A spoonful of honey to help the day go by – too much to ask? – promoting residents’ wellbeing

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

It is an exciting time for NAPA as an organisation as we look to spreading the message that activities in a care home should enable older people to enjoy life more fully. To this end, we aim to help managers and their teams to find practical day- to-day ways to achieve this. Early on in their role, activity organisers in contact with NAPA often ask us for ideas for their “activity programme” involving group activities, outings and visits from entertainers. However, as they are often working with people who are physically frail or have a degree of dementia, they find it difficult to interest them in taking part in activities as a group. An individual daily plan for each resident would seem more appropriate, and this sits well with the increased emphasis in the inspection process of looking more at “outcomes” for individual residents rather than just a more general inspection which marks homes against a standard set of defined requirements and standards: “A major focus of the inspection will be whether the serv

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