Are activities in care homes important?

Elderly Carer Big Bear Recruitment Group Specialist Recruitment Agency-min

Yes, every little thing that is done to enhance the lives of residents is important.

When people think of care in this environment, a lot of people associate it directly with the registered nurses and carers that do all of the bathing, cleaning, clinical / medication rounds. Which of course is a huge part of the structure that makes a healthcare service successful. However, we tend to forget about other small duties that occur in care homes, like arranging activities for the residents to take part in.

Big Bear Recruitment have been visiting Barchester Healthcare Services during the Christmas period, here is Recruitment Team Leader Simrit Gill opinion on the small things that care homes do to improve the quality of the residents’ lives.

“First of all, it’s been a pleasure to get a true insight into how the nursing home environment works by visiting some of our client’s services. Even as a manager of a specialist healthcare agency I was amazed to see the true values and what it takes to make a supportive and friendly environment, that both residents and staff can enjoy.

I was amazed at how much of a big difference the small things made to the residents’ days. Barchester Healthcare have activity co-ordinator teams that are there to ensure they keep a smile on the residents and their families faces. On a tour of their service, we saw a mixture of men and women helping the residents get in the festive spirit making Christmas cards for family members as well as Christmas decorations to put around the home.

It was also great to see the residents take part in armchair Zumba which they really seemed to enjoy. Some other great activities they do include:

  • Art clubs
  • Gardening
  • Exercise and movement
  • News quizzes and discussion groups
  • Visits and care for pets and farm animals
  • Baking
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cards, word and other games
  • Entertainers
  • Work linking with local schools
  • Historical and research work using computers
  • Trips and visits within the local region on the care home’s minibus”

Activities like these can play a huge part in the fulfilment of residents lives whilst they are in care. They are included as part of care programmes as a means to mentally and physically stimulate residents, to enhance their life skills, personal feeling towards themselves and their interaction with other residents.

A final note from Simi:

“I just want to say, hats off to the Co-ordination teams at Barchester who I believe are such an important part of the service that care homes provide. You can have the best nursing care in the world, but the truth of the matter is are the residents happy?”

If you are looking to work for homes that care about there residents, just as much as their staff. Encouraging all to take part in the little things that make a care home feel like home. Get in touch with one of our consultants, or take a look at our latest jobs.

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