Activities for Elderly People in Care Homes

Jennifer Stone writing in 2017

my time running a care home, I learned that listening to other people’s
ideas can really improve the systems you have in place.


days when nursing homes sat all their residents around the perimeter of
a lounge with a TV on in the corner that they could neither see, hear
nor were interested in, have thankfully been relegated to a bygone age.

These days, all homes, whether residential or nursing, are required
to provide activities for their residents on a daily basis that are
stimulating, engaging and person-centred—ensuring their minds and bodies
are kept active, healthy and alert.

Regular activities that are centred around individual needs that
include social interaction, as well as achievable tasks that can be
completed alone, have been proven to help prevent depression, the onset
or worsening of memory problems, the ceasing up of joints and muscles
and pressure sores that come from long periods of inactivity.

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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