There are over 400,000 older people living in residential care in the UK.

 

Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people in care through meaningful activities. 

 

Why we exist

An ageing population is meeting dramatic changes within the social care sector, and the results are catastrophic. It has become all too familiar to see older people lined up in the living room of a care home, depressed, silent and staring at the television.  

Care settings are closing rapidly, for minimum wage Care Staff work a job that requires a vast skillset, and vulnerable older people are paying the price. As the future for adult social care hangs in the balance Care Staff are stretched to breaking point “The job that we’re expecting nursing homes to do is ever more complex and ever more difficult,” says Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector for regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Care homes must demonstrate their ability to provide meaningful activity and Alive! exist to address this need, through our activity sessions and care staff training. 

 

What we do

Alive! is one of the leading practitioners in the UK of meaningful activity for older people in care.  We provide fun and dynamic activity sessions to encourage creativity, celebrate life stories and get the circulation going.

We are different to other activity providers because we enable older people to shape the content and direction of Alive! sessions, which include the use of new technology, guided reminiscence, creative, energising and physical activities. We entertain but we are more than entertainers. We engage older people in meaningful ways using a variety of tools and techniques tried and tested over the last 10 years.

Alive! activity sessions are proven to impact positively on older people in the expression of personal identity, enabling of personal choice, interaction with others and general well-being. Their training and mentoring is found to have contributed to positive changes in the culture of care and practice within the care settings. From a recent external evaluation of Alive!'s work by arts evaluation experts Willis Newson in collaboration with the University of the West of England.

 

Our vision

A world where older people live lives full of joy, meaning and opportunity.

Our mission

To put older people’s mental health and wellbeing at the heart of care across the UK.

 

 

Alive! works in four ways;

  • We provide a wide range of high quality, person-centred, activity sessions in care homes and day centres, which strengthen older people’s personal identities by connecting with their individual life stories.
  • We use our specialist knowledge and experience to train care home providers and their staff, which builds their capacity and confidence to develop more meaningful activities and relationships with residents as part of their everyday work.
  • We help develop sustainable relationships between care homes and their local communities, in order to reduce social isolation amongst care home residents.
  • We advocate for improved quality of life for older people in care homes, working with partners in the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors to raise awareness and change attitudes.

 

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