PHYSICAL activity should be part of every elderly resident's daily life in care homes, according to the national care watchdog.

The Care Inspectorate is calling for 1000 homes to join a campaign to support physical activity for older residents. It has also launched a multi-media resource pack preaching the value of care home residents keeping active whether by exercising, gardening, going for a walk or simply making a cup of tea.

Annette Bruton, the inspectorate's chief executive said: "Keeping active can often mean taking part in simple activities like making their bed, helping to prepare a meal or going for a short walk. When people are supported to take part in activities, we know it can make a huge difference to their quality of life."

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The initiative is backed by Loughborough University's National Centre for Physical Activity and Health.