Social activities, leisure interests and hobbies are all part of a healthy, balanced life. Exemplar's homes enjoy activities programmes which include arts, crafts, creative therapies, relaxation, horticulture, sport and physical activity as well as tailored 1:1 activities to meet a person's goal. Dedicated activity staff develop, coordinate and evaluate individual and group activity.
We believe that being involved in social activities offers real therapeutic benefits to individuals. Our aim is for everyone to engage in enjoyable activities which help increase independence and improve life skills, whilst also developing links with the local community and therapeutic environment in the service.
From induction, staff are taught the importance of meaningful activities, linked to a service user's personal and outcomes and goals. Activity types will vary between people - being part of a caring community means that activities will fit around the individual and their likes and dislikes.
Service users work with staff to develop activity ideas to celebrate a specific occasion or to mark an important event. Plans are then developed around a particular theme and activities planned out over a number of days, perhaps creating themed menus, sourcing equipment, shopping or creating crafts as a group or on an individual basis.
Individuals work towards completing an activity, with some support offered if required to solve problems. Activities allow a person to work towards improving their independence in daily living, shopping and cooking by having their own jobs around the home and engaging in planning. Staff support individuals to ensure they are achieving their goals whilst also challenging, ensuring people remain focussed and motivated.
Individuals carry out familiar tasks in a familiar environment, focussing on skills and interests they have gained throughout their life. Activities are simple and repetitive, to ensure people remain engaged. Tasks could include household or garden tasks.
Individuals with very complex needs may benefit from single step sensory activities and responding to sensory stimulation and movement. We ensure that individuals at this level are involved and supported in activities with a meaningful occupation, so that they are engaged and relaxed.
Individuals may not be aware of their surroundings as they are perhaps living in a minimally conscious state. To encourage a feeling of well-being and engagement with their home, direct sensory stimulation is used. We use multi-sensory rooms, state of the art multi-sensory bathrooms, and music, touch, taste and light in bedrooms.