The Impact of Engaging Activities on Clinical Outcomes in Senior Living

March 28, 2024

The importance of engaging activities extends beyond recreation; it's a fundamental element crucial for ensuring optimal clinical outcomes, particularly in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Studies already show how seniors benefit from physical activity and how programming can improve cognitive abilities - but what does this mean for us in the day-to-day? In this blog, we explore how the right activities contribute to improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being, playing a pivotal role in supporting better clinical outcomes for your residents.

Improved Physical Health

Regular engagement in physical activities supports residents' mobility, strength, and balance, reducing the risk of falls and addressing chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.

Enhanced Mental Health

Social and creative activities positively impact mental health, reducing feelings of isolation, lowering the risk of depression, and improving overall mood and cognitive function.

Cognitive Stimulation

Brain-stimulating activities like puzzles and games help maintain or improve cognitive abilities, particularly beneficial for residents with dementia or cognitive impairments.

Better Emotional Well-being

Meaningful activities provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, countering the potential loss of independence and identity that residents might experience in a skilled nursing or other senior living home setting.

Improved Sleep Patterns

Regular activity contributes to better sleep quality, vital for overall health, mood improvement, enhanced cognitive function, and physical well-being.

Enhanced Appetite and Nutrition

Staying active and engaged stimulates appetite, promoting better nutrition, a critical aspect of maintaining health and managing medical conditions.

Reduced Behavioral Symptoms

Appropriate activities can reduce agitation, anxiety, and other behavioral symptoms in residents with dementia, potentially leading to a decrease in the use of medications.

Better Pain Management

Engagement in activities serves as a non-pharmacological approach to pain management, providing a distraction from chronic pain.

Increased Social Interaction

Activities involving social interaction are essential for emotional health, reducing the risk of loneliness and depression while fostering a sense of community and belonging.

Promotion of Autonomy and Self-Efficacy

Activities that empower residents to make choices and engage meaningfully promote autonomy and self-efficacy, critical for mental and emotional well-being.

Facilitation of Rehabilitation

For residents in recovery in skilled nursing, activities become integral to rehabilitation, aiding in the restoration of function and independence.

The provision of appropriate and engaging activities in senior living transcends mere occupation; it's a vital component of holistic care. By addressing physical, mental, and emotional dimensions, these activities contribute to better clinical outcomes, reinforcing the commitment to comprehensive well-being for senior living residents.

Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

Holly Mathias

Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.

Wendy Riopelle

Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

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