Exercise, Social Interaction and Dementia
Regular exercise and social interaction are essential to everyone’s health and well being at any age. For those who are older and living with dementia, it is an essential part of managing the symptoms of the condition.
Taking part in activities which use coordination, stretching and moving are all good for maintaining balance. Falls can be common amongst those who are elderly, frail and living with dementia. So, retaining a good level of fitness and sense of balance can help to prevent injuries from falling.
For those with dementia, they may find it difficult to communicate and get confused easily. The result of this means that they can become socially isolated. The vicious circle of this situation is that their condition will deteriorate quicker if an individual doesn’t feel part of the world around them. Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference has shown that even as little as ten minutes of interaction a day helps improve wellbeing for people with dementia in care homes.
Activities and Events for Dementia Care
At Lovett Care we understand the links between all these factors which is why we develop a weekly programme of activities to encourage social bonds and manage the symptoms of dementia amongst our residents.
From flower arranging and parties to trips out, activities and events are a regular feature in the calendar of Lovett care home calendars as part of our social and dementia care at both Hilton House and Goldendale House.
- Exercise sessions involving games and activities which encourage movement even for those with limited mobility are good for physical and mental health and are also a lot of fun too.
- Gardening is a brilliant shared experience which has the therapeutic value of spending time outdoors, tending to plants and watching your efforts blossom into fruition.
- Singing and music are great ways to stimulate memories. Having regular performers is not just for entertainment. But there is also a strong connection between singing and enjoying music as a group to encourage communication.
- Themed meals are ways to bring people together in our residential dementia care homes. From making the table decorations to enjoying the food together, we like to make the experience special and get everyone involved whether it is themed around the cuisine of a country or an event in the calendar.
- Charity Fundraising always brings a “feel good” factor and social interaction. Enjoying a cake sale, coffee morning, or competition is always a lift. Knowing that a good cause will benefit helps connect residents with the world outside of the care home.
- Trips and days out are always something we look forward to. Whether this is a visit to Trentham Gardens, Armed Forces Day at Longton Park, or an afternoon tea event with care students at Newcastle College. Getting out and about helps to prevent isolation and is always something to look forward to.
Residential Dementia Care Homes
Within the residential dementia care homes in Stoke on Trent run by Lovett Care, we like to get to know the individual, their likes and dislikes and their interests. Understanding someone helps to build a better care plan for them.
We also make a big effort to create a sense of community through a series of activities and events which have elements of exercise, social interaction and occasion. A great example is our VE Day Celebration across Hilton House, Goldendale House and Twyford House. Despite the lockdown, we were determined to mark the occasion in Lovett Care style from start to finish and provide our residents with a wonderful day.
Would you like to know more about our care home provision in Stoke on Trent? Please ask us a question and a member of our team will be happy to respond. To find out more about how we work to prevent loneliness and isolation in our care homes, our blog may be able to help.