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Care home residents go for gold in activity challenge

03 Aug 2011 12:24:38

Residents from seven care homes in Rotherham have proved it’s never too late to start exercising by taking part in the ‘Care Homes Activity Challenge’ special event.

The event was jointly organised by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Care Homes Service and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, to raise awareness of the value and importance of activities for elderly people living in care homes. The event also enabled the Care Homes Service to introduce different activities that can involve a wide range of residents, including those with dementia and communication problems. 

Six residents from each home took part in eight different activities, which included curling, floor basketball, boccia (similar to bowls), skittles, a picture quiz, mini-golf and table-top activities. These events were facilitated by staff from the Care Homes Service and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.  

An awards ceremony took place at the end of the day, with medals and certificates distributed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each activity. All participants received a certificate and an engraved trophy and signed Rotherham United football shirt was presented to overall winners Ackroyd Care Home.  

The Care Homes Service provides a wide range of advice, training and practical support to staff and residents in care homes across Rotherham, with a particular focus on residents with multiple healthcare needs. This support can include the identification of physical and mental health needs, assessment of the care home environment and equipment/adaptations required, falls prevention and staff training.  

A key aim of the service is to help residents maintain and improve their independence and function in all activities of daily living and the Care Homes Service provide occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing support and speech and language therapy.      

Laura Turner, Physiotherapist for the Care Homes Service, said: “Evidence has shown that moderate exercise and activity for older people improves their physical and mental health as well as their overall well-being and this has proved to be especially true for residents in care homes. It is really important to promote physical activity for people in care homes who may be less able to access community activities and exercise groups.”  

“This event is a culmination of several activity events we’ve held in individual care homes in Rotherham over the past two years, which have all been a great success. We hope that through these events we can introduce additional activities into the care home and highlight the importance of physical activity and exercise in older people, whilst making it fun at the same time.” 



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