Activities for Care (formerly Box ‘n’ Dice) was set up by Peta Paton, an Occupational Therapist, with 12 years experience working with aged clients in Australian nursing homes, hostels and day centres and supervising therapy assistants who provided activity programs designed to meet the social, recreational, emotional, cultural, cognitive and physical needs of the clients.
Recognising that her activity personnel had less time than ever to research and develop new ideas for their activity programs, Peta set about publishing activity manuals relating to common theme days and events for their use and soon realised that perhaps these may be of interest to other activity workers in aged care.
It was not long before Box ‘n’ Dice Activity Resources was established in July 2000 and an activity newsletter called Snippets was up and running alongside the production of the manuals. As more people requested other activities, Peta expanded the business to include many other products.
Acquisition by Healthcare Innovations Australia Pty Ltd
Box ‘n’ Dice was acquired by Healthcare Innovations Australia (HIA) in 2021. HIA’s parent company, BES Healthcare Ltd in the UK, a few years previously had bought Activities to Share, a business a lot like Box ‘n’ Dice in the UK, and was looking for how best to apply this business model to the Australian market. Instead of setting up from scratch and introducing unnecessary competition, HIA was able to come to an agreement with Peta to take over the business. HIA’s aim is to continue with what Peta built, and augment it with the know-how and experience developed with Activities to Share to create an enhanced offering for the Australian market.