A local authority manager told us, “Hale place homes offer a lot of activities which is so important” and one relative told us, “We had the best time on the river and my mother was so happy she was laughing and talked about it for days”. CQC Inspection Report 2015.
It is our philosophy that keeping people with dementia occupied and stimulated improves their quality of life, this approach is at the heart of all we do and is undertaken through a range of fun and exciting activities. We believe supporting people to engage in this philosophy makes the individual feel valued, enhances the sense of dignity and self-esteem by giving purpose and meaning to their life and promotes feelings of happiness which helps the service user relax, increases their sense of well-being.
Active for life
Improving fitness through regular exercise helps develop a healthy appetite, increases energy levels and promotes a better night’s sleep.
We encourage and provide opportunities for people to be more active through participation in activities of daily living, for example, helping with gardening, sweeping paths, turning soil, lawn mowing, vacuuming, dusting, washing up, baking and cooking.
Many of our group activities encourage movement and exercise but we also work with each person to plan individual activities that they want to do both within the home and in the local and wider community.
Finding suitable activities
Our individualised programme of activities focus on the structure of time appropriate to the person and their cognitive impairment but reflects their interests and when their dementia progresses, we develop imaginative ways to adapt service users preferred activities to their changing capabilities and moods.
We constantly encourage a person to try ‘new’ activities which will often bring about a sense of excitement and gratification.
- Walking – ‘A walk a Day’
- Classes – Chair dance, Tai Chi, Music Hour, Motivation, Slide Show Reminiscence
- Music, singing & dance
- ‘Elvis’ live entertainment
- Board games
- Floor games
- Hop Farm visits and lunch
- Garden Centre visit and tea
- River boat trips
- Shopping trips
- Organised group outings – sea side, afternoon tea etc
- Theatre and cinema
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Exercise Equipment
- Ball Games
- Reading material – magazines, papers, books
- Activities of daily living includes baking and cooking
- Fruit picking
- Animal petting
The outings and excursions are often attended by residents relatives and friends, which adds to the enjoyment of the event and is a great opportunity for families to connect with support of professionals on hand, if required.