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Author Care Inspectorate
Resource Type Care Inspectorate Programmes & Publications

Supporting people’s wellbeing through meaningful engagement and physical activity

How well do we support people’s wellbeing? 

If you are a care professional interested in supporting adults’ and older people’s wellbeing, we hope that you find this page useful.  For example, you might choose to play one of the webinars at a staff meeting, then discuss what you heard (perhaps about personal/care plans or tracking improvement), or to print one of the resources to see if someone you support might be interested in using it.  

All resources take an improvement and person-centred approach. They focus on supporting people to stay active, connected, and doing things that matter to them, regardless of their health or age.  

Much of the work displayed here was completed as part of the Care about Physical Activity programme, which has now concluded. The resources complement the scrutiny & improvement work of care inspectors. Inspectors support services to provide high quality care and support that is right for each person.  

The videos and workshops/webinars give examples of evidencing key items from the Care Inspectorate’s quality frameworks, quality indicators, quality illustrations and also the health and social care standards and My Life, My Care, My Home.

The below diagram shows some of the areas that the resources link to. 


Workshops and webinars

These workshops and webinars can be shared at staff meetings or used for professional development. 

Workshop about meaningful engagement - why promoting movement, connection and doing things that matter is vital to us all

These can be watched individually or with colleagues. It includes practical ideas to use at work. Use pen and paper to jot down your ideas and thoughts during the workshop. 


A webinar on connecting the personal plan with what’s meaningful to people  

 You can watch the webinar recording here.  

 Below are links to resources that were mentioned during the webinar:  


Promoting equality in meaningful and purposeful engagement webinar   

You can watch the webinar here.  


Tracking improvement: How do we know we are making a difference?  

You can watch the webinar here.  


Growing a Good Life : Care Homes and Rehabilitation 

You can watch the webinar here. 


Supporting someone with dementia - meaningful activity and engagement 

You can watch the webinar here.  


Creative approaches to supporting people with advancing dementia  

You can watch the webinar here.  

Below are links to the videos played during the webinar:  


Self-evaluation and improvement planning 

You can watch the webinar here. 

Good news stories

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. 


We visited Kenny who lives in his own home and receives care at home support. Kenny told us how important it is to get out and about and different ways to stay confident. Kenny advises us: "Don’t be afraid to be out". Listen to Kenny’s full video below. 



Alan tells us why it is so important to keep moving and suggests that people try volunteering.


Margaret's story (care at home)

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.

Jean's story (day care)

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.

Beth's story (care home)

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.

Daphne's story (care home)

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.

Teatime at Fullerton

Continuous small changes to tea time over six weeks left residents feeling more independent, more confident and eating and drinking more.

Robin's story

Watch how Robin's life changed when staff took simple steps to introduce small movements which led to improved overall health and wellbeing.


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.

Christine's story

Christine's story shows the power of trying, not only does it promote physical ability but also psychological wellbeing.

How Cordia are helping clients to move more often

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.


Glynis talks about the connection between what the physio tells her to do – and starting to move more often during the day via support from care staff. Glynis talks about how moving more has made a difference to her. Staff found out that Glynnis used to knit – so they supported her to do more each day and get back to knitting.


June talks about how tracking her own improvements was so motivating to her.

Free online learning programme

Supporting Older People to Live Active Healthy Lives free online course. 

Brief 45 min modules helping care staff, older people and families understand the value of moving more. This FREE interesting and engaging resource helps older people to remain as independent as possible by supporting people to move more often. Learn more about the topic and find new ideas to try. The course is hosted on TURAS Learn. It is particularly helpful for people who live with or work with frailer older people. 

This learning programme makes use of resources developed as part of our Care about Physical Activity (CAPA) programme. This online learning programme was developed by Professor Dawn Skelton at Glasgow Caledonian University for CAPA.  If you complete all 6 modules, you can print a certificate which is useful for CPD.    

Other resources

Here are some resources and ideas, many of them developed with care professionals and people experiencing care.

Movement Sticks

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.

Top Tips

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 and training
  • Day to day movement
  • Personal (care) plans
  • Good conversations
  • Celebrating success
  • Being connected
  • Staff wellbeing environment

Download the CAPA Top tips guide here.

Super Six

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 document 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.

Resources to add to newsletters

The following messages can be downloaded for use in local newsletters and updates for people who receive care, and their family and friends. They can also be printed out for display.

Useful contacts

Vitamin D in care homes

New guidance on offering vitamin D nutritional supplements to eligible residents in adult care homes has been published.

Visiting, meaningful connection, Anne’s Law

Every adult and older person living in a care home has the right to connect with family, friends and community.

Film in care

The Film in Care resource provides a practical guide on how to present film to people living in care homes in a way that will be most beneficial to them. It has been written in partnership with two Dundee University researchers who carried out their own original research on this topic.