Strive for balance when developing programmes
Letting residents to join in activities in care homes can often be difficult. Recent guidelines set out by the College of Occupational Therapists and National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) places emphasis on activity provision in care homes, stressing the importance of creating an activity culture in a home focusing on communication and relationships, activity, community participation and care planning.
Milkwood Care’s directors and staff place strong emphasis on the balance between stimulating activities such as craft making and games afternoons, and spending time with clients outside of scheduled activity. As a result, all of the Milkwood group’s six care homes have a very high participation rate. Staff work hard to get to properly know their resident’s needs and likes, and plan regular activities and events to give residents something to look forward to.
“At Milkwood we are very careful to balance out the big activities with the small thing