ARCH: Active Residents in Care Homes programme.

Active Residents in Care Homes Programme (ARCH)

The Active Residents in Care Homes (ARCH) programme is designed to bring greater physical, mental and social activity to elderly people living in care homes. Led by Professors Mike Hurley and Fiona Jones, the ARCH programme was launched in three residential care homes in south London in 2014.

The programme takes a holistic, person-centred approach to removing barriers to activity and creating tailored activity plans for individual residents. The aim is to assess whether greater activity leads to improved health and wellbeing.

As well as addressing residents, the programme works with staff to integrate activity into the day-to-day running of the home. Dedicated therapists work in each home for up to a year to initiate and embed the programme and then hand it over to staff to continue.

The programme is based on another one successfully delivered in day care centres, where it proved popular and led to demonstrable improvements in levels of physical activity and general wellbeing, as well as increasing staff job satisfaction and motivation.