Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership recently scooped a silver award at the Perth & Kinross Council DESIGNing the Futures awards.
This was in recognition of an innovative resource which has been co-created and co-produced by residents and staff from Parkdale Care Home in Perthshire, alongside Paths for All, Live Active Leisure and Perth & Kinross HSCP.
The resource includes a dementia-friendly designed information booklet highlighting various ways to walk more and why it is so beneficial for social, mental and physical health.
All care homes across Perth & Kinross have been provided with the ‘Care about Walking’ resource, which was launched nationally and is available on the Paths for All website.
Frances, one of the residents involved in creating the resource, said “Since the start of this initiative my health has improved with the walking and exercise that I have been doing, I have lost weight and I have been able to come off my diabetic medication which I am pleased about.”
Falls service manager Carolyn Wilson said, “The mental and social health benefits of increased physical activity are irrefutable. Through encouraging and enabling residents to take responsibility for their own day-to-day activities and increasing the amount of walking they do, we are promoting sustainable physical activity habits for residents to stay active for as long as they can.
“Involving residents and staff from the outset in the development, design, and content of this resource has been critical to its success. We are confident that we have developed a resource which can be shared and spread to all care homes across Scotland.”