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Norse Care Project - Building physical activity into care provider framework

Using physical activity as part of the care plan for residents living within residential care settings can have a profound effect upon their physical and mental wellbeing, and in turn their quality of life. As stated by Nice guidance:

Increased activity and engagement can have a positive effect on wellbeing and quality of life, which can contribute to other important outcomes, including mortality rates. Therefore, in order to achieve this, all staff need to know that engaging with people living in the home or scheme and encouraging activity, is fundamental to their caring role (NICE, 2018).

Active Norfolk has worked in partnership with Norse Care to build physical activity into the organisation's core framework for all of its care homes, with physical activity now forming a key part of their Dementia and Wellbeing strategies. We have also supported with the development of provision that is delivered, using the findings from the Mobile Me project to influence decisions around the type of activities to provide and the way in which exercise could become a part of residents' care. Click on the document below to view the full project profile.

Active Norfolk has worked closely with NorseCare to implement a series of practices to increase residents' activity levels through Dance to Health, Mobile Me and crazy golf. As a result of the project, many residents have reported an improvement in mobility and mood; therefore, we look to put procedures in place to ensure physical activity becomes a key part of care provision at our homes and schemes (Norsecare Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2022).

If you or your organisation would be interested in adopting the same or a similar approach to our work with Norsecare, please register your interest with Ryan Hughes, Active Ageing Officer at Active Norfolk.

Testimonials from Support Staff

"Thursday has become a much looked forward to day in the Redmayne week. Having Steve and Jackie (Activities workers) here encourages movement and, together with plenty of laughter, creates and amazing atmosphere. Even tenants who are usually very reluctant to join in with anything have taken part and are smiling and communicating with others."

- Care Home Manager, Norsecare
"There was a lady in a wheelchair, whose grip was weak, and they were putting the ball in her hand, and she wasn’t really interested, she wasn’t paying attention, and they did it with her, and all of a sudden she picked it up and did it herself, and it was something really little, that made me go ‘yes’, it’s worth that….. It started with the lady not able to do it, and then she was able to."

- Care Home Staff Member, Norsecare
"It brought everyone together. Several people didn’t feel they wanted to play, however when we started they  were watching, laughing joking and clapping. It was a real ice breaker. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the morning."

- Dementia Support Manager, Alzheimer's Society
"One week there was a tenant who has Parkinson's disease who came to have a game of ice hockey. This game got very competitive as he was playing against me (a female staff member) and he was waving his hands in the air saying 'come on'. It was a lovely atmosphere."

- Care Home Staff Member, Norsecare

Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes

Active Ageing Officer

I have a background of working on various community based programmes across Norfolk, as well as studying Sport and Education Studies at the University of Northampton. The experience I gained lead me to my current post with Active Norfolk overseeing our older people work, which focuses on the over 65s and is designed to address barriers to participation within this age group, and increase opportunities for Norfolk's older population to have access to physical activity.

In my spare time I enjoy playing/watching multiple sports including squash, badminton and football, in particular following the hugely successful Chelsea FC. I also like to travel, when time and money allows.

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