Research into residents’ activities and wellbeing by Runwood Homes’ Wellbeing and Dementia Services Team has resulted in a commitment to further invest in staffing, which aims to improve the welfare of residents and is also expected to have a positive ripple effect, aiding care teams as well as members of wider local communities.
The traditional responsibilities of Activities Coordinator have been thoughtfully redeveloped to the new, more prominent position of Wellbeing Lead. This new role still encompasses the classic duties of implementing an interesting programme of suitable and enjoyable activities, but it also calls for guiding others with their expertise; teaching skills, sharing best practise and introducing new ideas within homes as well as communities.
Existing Activity Coordinators moving up into the Wellbeing Lead role will have successfully taken part in an panelled interview process to determine whether they can achieve the competencies expected to ensure the highest standards of activity for residents.
Paul Gaskell, Director of Wellbeing & Dementia Services, has been leading on the development and introduction of the new Wellbeing Strategy. He says: “The move from the traditional activity provision to a whole team approach to engagement, occupation and stimulation, will have direct wellbeing benefits for all residents. In addition, we will be taking into account every resident’s personality, background, interests and abilities, when planning their activity with them. As it reads in our Wellbeing Strategy, our aim is that every resident can be happy, fulfilled and valued.”
The Wellbeing Lead will have a greater impact on wellbeing for all residents in the home, including taking a lead role in mealtime engagement and setting sessions of food based activity, physical activity, current affairs stimulation, etc, to meet all needs. A photographic evidence folder of main events, with involvement from residents – e.g. quotes and feedback – will be kept.
Fran Annis, Wellbeing Lead at Outstanding CQC-rated care home, Windmill House, says of her new position: “To deliver our very best to the residents we’ll continue to develop team-wellbeing; the team consisting of residents, relatives, staff, professionals and volunteers all working together and connecting the residents to the wider community.
“One of my actions will be to make mealtimes the best experience for all; expanding themes, introducing new ideas and promoting independence and choice.”