Leisure is a health need
Jessie Allen Staff nurse, Kingswood Drive, Birmingham
Taking part in leisure activities not only enriches the lives of people with learning disabilities, it can also help prevent them from developing potentially life-threatening illnesses. Jessie Allen emphasises why care providers must take their role in offering service users a meaningful choice of activities more seriously
If asked to think about the benefits of leisure, many people would link it to learning a skill, being creative and having the opportunity to meet new people. However, a closer look would make them realise that perhaps the greatest benefit of taking part in leisure activities is the boost in self-confidence and improvement in the quality of life that they can give.
Learning Disability Practice. 6, 9,14-16. doi: 10.7748/ldp2003.11.6.9.14.c1544