This month the Embrace Manager's Conference 2015 got some Oomph! - with a special case study video on the theme of leadership, featuring Manor House and starring Activity Co-Ordinators Amber and Sharon. Watch the full video here.
Oomph! are also delighted to announce a major national partnership with brighterkind after a highly successful pilot period in 15 homes. Oomph! are set to provide Exercise and Activity training and support to Managers and Activity Staff in all 71 homes in the brighterkind estate. During the pilot period, brighterkind residents taking part in weekly Oomph! classes saw:
With regards to the newly launched Activities Leadership Training Course:
Also featured in this month's newsletter is the story of Manor House resident Sylvia, who suffers from anxiety and at first, was reluctant to join in with Oomph! classes. However, with the support of staff at the care home, she is now regularly taking part in Oomph!, and often requests an encore! She has found social benefits, with Oomph! making her "ever so happy!".
Each month, I write a guest article for Care Home Management Magazine. In September, I focused on how to tailor activities in your home for residents living with dementia. Here's what I wrote:
These can be some of the hardest to reach residents and their needs are often most challenging. Recent research by the Alzheimer’s Society suggests that 32% of people who live with dementia said that they felt they were not living well with dementia or did not know, whilst 53% of people said they had felt anxious or depressed recently. On the flipside, the positive benefit of activities on these residents can be most profound and impactful. There’s increasing amount of research out there that exercise and meaningful activities can manage symptoms of dementia and improve quality of life.
Here’s some things we recommend on our Activities Leadership Licence training course:
In terms of specific activities you might offer:
Above all else, remember to enjoy the moment: when working with residents with dementia, success is often about whether they are enjoying a particular activity, not whether they’ve achieved a particular result.
Find out more about our Activities Leadership Licence by emailing email@example.com. You can call me at any time for personal advice on 07765 474214.
Often recreational activities and exercise programmes are not top on the list of priorities in care settings, with medical and safety issues taking precedent. However, the importance of activities in care homes shouldn’t be underestimated, as recent reports of independent regulator, CQC, evidence the impact of activities and the vital nature of provision of meaningful activities for care home residents.
‘Outstanding’ homes have been praised on their effective approach to providing an abundance of activities, showing the weight placed on the quality of life of residents beyond their physiological wellbeing:
Homes falling under the ‘Good’ category are also commended on their activities in the CQC inspections, proving that CQC take activities and exercise into account when reviewing the quality of care - acting as an asset in inspections:
Similarly, a lack of activities is also noted in the reports, with homes that ‘Require Improvement’ and that are 'Inadequate' encouraged to invest in their programme:
These examples are just a few quotes referring to activities in CQC reports, but go some way in proving the worth of an effective programme. This is where Oomph! has the ability to help care settings improve upon their CQC ratings, showing inspectors that the residents’ physical, mental and emotional stimulation is considered an essential aspect of quality of life. The comprehensive training encourages instructors to deliver energetic, personalised routines, with maximum social interaction, providing the meaningful activities that are sought after by the regulators.
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