Here at Care UK, all our home teams make meaningful activity an essential part of care, so residents can live each day in the way they want.
An individual’s personality, feelings and lifestyle choices are what make them who they are. So, when a new resident joins us, we work with them and their family to complete a life story book – capturing key details from their past and present, as well as their hopes for the future.
This life story work is vital to enabling us to provide each resident with personalised care, and is central to the lifestyle plan that we create to support residents to enjoy meaningful experiences and activities that reflect their unique interests.
As the situation with COVID changes, we are adapting our activities to make sure all residents remain both safe, as well as happy and supported. Our teams have been quick to adapt, finding ways to continue popular pastimes, develop fun new things to do, and maintain community and family connections (as well as make some new ones).
Finding purpose and getting outdoors
Some people like to take part in everyday tasks around the home that give them a sense of purpose and help them to retain their independence – we call this activity-based care. So when you visit a Care UK home, you may find residents watering the plants or laying the tables for lunch, while others might be helping in the garden. Since March 2020, the guidelines have altered to keep everyone as safe as possible, but we’re continuing to support residents to do the things they love and to keep care home life as normal as possible. You can read our current guidelines here , and we would also encourage you to read our promise which details the measures that are in place.
Residents continue to do the small things that keep us all happy – a walk in the garden, good conversation, eating delicious home cooked food (and the occasional cake or two) freshly prepared by our chefs, all remain important aspects of everyday life. We also organise socially distanced seated exercise classes, support loved ones with video calls on the home’s tablets, and dream up innovative activities that everyone can take part in. Many of our care homes play an active part in the local community, entering local and national art and poetry competitions and have rich and rewarding links with local schools, clubs and societies.
A dedicated team
While each of our homes has a lifestyle team who plan activities and outings, every member of the home team is involved in delivering meaningful moments. A housekeeper might chat to a resident as they put the laundry away, or the maintenance person might encourage a resident to help with tasks around the home. It’s all about creating moments that show a resident that they’re special and valued.
So much more than a newspaper
The Daily Sparkle is a reminiscence newspaper that our homes use to help residents to connect with their memories. A resident in one of our homes loves the Sparkle so much, he personally delivers it every day to each of his fellow residents!
Keeping fit for health and wellbeing
At least one member of the lifestyle team in each Care UK home is trained to deliver seated physical activity sessions. The gentle, safe yet effective exercises, developed by ReVitalyz, are delivered in a fun way, to music, and often with colourful, tactile props.
Get some inspiration
Are you caring for an older loved one at home and keen to build more activity into their day? Our As Easy as ABC guide is full of ideas and tips for activities – from crafts and reminiscence you can do at home, to ideas for getting out and about.