NICE Public Health Guidance - Occupational Therapy and Physical Activity Interventions to Promote the Mental Wellbeing of Older People in Primary Care and Residential Care | Boltons Health Matters
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NICE Public Health Guidance - Occupational Therapy and Physical Activity Interventions to Promote the Mental Wellbeing of Older People in Primary Care and Residential Care

Abstract

This guidance is for all those involved in promoting older people's mental wellbeing. It focuses on practical support for everyday activities, based on occupational therapy principles and methods. This includes working  with older people and their carers to agree what kind of support they need. It replaces the guidance 'mental wellbeing and older people'

NICE recommendations include the following:

  • Offer regular sessions that encourage older people to construct daily routines to help maintain or improve their mental wellbeing. The sessions should also increase their knowledge of a range of issues, from nutrition and how to stay active to personal care.
  • Offer tailored, community-based physical activity programmes. These should include moderate-intensity activities (such as swimming, walking, dancing), strength and resistance training, and toning and stretching exercises.
  • Advise older people and their carers how to exercise safely for 30 minutes a day on 5 or more days a week, using examples of everyday activities such as shopping, housework and gardening. (The 30 minutes can be broken down into 10-minute bursts.)
  • Promote regular participation in local walking schemes as a way of improving mental wellbeing. Help and support older people to participate fully in these schemes, taking into account their health, mobility and personal preferences.
  • Involve occupational therapists in the design of training offered to practitioners.

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Information Type

Map

Geographical Level

National

Population Level

Older People

Source

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence

Keywords

Older People, Wellbeing, Residential Care, Occupational Therapy

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