Staying Engaged and Active in a Care Home Environment

There is a common preconception that entering a care home means the end of active living for a senior. Images of seniors seated around communal tables playing cards or watching daytime TV tend to provoke shudders in the minds of many adults. But although the made-in-Hollywood ideal of care homes does exist, it doesn’t have to be the reality for seniors moving to a care facility.

The problem with sedentary living for seniors has been proven to create an incredible list of problems, both in physical and mental health. They include:

  • Muscle weaknes
  • Urinary tract infections;
  • Increased risk of illnesses
  • Irritability
  • Decreased concentration
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Poor moods

The good news is that avoiding the pitfalls of care homes and limited activity is easy, with a little effort and diligent carers. The important points for carers to remember are:

  1. Older people in care homes should still be able to do the things they enjoy most.
  2. Engaging care home residents in meaningful activities can improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
  3. Residents who are frail can still undertake meaningful activities.
  4. Activities can be as simple as engaging a resident in conversation or watching television with them.
  5. Carers should see activities as a part of residents’ daily routine and not an additional burden.

If carers make it a priority to engage seniors, their health will benefit immensely. It is therefore vital to seek environments in which seniors have the support from carers required.