wendy Riopelle

Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

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