Activities for Health provides a range of services covering training, activity provision in care homes, and person-centred planning. Click on each link below for more information:



Training Session: “The Importance of Activities”

Designed for carers, activity organisers and whole care-home-teams, owners and managers


To raise awareness of activities, to promote and inspire all staff members to be more pro-active in activity provision, and to give them confidence to engage clients in activities. EVERYBODY IS AN ACTIVITY FACILITATOR! (Don’t just leave it to the Activity Organiser).


  • The importance of Activities
  • Communication Skills
  • Being person-centred
  • Environment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Objectives of Activities
  • Outcomes of Activities
  • Evidence and Note-writing
  • Easy to implement activity ideas, and chance to practise in a non-judgemental session

Certificates of attendance issued to trainees

Price on application


Masterclass Session: “How to plan and run an Activity Programme in a Care Home”

(and comply with CQC Inspection requirements regarding activities)

Designed for people who will be planning and organising activities in care homes and responsible for the associated paperwork. This is a good follow-on training session from “The Importance of Activities” training.


To raise awareness of activities, training in assessing and planning activities, risk assessments and outcomes. To give staff confidence to plan & engage service users in activities.


  • Legislation and evidence base behind provision of meaningful activities
  • The role of the Activities Organiser and retaining/developing skills and raising independence and quality of life for service users
  • How to assess service users’ activity needs and write an activity plan, by including the service user and their family
  • Ways to promote and encourage higher levels of engagement in activities for service-users
  • Maintaining community links
  • Spirituality
  • The importance of Multi-Sensory activities
  • Different levels of activity provision (eg. late-stage dementia)

Certificates of attendance issued to trainees

Price on application
SPECIAL DEAL … Book both the above sessions to get discounted rates


Training Session: “Person-Centred Planning and Care”


  • Legislation and evidence base behind person Centred Planning and care
  • What is Person Centred Care?
  • Individuality
  • Tools and resources
  • Inclusion of the service user and their family
  • Ways to promote and encourage higher levels of engagement in activities for service-users using a Person Centred Approach
  • Providing Person-Centred assistance with eating, drinking, personal care and continence management
Price on application


Care Home Settings

Make activities for your individuals a necessity not a luxury…


  • “A survey of 12 homes found that over a 6 hour period, the median resident spent less than 2 minutes in conversation (or other forms of communication) with staff or other residents outside of care tasks” Alzheimers Society Home from Home Report 2007 (Page 18, 2.2.1)
  • One study found that despite high attendance at activity sessions only 6.5% of residents at 5 care homes received appropriate activities (Buettner & Fitzsimmons, 2003)… i.e. people were present but not engaging in the activity or the activities were not appropriate. Featured in Alzheimers Society Home from Home Report 2007 (3.2.2)
  • “Providing meaningful activities can help ensure that local authorities meet their Safeguarding Responsibilities, as a lack of meaningful activity can often be part of a wider pattern of neglect” NICE Advice LGB25 – Older People in Care Homes (Feb 2015)
  • With increasing anecdotal evidence that occupational therapists are working with care home providers, we are hopefully on course to address the occupational deprivation of older people in our care homes. (Karin Tancock, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2014, 77 (3) P125 – Establishing an activity culture in care homes.)

Activities for Health is here to help you with:

  • Review of your Activity Service and person centred planning
  • Bespoke training and consultancy regarding activities
  • Activities Assessment, production of an Activity Plan and training staff in the right approach for individuals including those considered ‘hard to engage’, especially in dementia
  • Set up appropriate person-centred paperwork & evidence good work
  • Set up appropriate activities for your individuals & groups
  • Ongoing support of your staff promoting activities in your service


For care institutions, community groups and individuals…


Benefits of engaging with Activities for Health:

  • Improved Health, Wellbeing, and Quality of Life for individuals
  • Keep your beds filled – people are very impressed by a full and varied activity programme that is Person-Centred
  • You are accountable for the activity provision in your service – keep the Care Quality Commission on-side by meeting their criteria for activities
  • Adhere to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines regarding activities (QS 30, 50, LGB25)


Be pro-active – get your WHOLE TEAM involved in activity provision
Even if you only have 1 minute to facilitate interaction with your service user… make it count


What’s in it for you?

I know from experience that an ‘Activity Plan’ can engage the agitated, difficult person to give a sense of achievement and fulfilment. It can also draw the shy and uninvolved by an understanding of group dynamics. From a staff perspective, this can make for less use of the much derided ‘chemical cosh’ accusations as well as making patients more engaged and settled.

Training staff over time to take on the OT designed ‘Activity Plan’ and understand its principals and ethos can enhance both staff morale and their continuing professional development. OT-run Refresher courses can be organised to keep staff up to date with activity centred developments based on continuing research.

Precise activity documentation can often be an indicator of other changes in cognitive and medical function. Training staff on how to identify and record changes can serve as an ‘early flag’ for other, more serious conditions when part of an ongoing continuous assessment. Suitable, enjoyable and graded activities tap into an integrated service. The enhancement of skills involving concentrated listening, tactile engagement, and attention to detail can make for better motor and cognitive control. This translates to less incidents and greater safety resulting in cost and health benefits all round.

A research project undertaken for the Alzheimers Society (Home from Home report) identified the need for higher staffing levels to deal with the levels of aggression that they may sometimes face from people with dementia in care homes. This clearly has an effect on costs – as does the level of staff injuries incurred. Keeping residents fit, well and mentally alert increases their independence and reduces the level of support that they require.(NICE ADVICE LGB25 – Older People in Care Homes (Feb 2015).

Falls resulting in injury are the leading cause of accident-related mortality among older people. After a fall, an older person has a 50% chance of having seriously impaired mobility and a 10% chance of dying within a year.(NICE ADVICE LGB25 – Older People in Care Homes (Feb 2015). By keeping people active, fit and stimulated, it greatly reduces the risk of falls amongst your residents, and can also slow down the progression of dementia.

These benefits may seem intangible and unquantifiable in the short term but families and new legislative edicts now demand a less custodial approach. Increasingly, a more customer driven model is the future of care.

Instructing staff on how to implement and maintain a sound ‘Activity Plan’ taps into the degree-standard training of Occupational Therapy with its commitment to holistic principles and use of evidence based practice. This can be the foundation on which Care Homes can build a stronger client centred structure. This can only enhance the reputation and standard of the individual Care Home.


Care Home Packages

Bronze Package

Half day Training Workshop of your choice and a follow-up visit

Silver Package

Supplying a Personal History per resident

Supplying a Person Centred Activity Plan & Outcomes per resident

Gold Package

Supplying a Jackie Pool Assessment per resident

Supplying a Personal History per resident

Supplying a Person Centred Activity Plan & Outcomes per resident

Prices on application


Person-Centred Activity Planning

For Individuals in the Community

Detailed assessment of individual interests and exploration of these, ascertaining levels of support needed, culminating in a comprehensive Activity Plan for individuals in their home setting.

£45 per hour


Bespoke packages put together to suit your needs

Activities for Health also provides upon request:

Bespoke training packages for groups and individuals on a number of topics related to activity provision

Mentoring/Supervision Sessions

Dementia Awareness

Hands-On Activity Provision

Help with Trips Out

Consultancy on Activity Provision and Environment in Care Homes and other services