Why exercise? Carehomes South Gloucestershire

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch 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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General details

Report title 
Why exercise? Carehomes South Gloucestershire
Local Healthwatch 
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
Key themes 
Health promotion
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
Good Practice
Solution Based
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Nursing care home
Residential care home

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Not known
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
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
Service manager
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
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)

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.