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The importance of social and meaningful activities


Engaging in social and meaningful activities is crucial for seniors' mental and physical well-being. As the weather warms up, Kew Care Group encourages its residents to participate in stimulating hobbies and activities. The staff team at Kew Care Group includes enthusiastic activity coordinators who recognise the importance of mental health in addition to physical health. Active classes and new hobbies can help maintain a creative spirit and improve mental well-being. Age UK's 'Fit for the future' campaign demonstrated that 50% of older participants experienced improved mental well-being, while 70% of carers reported feeling more motivated and having better self-esteem.

The benefits of regular activities are numerous and include:

  • Added structure to one's day 
  • An increased sense of belonging 
  • A lower risk of heart disease, strokes, and dementia 
  • Improved sleep, reduced loneliness and boredom
  • Improved physical strength and coordination.

How we encourage social activities

At Kew Care Group, the staff knows each resident personally and adapts activities to suit their preferences and needs. They also ensure that residents have ample time to become familiar with activities, and work schedules can be adapted to enable social and meaningful activities.

What types of hobbies are accessible to all?

Accessible activities range from spontaneous arts and crafts or social engagement to planned events arranged days, weeks, or even months in advance. The most important thing is that these activities provide a sense of purpose to residents and cater to their unique preferences, needs, and interests.

A change of scenery

A change of scenery can also be beneficial, and Kew Care Group arranges visits away from the care home to nearby gardens, coffee shops, local pubs, seaside trips, local attractions, or the theatre. Seniors who remain engaged and have access to hobbies and activities they enjoy experience numerous mental and physical health benefits. Kew Care Group encourages and supports residents to continue doing activities they love with flexibility, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness.