CAPA stands for Care About Physical Activity, which is an improvement programme that focuses on making small changes to improve the quality of care experienced by older people in Scotland.
Physical activity often declines as people get older, so it's important to implement a routine with the help of those around you no matter your age or abilities.
Prolonged sitting leads to poor health such as frailty, falls and bone health. It also results in a poorer quality of life, depression, and loneliness. Moving more often during the day is of crucial importance to older people’s health and well-being. Increasing strength and balance also helps older people to remain independent for longer, have a better quality of life and help reduce falls.
Training has been given to several staff members from all departments. CAPA promotes the physical activity of residents that need support from our staff.
One of our residents has become less mobile due to a long stay in hospital prior to admission, and she is often reluctant to partake in the exercise regimes offered by trained staff. CAPA will enable this resident to become more mobile and independent which will improve her health and well-being. “Moving More Often” gives support in a discreet way to encourage physical activity tailored for each individual.
CAPA provides accessible resources for many care professionals so that they can use the initiatives within their care services. Regular physical activity can make a huge difference to everyone's health, well-being and overall quality of life, and it's important to note that doing something is better than doing nothing.
Research has shown that the CAPA programme has improved the quality of life as well as the independence of many older people in Scotland. With the support of care staff, residents have shown a willingness to partake in physical activities starting with simple tasks such as rising from a chair, walking and moving around the care home, and making use of the outdoors.
Encouraging residents to do the things that motivate them on a daily basis is a great starting point for improving their physical activity, which not only benefits their physical health but also their mental and emotional well-being.
We're excited to see the positive changes CAPA will bring to residents' lives. To find out more about daily life at Woodlands Care Home or if you have any questions regarding our care services, get in touch with the team today.