We tend to use Activity Providers as a generic description for anyone who might engage with an older person. This might be the postman who chats for five minutes every morning in Reception or the Housekeeper who helps a resident to trim and tidy the flowers in a vase. Commonly it is seen to refer to someone who holds a specialist role as the Activity Coordinator but we now have a myriad of other titles as owners and managers try to define the role to suit their care setting. Lifestyle Leaders, Experience Coordinator, Leisure and Well- being are a few that come to mind.
I guess what we really need is for an acceptance across the board that Activity is all about how a person spends their day or better still how they would like to spend their day. Every individual will want something different tailored to their needs around health, mobility, frailty etc. We then need to consider their choices around socialising, leisure interests etc. In addition for those with cognitive challenges we need to observe, experiment, talk to families and be reactive to mood and feelings on the day. All this takes a skilled specialist to support the care team whatever their title.
Maybe the day will come when we stop labelling Activity as something separate as it will be so integrated into everyday care that we won’t even need to identify it. We look forward to when that day comes and everyone at NAPA will be happy to find a new name.