Making activity count
It’s widely known that the provision of activity in a social care setting has many positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of people who need care and support. From keeping active to overcoming loneliness, improving depression and even reducing the rate of falls.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are also recognising that although good care may be given, there are areas where there is a shortfall in ensuring that people are engaged in meaningful activities on a regular basis. Activities may be ad hoc or not planned thoroughly, and generally left to one person to coordinate.
Meaningful activity: who does it benefit?
The benefits of good activity provision don’t stop with the person needing care and support, the staff will benefit too. Staff being more engaged in the clients’ wellbeing can impact positively on their job satisfaction levels which in turn improves staff morale.
We've created two posters for you to print off and display around your organisation. They explore why meaningful activity is so important and provide simple ideas of how you and your workforce can engage in meaningful activity with the people you provide care and support for.
New! Activity provision self-evaluation tool
We created a self-assessment tool to help you assess the current activity provision within your organisation and identify areas where improvements can or should be made.
Activities coordinator, Lornan Weeden told us about a typical day in her role as an activity and lifestyle facilitator why she's so passionate about it. Click here to read her story.
Meaningful activities and getting outdoors is a great way to improve health and wellbeing. Read how one care provider's gardening projects bring lots of benefits for people who use their service.