Background Evidence suggests that there are five key factors which can promote positive mental health and wellbeing; connecting, being active, taking notice, keep learning and giving (NHS England. 5 Steps to mental wellbeing (2022) [Internet]). Patients on the inpatient unit (IPU) are at risk of deconditioning (Bynon, Wilding, Eyres. Aus Occupational Ther J. 2007; 54(3): 225–227), affecting their engagement in meaningful activities. We explored and evaluated engaging patients in meaningful occupations to provide a positive sense of wellbeing whilst an inpatient.
Aims To promote quality of life by engaging patients on the IPU in meaningful activities that provide a sense of purpose, pleasure and togetherness, whilst monitoring the impact of the individual’s mental wellbeing. The activities chosen are specific to the 5 pillars of wellbeing, ensuring that they are enjoyable and mentally and physically stimulating.
Method (Dec. 2021 – Dec. 2022): Diarised two interventions a week, facilitated by two out of seven specifically trained volunteers. Feedback collated after each session from the participants via feedback form.
Results 95% of participants felt an improved sense of wellbeing after engaging with the project, influenced by spending time out of their room and with others and trying something new. Patients experienced a sense of achievement, relaxation and positivity following the sessions.
Conclusion We believe that engaging in meaningful activity during the wellbeing project contributes to a positive sense of wellbeing to patients and their families, providing social interaction, an outlet for creativity and a change of environment.
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