Petting animals can lower your blood pressure, cut down on stress hormones and helps your body to release a relaxation hormone.
At Exemplar Health Care, our care homes have regular visits from ZooLab, who engage with residents in an informative way through their unique animal workshops.
They recently visited our Scotia Heights and St Andrew’s Court care homes in Stoke-on-Trent and Hull, and our residents loved the visits and said that they were happy to hold and touch the animals.
Taking an autumn walk
Nature can also be great inspiration for people to get creative - this can be through painting, drawing or crafting something using items found out and about in nature.
Our colleagues and residents often go out on walks in the surrounding areas - it’s great to blow off the cobwebs and get out into the fresh air, as well as to keep active!
The team at our Yarningdale care home in Ripley are lucky to live near the local park. Last week, they got wrapped up and enjoyed a stroll in the crisp autumn weather.
Day trips out
“Farming is a major influence in the health of the nation, beyond simply delivering good food,” claims Gregor Henderson from Public Health England.
“Through its activities and interactions with the environment, farming gives people a sense of purpose and wellbeing.”
Our Activities Teams organise regular trips out with residents, such as this trip to Wigfield Farm with our Greenside Court care home in Rotherham.
Person-centred care with Exemplar Health Care
We encourage people to continue to do the things that they enjoy, as well as develop new hobbies and access education and volunteering if they wish. And we adjust our approach as a person’s condition develops and changes.
Our high staffing levels of Registered Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants are determined by each person’s individual needs. This enables us to work at their own pace and build trust, and provide support with all aspects of their life, which leads to improved person-centred and longer-term outcomes.