In 2016, the Care Inspectorate was commissioned by the Scottish Government to lead the Care…about physical activity (CAPA) improvement programme. We worked with 140 care services across eight local authority partnership areas to help care providers build physical activity and more movement into the daily lives of those they support. This has helped reduce falls, increase strength and created independence for many older people in Scotland.

We received additional funding from the Scottish Government in September 2018 to expand the programme to neighbouring partnership areas.

This means we can continue to work with more care services to ensure older people in care get the support they need to move more in ways that matter to them to improve their quality of life.
The project will run until May 2020.

For more information and good practice stories visit

Contact: Louise Kelly, CAPA Programme Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Independent research commissioned by the Care Inspectorate investigated psychological and physiological impacts of moving more often. The evaluation found that older people involved in the programme have significantly improved their hand grip strength, their low leg strength, gradually increased their flexibility which improved mobility and levels of independence and significantly reduced their likelihood of falls as a result of moving more. People were also less anxious and experienced greater life satisfaction.

Read the full report here.

Care...about physical activity resource

This resource, originally developed for care homes, offers support for every older person experiencing care. It also works well in care at home, sheltered housing, day care centres and resource or respite centres. It offers ways to support people to get involved and move more often in different ways and not just through formal exercise sessions. This will help national and local organisations to promote more movement for people in ways that are meaningful to them and to help the service take a continuous improvement approach. It is designed to stimulate simple solutions and practical approaches to enable all older people experiencing care to choose to move more often every day.
The information contained in the links below will support you to make improvements to your service, acknowledge what works well and celebrate success.

Physical activity tools

Self Assessment Tools