People living in care homes can spend long periods of their day sitting or lying down. We aim to improve older adult’s physical, mental and social heath by encouraging them to move more in and around their care home. Being active can also help reduce the risk of falls.
"Since the start of this initiative my health has improved with the walking and exercise that I have been doing, I have lost weight and I have been able to come off my diabetic medication which I am pleased about." Care home resident.
Activities will be tailored to each resident’s needs and will include internal and external walking routes, improved signage to garden spaces, strength and balance activities, health walks and other creative ways to get residents moving.
We will also look at improving access to walking activities and greenspace in the wider community.
“I know there are 70 steps from my bedroom to the kitchen, so last night I did an extra walk to the kitchen and back to increase my number of steps for the day and I plan to increase my steps.” Care home resident.
Working in partnership, with Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership, Live Active Leisure’s Stride for Life project, Perth and Kinross Council, NHS Tayside and the Care Inspectorate’s Care About Physical Activity (CAPA) project, the Care About Walking project aims to embed walking into the overall culture of care homes.
We have worked with residents and staff from Parkdale Care Home in Auchterarder to develop the ‘Care about Walking’ resource pack. This pack supports care home residents to walk more by increasing awareness of the benefits of physical activity and using goal setting and activity tracking to record progress and achievements. There is also a set of posters to use around the care home and a guidance note for care home staff on how to use the resource.
Download the Care About Walking Information Booklet
“I feel that having the walking resource encourages the resident to keep moving, especially if there is a personal goal at the end of it and for me it is watching the progress and the sense of achievement everyday when they relax after walking. It's a great way to spend time during the day.” Care home staff member.
For more information email Dementiafriendly@pathsforall.org.uk
The Dementia Friendly Walking Project is supported by The Life Changes Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund, William Grant Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Spirit of 2012, sportscotland and the Scottish Government.