The CAPA pilot programme started in August in 139 care homes, day care centres, care at home and sheltered housing settings across eight partnership areas in Scotland. Its aim is to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of care professionals to enable those they care for to increase their levels of physical activity and move more often.
Louise Kelly is one of the two CAPA Improvement Programme Managers overseeing the initiative. She said: “We know, for example, that people in care homes can spend 80-90 per cent of their time seated or lying. We are supporting care professionals to introduce small changes to help people to move more often. This will help to increase people’s strength and balance, reduce the risk of slips and falls, and contribute to a better quality of life.
“For example, being able to walk to the local shop to collect the morning papers every day not only gives people valuable exercise but also helps them socialise with their community. Doing something meaningful helps people contribute and feel valued – all the things that make for a good life.”
The CAPA programme is based on improvement science theory and the CAPA Improvement Advisers in the regions will be measuring improvements in people’s physical characteristics, such as strength and balance, as the initiative progresses.
All the care services involved have attended workshops where they were introduced to the programme and the improvement methodology.
Louise said: “At these workshops, we helped staff focus on what they were already doing well to help build their confidence about their abilities and we discussed further ways of helping to support people to move more which they took back with them to try out.
“They are the ones that are coming up with the ideas and the CAPA Improvement Advisers provide the support and encouragement.”
CAPA will run until September 2018 when a conference will be held to highlight the results of the programme and showcase best practice.