Approach to wellness and activity
Anchor care homes have a real community feel where people interact with fellow residents, families and friends, and are supported to continue doing all the things they enjoy.
We understand that the activities people carry out in their free time are often the things that they most look forward to and enjoy. Our hobbies and interests are individual to us, they shape the person we are and help to paint a picture of the way we like to live our lives.
Opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle
We focus on providing the older people that choose to live with us with an active lifestyle from the outset. Our care home teams get to know residents and work with them to organise wellness activity and events which match individual and group interests, both in the care home as well as in the local community.
We actively support the continuity of resident’s hobbies and work in partnership with the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) to ensure we offer a holistic range of wellness activity and engagement that enhances residents’ lifestyle, health and sense of wellbeing.
Many of our homes have dedicated rooms or areas where residents can enjoy arts and crafts, reading or music and sensory gardens. Painting classes, fitness sessions, gardening and movie nights are just a few examples of what residents may enjoy in an Anchor care home.
We actively encourage resident’s friends and family to visit regularly and to take part in the different events and activity being enjoyed by their loved ones.
Zest physical activity sessions
Regular physical activity is important for both our physical health and mental wellbeing. Keeping active for even just a couple of hours a week can make a big difference to healthy ageing, it can increase mobility, reduce falls, enhance sleep and improve our overall mood and happiness.
Across our care homes we offer an energised, exciting and fun physical activity programme called Zest. Designed to be suitable for all needs and abilities, Zest sessions feature a mix of active routines, dance moves, mobility work, and gentle moving and stretching.
Recordings of Zest sessions are also available to our residents via the Zest Wellbeing YouTube channel making them accessible at any time.
Being part of the local community
We recognise that being a part in your local community is, for many people, a vital part of a fulfilled life. Our care homes are very much part of their local communities and activities that help our residents maintain important bonds and relationships with other people and groups in the area are actively encouraged.
We understand that people enjoy getting out and about at all ages and our homes organise outings to local leisure facilities, places of interest and social activities. We also continually work to create strong relationships with local groups and offer volunteering opportunities to help bring people together and enable our residents to maintain their connections in the wider community.
If you or your organisation are interested in volunteering with Anchor, please visit our Volunteers section to find out more.