Helping people to ENJOY life
not endure it!…

how to motivate people into activity…

Heather Manktelow
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)
HCPC Registered, BAOT Member, COTSSIP, Police Checked


Activities for Health, based in Devon, offers bespoke training and consultancy, and helps care homes to become ‘CQC Inspection-ready’ in their Activity Provision as well as working with individuals.

As a fully qualified practicing Occupational Therapy Specialist in Dementia and Elder Care, I have wide clinical and research experience in this important field. I firmly believe that life should be engaging to the very end, but in my career I have often observed little professional understanding or input towards ensuring people’s lives are enriched by appropriate meaningful and person-centred ‘Activity’.

My general aim is therefore first of all to explain what is involved in a targeted, professionally led ‘Activity Plan’ and second, why it is important in enhancing lives in both a domestic and Care Home setting.

People are not historic relics in a museum – to leave on a shelf, be kept clean and just looked at… Humans have a basic intrinsic need to be involved in activity and to feel useful. We must not continue simply as ‘curators'; we need to genuinely begin to ‘care’ by applying evidence-based practice and trained professionals in the field of activity provision. There is a growing body of research, guidance and legislation to support this approach and to promote well-being, including The Care Act (2014); NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Quality Standard 50 – Mental Wellbeing of Older People in Care Homes (December 2013); NICE Quality Standard 30 – Supporting People to Live Well with Dementia (April 2013); and NICE Advice LGB25 – Older People in Care Homes (February 2015).

I have worked across a range of client groups in the community, supported living, hospitals and care homes, including experience with physical and mental health, learning disability, brain injury, and dementia.

For four years I worked in a Nursing Home for people living with dementia, mental health problems and challenging behaviour, organising and facilitating a full and creative programme of activities; raising quality of life for all the residents.

I enjoy being ‘hands-on’ and still do some care work; facilitate sing-along sessions for the charity Sing For Your Life; and facilitate activities in a Memory Cafe for people living with dementia.

I am now on a mission to share my expertise in activities and share Best Practice, especially to people perceived by others to be ‘hard to engage’ in activities. I can work with you to help individuals to engage with activities in a positive way, which ultimately has health benefits… Activities for Health

Bespoke packages can be put together to meet your needs.


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