Understanding the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care


1.1   If someone has a prolonged amount of inactivity it can really have a negative impact on both their mental and physical state. As people get older, the muscles start to deteriorate if they aren't used enough, so if someone is physically inactive then over time it will likely mean that they aren't able to be active or mobile. As for mentally they could begin to feel tired and experience fatigue, meaning they don't want to do anything this could and probably would lead to being isolated or depressed.

1.2   If someone is active then they are keeping as much of their independence as possible, which could improve their mood. Someone could be able to get out and about, and would feel less isolated, and just generally a bit more fit and healthy.

1.3   When a resident enjoys and activity, or has a positive experience from it, they will be more likely to return and do it again, thus leading to a general improvement to their physical and mental wellbeing. The relationship between the two is that they work hand in hand with each other. If one works so does the other, and vice versa.

1.4   A negative experience of an activity could be anything from an individual's taste, and not enjoying that particular topic, or activity.   It could be in the form of a disturbance, such as unexpected cancellations or plan changes, it could also be from something as simple as the weather- was it too hot or too cold.  

1.5     If someone has a bad experience in an activity, then they are less likely to try again, or do another activity. Not saying that they definitely won't but it will lessen the chances as they could feel that if they were to try again the same thing could happen and they would have another negative experience. Linked to this is that if someone decides that they don't want to join an activity because of a bad past experience they may become isolated and become...