THIS year, World Mental Health Day’s theme was ‘Mental Health For All’ and Friends of the Elderly, the charity which runs and manages care homes, daycare centres and home care services throughout England, observed this annual awareness day by reiterating its commitment to its residents and service user’s mental health and wellbeing.
World Mental Health Day (WMHD) which takes place each year on 10th October, first took place back in 1992 and was started by the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary-General, Richard Hunter.
Friends of the Elderly puts the health, safety and wellbeing of its residents and service users at the heart of everything it does and knows how important it is to take care of each individual’s mental health and happiness and consistently puts into practice activities to help support this.
Jess Stone, Head of Marketing and Communications at Friends of the Elderly said:
“Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities. Through our wide and varied range of interactive and inclusive activities, our residents and service users are able to keep active, eat well, enjoy socially distanced classes and sessions as well as communicate, interact and maintain and forge new friendships.”
Friends of the Elderly see the person first and not their diagnosis and concentrates on what people can do rather than what they can no longer do. Throughout all its homes – which cover residential, nursing and dementia care – daycare centres and home care services, the teams ensure everyone is kept active, motivated, engaged and stimulated.
Activities at the care homes have not slowed down during the COVID-19 lockdown. Residents have been active and entertained throughout this unprecedented time, which has helped to support their positive mental and physical wellbeing.
The charity’s experienced Activity Co-ordinators design, develop and deliver full programmes, bespoke to their resident’s needs, wants and interests. These include gentle – socially distanced – group exercise classes, baking, creative international and imaginative arts and crafts sessions, gardening, music, themed movie nights, games afternoons, quizzes, knit and natter groups, flower arranging, virtual church services and hymn sessions, book clubs, cheese and wine evenings and external visiting entertainers who, throughout the COVID lockdown, have been putting on outside performances.
By providing an exceptional level of care, the charity’s interactive activities provide residents and service users with the opportunity to live fulfilled lives and support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.