Fun-guarding: How you can get involved

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British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
01 October 2019
Last updated: 
01 October 2019

Share your examples of fun-guarding

Have you been involved in a fun activity with residents or patients which went beyond what would be considered ordinary care? Have you or the older people you work with undertaken an activity which was unnecessary for any reason other than because it was enjoyable? We'd love to hear your examples and experiences of prioritising fun in a care environment and some of the results you have seen in your patients. Please leave a comment below or a [dot] brewerton [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Fun-guarding) (email us) with your experiences!

Become a fun-guardian

If you're already making fun a priority in your practice, why not encourage others and become a 'fun-guardian' in your community, care home or hospital and encourage others to be more brave in the pursuit of fun?

We are in the process of developing a simple (and fun!) framework to adapt for your own use, but in the meantime why not use some of the examples illustrated in this series to create some fun in your own care setting?

Thank you

The fun-guarding initiative has been developed with special thanks to our original 'fun-guardians':

  • George Coxon - Care home owner and Devon Care Kite Mark lead
  • David Attwood - GP lead for frailty, Pathfield Medical Group, Plympton
  • Caroline Benham – Bright Copper Kettles
  • Jenni Mack - Craigielea Care Home, Renfrewshire
  • Trisha Elliott - consultant in elderly medicine, Edinburgh
  • Susan Shenkin - Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh; Honorary Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, NHS Lothian

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