Wellbeing - residents and service users
On this page we will post details of useful resources around activities and wellbeing for care home residents and service users during the COVID-19 pandemic
Activities for older people
Gentle Home Exercises
Active Norfolk have collated some NHS home workout sheets and examples into an easily printable PDF.
Music for wellbeing - care homes playlists
On the Recovery College Online website you can find playlists for older people, designed to be played by staff and carers at care homes and in the community.
The playlists are approximately fifty minutes to an hour long, created for easy use. The artists and repertoire have been selected on the basis of the musical interests of residents at two care homes, collected during informal interviews between 2018-2020.
The specific tracks and sequencing were automatically selected by X-System, which is a technology capable of predicting the neuro-physiological effects of music.
- Wake Up with The Musicals
- Getting Going With The Beatles
- Lunchtime with Glenn Miller
- Feeling Better And Better
- Relax With Opera
- Good Night With Doris Day
Shorter, twenty minute versions of some of these playlists can be found in the relaxing and enlivening pages on the site.
Introduction to mindfulness - free e-learning course
Health Education England and MindEd have produced a short e-learning programme to provide people with an overview of what mindfulness is. In addition to people accessing mindfulness courses for their own health and wellbeing, there are many professionals who would like a greater understanding of how it can support the people they are working with. The programme provides a definition of mindfulness, the evidence for it and where to get more information for further resources and support. The programme has been developed as part of the MindEd programme with support from Health Education England.
Virtual socials for wellbeing
Online (via Zoom) social events from the Norfolk & Waveney Wellbeing Service. These social events are based upon the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. These are a set of evidence-based recommendations which, when followed, can improve your mental health and wellbeing. They are: connect, be active, learn, take notice and give.
Learning disability and mental health
People with a learning disability can be more likely to experience poor mental health. Skills for Care have developed free resources to help adult social care staff talk to people about their everyday mental health, and enable them to get the support they need. It includes a number of useful resources:
- Top tips for talking about our feelings - these tips will help you to talk to people with a learning disability about their everyday mental health.
- What makes us worried and what can help – this poster explains some of the things that people with a learning disability said makes them worried, and what can help.
- What can help with our mental health – this poster examples some of the things that people with a learning disability said helps with their mental health.
- My wellbeing journal – this journal is for people with a learning disability, to help them to think about and write down how they’re feeling.
Tips for living in isolation - from buildingmaterials.co.uk
The website buildingmaterials.co.uk produces a useful guide around practical winter safety and home insulation tips for older people and this guide also has a chapter on dealing with loneliness and isolation which may be of use to providers supporting people in theor own homes at this time.
Preventing work related stress: Health and Safety Executive talking toolkit for preventing work related stress
The National Care Forum's COVID-19 Wellbeing webpage