Enter and view: Overview Report Meaningful activities

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During 2015 Healthwatch Worcestershire (HWW) carried out Enter and View visits on approximately 10% of care settings for older people in the county in order to see how residents are provided with meaningful activity to support health and wellbeing. (meaningful activity is defined as engaging our time, attention, environment). The aim was to maximise the impact of visits and raise awareness of HWW’s work on meaningful activity to both commissioners and providers in order to influence practice and improve residents’ experience. Announced visits to homes were chosen on the basis of a geographical spread, a mix of large and small home and providers and those which provide nursing care and those which don’t. The size of teams varied according to the circumstances of each home. Observations were recorded and a report was sent to each home subsequently and included recommendations based on the Residential Dementia Care standard. A checklist for settings to consider regarding meaningful activity was developed to help providers consider what they are doing and to enhance the experience of people living in the homes. A postal survey in 2016 followed up asking about the impact that the visits had had. The majority of managers implemented recommendations from the previous year’s visits and were satisfied that the visits made a difference to meaningful activity in the home.

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Report title 
Enter and view: Overview Report Meaningful activities
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Worcestershire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 30 March, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 12 December, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 12 December, 2016
Type of report 
Enter and view
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
Activity Coordinator
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6446

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Observation
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
Announced

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Residential care home

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
NA
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Care / support workers
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.