NAPA survey shows many care homes adopt a traditional approach to activities
A survey conducted by the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) in partnership with The Consortium has examined care home attitudes towards activity and actual practice in the delivery of activities.
About 400 homes took part in the survey with home managers and activities organisers being interviewed. A significant finding was that flexible meal times appeared to be a good indicator of a higher overall frequency of activity and NAPA said many of the findings reflected encouragingly positive attitudes, for example:
- 79% agreed that supporting activity provision was the job of all staff in the care home, including maintenance and catering staff.
- 97% agreed that even very frail residents could benefit from activity.
- 87% agreed that activities should be tailor-made for individual residents and 72% of respondents said they supported residents to pursue individual hobbies and interests on a daily or weekly basis.
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