Signs of well-being

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This activity will help you and your family to:


  • Look out for the signs which indicate how your loved one is feeling, including the ‘visual clues’ which show a sense of well-being
  • In time, understand if your chosen activity is having the desired effect, or if you need to change tack
  • Help younger members of the family to understand that well-being and ‘happiness’ is shown in all kinds of different ways and provide reassurance that what they do and say does make a difference to their loved one


Please note that ‘well-being’ does not mean that your loved one has to be in a state of continual happiness. We all have our ups and downs in life. The difference between ‘well-being’ and ‘ill-being’ (the oppposite effect) is not always clear cut. For example, your loved one may be content to passively watch an activity and not get actively engaged. This highlights the importance of recognising the signs of well-being that are unique and particular to your loved one.

This activity sheet draws upon the work of

  • Tom Kitwood and the psychological needs in order to maintain well-being. To find out more, click here

  • The Bradford Well-Being Profile. To find out more, click here

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