Summary of report contentHealthwatch South Gloucestershire created this report to highlight the work undertaken by their volunteer Enter and View Authorised Representatives during 2017/2018 to support the introduction or development of meaningful physical activity for elderly residents of Care Homes. There were a number of themes that emerged from analysis of the findings. One theme was the lack of ‘meaningful occupation, or purposeful activities’ for residents, and in particular a lack of emphasis on active, physical movement as part of residents’ day to day life. The phrase ‘meaningful occupation or purposeful activities’ was interpreted as those activities that enable each resident to be fully themselves, a way for residents to develop and achieve realistic outcomes to sustain lifelong skills, to enjoy social interactions and maintain a level of independence. This might just mean residents being able to undertake everyday type of activities that they may have done in their own homes, such as laying the table, dusting and polishing, gardening, folding laundry and so on, as well as joining in Care Home planned activities and entertainment. Through care planning with residents Care Homes should be engaging and stimulating residents by offering a choice of different activities that have been identified as having meaning for residents. Healthwatch South Gloucestershire staff and volunteers produced a poster that gave simple information about why exercise is important for older people, and made suggestions for such activities and links to websites with advice about how to get started. The poster was delivered by hand to forty Care Homes for Older People in South Gloucestershire. There was a clear emphasis on bringing physical activity into every day routine; the idea was not to create extra work for members of staff but for residents to be encouraged to move at every available opportunity. The report notes that the evaluation was only of a very small number of Care Homes and therefore no firm conclusions can be drawn, or recommendations can be made. It was notable that Care Homes appeared to view ‘activity’ as the responsibility of the activities manager and not everybody’s business.
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Why exercise? Carehomes South Gloucestershire
Healthwatch South Gloucestershire
Date of publication
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture began
Thursday, 1 December, 2016
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 30 June, 2017
Type of report
Enter and view
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Other information of note about this report
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Types of disabilities
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report
Number of people who shared their views
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Care / support workers
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?
What type of impact was determined?
Tangible Impact (cost related)
Tangible impact (not cost related)