Striving for a balance between work and play

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

By Alison Johnson Music and board games, arts and crafts, reminiscence and outings, concerts and dancing . . . All these activities have their place in a vibrant and domestic-scale care home for older people. I am, however, personally as unattracted by the prospect of a life of bingo, carpet bowls and collage making as by the old image of residential care as sitting round the edge of the room doing nothing. When we welcome new residents and relatives to our care homes, we generally invite them to consider the home as their home and encourage them to lead as normal a life as possible. But what is “normal”? For most of us, leisure activities generally take place only when the day’s work is done. For us a normal life consists maybe of going out to work or working at home, preparing meals, washing and ironing clothes, shopping, gardening, or carrying out household repairs. Living in a care home should not mean that you can no longer help prepare sandwiches or a snack meal, make a cup of tea for a friend or visit

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