Just Bowl is a fun, easy to play form of bowls that has been developed to take bowls into care homes, rehabilitation centres, leisure facilities, educational establishments. community settings and just about anywhere else.
- 7 September 2020
- Local Alliances:
- Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Just Bowl have been working with care homes for the last 2 years to provide activities for people residing in residential care. During this time, we discovered that several homes did not have specific provision for people with dementia so we are currently designing some research to look at the impact of Just Bowl on people with dementia. In order to do this, we are working with the NHS research team to ensure that our questionnaires are appropriate, that our data collection process is ethical and that a NHS professional, experienced in dementia care, is on hand to preform the collection of research material. We are hopeful that this process will help us to discover how best to tailor Just Bowl for people with dementia to provide them with an enjoyable activity that also stimulates them and gives them a sense of empowerment. We are also hopeful that the research, which is carried out in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, will lead to other research being conducted into the impact of physical activity on people with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main challenge at the moment is Covid-19 as we are unable to gain access to the care homes to deliver training. However, we also face other challenges such as finding the correct staff in the homes that we know will deliver Just Bowl to the residents with dementia to the high standards that we expect. With regards to the research element of our work, in the past we have experienced issues with the staff completing questionnaires for residents but not taking the time to gain an insight into that person’s experience of Just Bowl. This has somewhat biased our findings and resulted in us working with the NHS research team to ensure that we collect accurate information. Timescales are also an issue as we are only funding by Sport England for three years, but coronavirus has reduced our research time considerably. Finally, capacity is also a challenge as there are only 2 employees working nationally on the project.
We have enlisted the help of the NHS research team and Sheffield Hallam University to design a suitable research question and appropriate questionnaires.
Following on from our initial research in care homes looking at what impact Just Bowl had on physical activity levels and mental wellbeing of Just Bowl on the participants, we have been tasked by Sport England to carry out research into the impact of Just Bowl on residents in care homes with dementia. To do this we are looking at developing a specialist set of research questions by enlisting the help of the NHS research team and Sheffield Hallam University.
We have enlisted the help of the NHS research team to collect our data and we have targeted North Devon as our research area.
Our aim is to conduct research in North Devon Dementia -specific care homes into the impact of Just Bowl. We will do this by working in partnership with the North Devon NHS Research Team and Sheffield Hallam University. Our proposed outcomes are to be able to provide a more enjoyable experience of Just Bowl for people with dementia that enables them to take part in a safe environment that they find stimulating and fun.
Upskilling staff members to be able to provide activities for people with dementia.
It is also the aim of the Just Bowl team to continue to gain insight into dementia so that we can adapt our activities to be as inclusive as possible for all participants and upskill our staff at the same time. This will be done by working closely with NHS dementia specialists. Additionally, our staff will attend dementia awareness training such as online webinars and reading dementia specific documents and guidance sheets. Our team have already taken part in a Dementia Friends awareness session and attended the launch of the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide.