Lecturer in Dementia Studies
Many of the recommendations highlighted in this report require significant changes in care home services, not least increasing resources from their current level. But many elements are achievable with relatively minor changes.
Dr Gibson added: “Many of the recommendations highlighted in this report require significant changes in care home services, not least increasing resources from their current level. But many elements are achievable with relatively minor changes. Most importantly, many of our recommendations will give care homes the opportunity to build on their staff as their greatest resource available and will ultimately help them to provide care that is best for their residents.”
Carl Greenwood, Paths for All Senior Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to see the publication of this timely report on the importance of promoting physical activity in care homes and how care homes can foster a culture around everyday movement.
“Our Dementia Friendly Walking team has been working with care home staff and residents for a number of years now to develop a range of support, training and resources, and we’ve seen first-hand the transformative effects that walking and physical activity can have for residents’ quality of life and health and wellbeing.
“The report also highlights the pivotal role that activity coordinators play in facilitating this positive culture around movement and physical activity, and the need to recognise and support this critical role, with training, resources and networking opportunities.
“We hope that this will be taken on board by care homes, health and social care providers and policy makers and lead to more discussion around how we can support more physical activity in our care homes.”
Read the full report on the Paths for All website.