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Activity Coordinators are responsible for providing opportunities for their clients to increase their physical level of activity. This can include dancing, walking, ball games, and moving to music from a seated position.
Physical activity plays a pivotal role in maintaining good health and overall well-being. Age is irrelevant; everyone benefits from exercises that are suitable to their health, age, and circumstances.
Benefits of Exercise:
- Mobility: Enhances joint flexibility, reducing fall risks.
- Cognitive Health: Boosts memory and reduces dementia risks.
- Social Opportunity: Group workouts promote social bonding.
- Mood Boost: Combats depression and enhances overall mood.
- Provide consistent and appropriate physical activities to participants.
- Foster social interactions and relationships among participants.
- Enhance the overall functionality and physical capabilities of participants.
- Selection of equipment is contingent on the specific exercise regimen.
- For DVD-based exercises, ensure a large TV and a DVD player or a laptop is available.
- Incorporate a quality loudspeaker for clear audio.
- Engagement: Hold a meeting with residents to highlight the benefits of physical activity.
- Expertise: Invite your Physiotherapist to attend the meeting.
- Assessment: Talk to clinical staff to ensure each participant is able to join the group.
- Collaboration: Involve families in exercise selection: seated exercises, hydrotherapy etc.
- Support: Make sure you have one or more activity assistants or volunteers to help out.
- Venue: Choose a location that is peaceful with no onlookers walking by or talking.
- Engagement: Ensure sessions are lively and enjoyable to foster ongoing participation.
Evaluation and Feedback:
- Actively seek feedback from participants, caregivers, and staff.
- Document the response and mood of participants after every session.
- Summarize your findings and record them in your Progress Notes.
With proper planning and commitment, residents will reap the benefits of the exercise programs you create for them. These programs not only bolster physical health but also promote emotional well-being and social engagement among participants.