Care....about physical activity
Research confirms that moving more often during the day is of crucial importance to our physical and psychological wellbeing. Our Care about Physical Activity Programme (CAPA) helps care services find innovative ways to support each person experiencing care to build physical activity, meaning, purpose, and joy into their daily life.
The CAPA programme complements the scrutiny and improvement work of care inspectors who support services to provide high quality care and support that is right for each person.
Please click on the drop-down sections below to see some stories, resources and ideas that you might find useful.
These stories inspire ideas for helping people with improving their own physical and psychological wellbeing. They show what happens when people are supported to be more active, engaged and connected with things that matter to them.
Jacqui, a home carer, talks about how promoting movement and meaningful activity is not as time consuming as they originally thought and how they are helping people receiving care at home to incorporate moving more into their daily lives.
See how day care centre staff supported Jean to get out of her wheelchair. Jean started to walk, became more active, enjoyed increased energy levels and took up hobbies and passions.
Show this short film to spark discussion at team meetings. Listen to how Beth's quality of life improved when care home staff started something small.
Care Home staff help Daphne incorporate more movement into her day which improves her health and wellbeing. Daphne’s son talks about the differences he has seen.
Continuous small changes to tea time over six weeks left residents feeling more independent, more confident and eating and drinking more.
Watch how Robin's life changed when staff took simple steps to introduce small movements which led to improved overall health and wellbeing.
Kate will do it!
Discuss this video of Kate with your team. Notice how movement is important to Kate's life including her mood.
Stella moves to improve
Watch this video to see how a short conversation with Stella helped her make a change that had a big impact when she decided to increase her physical activity.
Watch this short film and see if there are tips you can pick up. Care home staff help Daphne improve her health and wellbeing, a story which shows the impact of daily movement.
Christine's story shows the power of trying, not only does it promote physical ability but also psychological wellbeing.
Watch the video and then discuss with your team the difference between enabling actions and disabling actions. Listen to Beth as she describes her job satisfaction that she gets from enabling people to live more active lives.
Here are some resources and ideas, many of them developed with care professionals and people experiencing care.
Use 5-10 lolly sticks with a different movement or fun based ideas written on each one. Obviously adapt the ideas to suit the person’s ability and Interests. Why not involve carers and family too – moving together is more fun. Download ideas for your sticks here.
Integrating Moving More conversations about moving more into every part of what you do can have a significant impact. These handy printable top tips are a wonderful way to get started and cover topics such as:
- Recruitment & Training
- Day to Day Movement
- Personal (care) Plans
- Good Conversations
- Celebrating Success
- Being Connected
- Staff Wellbeing Environment
- CAPA Top tips guide A4_landscape.pdf
The Super Six are some of the key exercises that help improve balance – a major part in keeping steady and reducing the risk of falling. They can be done safely at home and don’t need any equipment, other than something secure to hold on to, like a chair pushed against a wall. Watch the great video of the Super 6 exercises from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
Make Every Move Count
This pocket guide helps staff understand that movement is about the small, simple things we can add into daily life that make a big difference.
Moving More Often
People living in their own homes have found this pocket guide useful. It helps someone to identify what is important to them, nudges folk to move more often every day, promotes control and independence and complements people’s desire to keep living at home.
My moving more improvement record
People experiencing care use this to track their improvement over time. People have found this personal record motivating to use themselves, and a useful way to involve family and friends.
Make Every Moment Count
The resource highlights how making the most of every moment can make a real difference to a person’s quality of life in simple but very meaningful ways.
Information for relatives
This short factsheet encourages relatives and friends to support their older relative to move more often for positive health and wellbeing. Some services have found it useful to include this information in care plans, introductory packs or newsletters.
'Care...about physical activity'
This booklet outlines the original CAPA resource developed for care homes
A report on three years of the programme
Independent research commissioned by the Care Inspectorate investigated psychological and physiological impacts of moving more often. The evaluation found that older people involved in the programme significantly improved their mobility, flexibility and ability to move independently. They people felt healthier and demonstrated improved health-related quality of life, doing more of what mattered to them.
Care professionals’ confidence to enable older people to move more increased. Greater numbers of older people felt that they belonged to their communities, fewer felt lonely.
Older people had a reduced likelihood of falls, rate of falls per person was reduced and there were fewer contacts with medical services as a result of falls. Read this report to find out more about the evaluation, along with stories and ideas.
Supporting older people to live active, healthy lives
Free online course consisting of six modules covering:
- the benefits of people experiencing care moving more in terms of their physical, mental and social health,
- ways to think about helping blood circulation, stiffness, sore knees and continence and ideas for action.
The course is hosted on Turas Learn. It is particularly helpful for people who live with or work with frailer older people, although it is open to anyone in Scotland. If you complete all 6 modules, you can print a certificate.
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