In our experience we have found pre-planned social activities very rarely tend to happen, this is due to many factors such as residents not willing to take part or staff too busy. For some, it sounds a little too regimented.

For this reason we employ an Lifestyle & Wellbeing Coordinator who focuses her time to spend with residents. Daily social activities should be planned daily, spontaneous and at times on the spur of the moment. As carers, we need to create a relaxing mood that makes then fun and enjoyable for both our residents and staff. We adopt new ways of organising social activities in the home. In doing so, we now focus more on what is suited to accommodate the individual person. The whole concept of structured activity programmes for a large group of people is unlikely to satisfy everyone. The large orangery is always the hub of the house, a salon of residents’ conversations, the music from a radio always in the background

Our new day room incorporates a bistro bar, where families can help themselves to refreshments, including coffee and tea. Painting and flower arranging has proved very popular amongst our residents' and most participate on the chosen day. Our sample Activities Planner is situated in the reception area of the home. Social activities for older people do not have to be complicated, just simple and enjoyable.