Wednesday 14th March, 2018
The importance of visitors and community in
The National Institute for Clinical
Excellence (NICE) have recommended that older people in care homes are offered
opportunities to participate in meaningful activities which promote health and
mental wellbeing. This means not just doing a half hour exercise class each
morning, but actually working with our residents to get them involved in
activities which enable them to live life to the fullest. We’re not interested
in just ‘going through the motions’; we want to put on activities that really
get our residents inspired.
To this end, our team work tirelessly to
secure inspirational speakers, entertaining guests and expert coordinators to
run sessions and activities that our residents love. These activities are just
not just for fun; they are an integral part of keeping older people well and
active. Here’s why they’re so important.
· Beating loneliness: It’s all too easy
for an older person to shut themselves away in their room, content to avoid
social interaction out of shyness. But loneliness has been shown to have a
significant negative impact on both mental and physical health, so we work hard
to draw everyone out for a bit of fun. Our recent Burns
Supper featuring professional piping by Eric Dougherty was a prime example
of how we got everyone together (plus family) for a real community celebration!
· Challenging mental degradation: Keeping
residents mentally active can stave off the progression of dementia and
Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing depression and promoting self-confidence.
We’re always keen to challenge our residents, with our regular afternoon
quiz providing mental stimulation for all. Our many different guest
visitors help to engage residents with their memories and experiences, such as this
session involving creative writing of a poem about World War I.
· Staying physically active: We believe in
staying active in older age, no matter what your level of fitness or ability.
We’re not talking running marathons here, but gentle, appropriate exercise to
maintain good flexibility, stamina and health. Activities such as our song
and dance session with Dave Dawson help to get residents up and moving and
having fun, keeping hearts healthy and faces smiling!
· Providing purpose (and fun): Even in
older age, people love to feel useful. Having our residents help
with the care of nursery children, helping to prepare
food for special events or even simply giving them the ability to shop
for new clothes despite their limited mobility lets them have fun and feel
that life has a purpose, no matter how challenging times may be.
· Helping them stay connected: We know
that every one of our residents had a whole life outside of Fernhill, and that
many still do. That’s one of the reasons we operate a fully open-door policy,
allowing visitors to come and go as they please and to drop in on their loved
ones when it suits. As much as we work hard to develop fun filled activity
programmes for our residents, sometimes nothing beats a visit
from your own family!
We know that visitors and community events are
absolutely crucial to the success of our home, and to the health and wellbeing
of every one of our residents. If you’d like to find out more about how to get
involved or what we have planned in the coming weeks, simply get in touch with
our friendly team.