Getting older is not a condition or a disease and it doesn't mean we lose the ability to make choices, learn or experience love and affection. Moving into a care home is a major life event and we all share the same desire to live in a safe and comfortable environment.

To be physically and emotionally well we need to actively participate in daily life. This is not an added bonus of good care and support but a vital requirement. When a person is left to sit for most of the day with little stimulation or movement a number of detrimental psychological and physical changes can occur.

 

 

 

The benefits of regular activity are:

  • Muscle strength and joint mobility increases
  • Appetite increases
  • Sleep pattern and quality improves
  • Concentration and memory improve
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation reduce
  • New friendships are formed
  • Creates a stimulating environment

... the list could go on and on!

This is why at Primrose Lodge Southbourne we always encourage participation in regular activity, even if it's just a bit of silly fun with balloons!

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Information collated from the College of Occupational Therapists
Living well through activities in Care Homes