Some people in care just need a little help to keep active, and that often means taking part in something as simple as helping to prepare a meal or going for a short walk.

We know being supported to take part in everyday activities that
many people take for granted, but which can become more difficult as we
get older, can have a tremendously positive effect on people’s quality
of life and their experience of care.

When people are supported to take part in activities of their own choosing, it makes a difference.

majority of the services we regulate perform well. Encouraging and
supporting people who use care services to remain active or become more
active is one of the ways we can all ensure that standards of care
across Scotland continue to improve.​

Keeping active in care

Research published in 2014, (Barber (2014) Journal Aging Physical
Activity), showed that older people in nursing care spend 79% of their
time sitting, 14% in low activity, 6% light activity and 1% moderate

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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