Meaningful Activities in Care Homes – West Eaton Nursing Home

At West Eaton we recognise that the transition from home to a care home is a big challenge for both our clients and their families as established roles, routines and habits are lost. The Activity Co-ordinator routinely adapts the programme in response to the wishes and needs of individuals.

What is a meaningful activity?

  • Provide joy to the people living within a home environment
  • Provide the residents with a sense of well-being
  • Provide residents with a choice and variety of activities to engage in
  • Enable residents to join in and belong to something worthwhile
  • Provide a sense of belonging
  • Engage all residents living with Dementia no matter what stage individuals are experiencing
  • Encourage togetherness
  • Encourage intergenerational contact
  • Provide stimulation through body language, conversation and actions
  • Provide a sense of community

At West Eaton we achieve the above through activities that are educational, encourage reminisce, socialising and moving. Our residents enjoy the following activities:

  • Reading aloud
  • Holding hands
  • Talking
  • Baking
  • Holy Communion
  • Cheese and Cider and listening to records afternoon
  • Real life experiences – outings / shopping and visiting places like The Courtyard.
  • Music experiences that include singers and Beat It.
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Dancing

Giving people a variety of activities enables them to make a choice as to whether or not they want to get involved, listening to residents also give them the power to make those choices therefore fulfilling their well-being. Everyone likes to be listened to.

Rita Graham

Activity Co-ordinator