The importance of activity

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

I was recently asked to run a workshop on activities at a CSCI conference attended by 150 inspectors and care home managers. I came duly prepared and full of enthusiasm and passion for my topic to find just two people in attendance in the workshop, one of whom was a manager of a care home for younger disabled adults. One manager came into the room at the beginning of the workshop asking “Which one are you?” I explained that we were looking at increased activity opportunities for residents. “Oh I’m in the wrong place,” she said. “I’m looking for drugs!” The workshop next door on Regulation 37, which includes notification of deaths of residents, was full to the brim. I can1t pretend not to have felt a sense of despair at the lack of interest in the topic which could be considered one of the most vital indicators of a high quality of care. In sharp contrast, when invited to run a workshop entitled “It’s a very long day . . .” at the Alzheimer’s Society Annual General Meeting in September, it was the most popular

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