What we mean about meaningful and enjoyable activities is doing things that may be everyday tasks and making them meaningful such as preparing a meal.
So often a person who may require support will not be involved in the preparation of their meals or other day to day tasks. Maybe all of their life they have been the main provider of food and meals within a family but feel unable to now. By including a person in the preparation of meals or other tasks they may have once enjoyed, they feel useful, valuable and stimulated.
Meaningful, stimulating and enjoyable activities could also be some form of craft or hobby specific to the person or it may be something new that they have never tried.
The main aim is to nurture the human nature in a person to have connections with others, feel valued, stay active and stimulated.
Meaningful interactions with another person, even for a few hours a week, can significantly reduce loneliness.
Activities can simply fall into four categories:
Through meaningful and enjoyable activities (passive or active) we can learn a lot about a person and how to create a calm and comfortable environment for them. This guides us on how to maintain wellbeing in the long term.
The benefits of Meaningful and Enjoyable Activities are:
Meaningful activities will follow a set plan and progression based on the individual, their needs, wants and influencing circumstances.