This October, many Oomphers! kicked off their Halloween festivities in style. We've seen witches, ghouls and some wonderfully crafted pumpkins. At Manor House, Embrace, the Halloween spirit didn't end there. A spooktacular Oomph! session saw the Mayor of Bicestor, Jonta Lis, and the CEO of Embrace, Trish Lee, put down their pens and paper and pick up some Oomph! pom poms.
Manor House also held a 'Guess the Weight' of the giant pumpkin competition, using a pumpkin so large that it weighed a whopping 21 stone! Following on from the wonderful competition, Oomphers! made their way to the newly refurbished garden lodge where representatives of Manor House's local Co-op joined residents in a spooky themed Oomph! session. During the Oomph! session, participants were 'waving their broomsticks', 'lifting up their witches hats' and overall having a wonderful time.
We can't wait to see what other tricks you have up your sleeves, keep up the fantastic work!
With Christmas fast approaching, we're all very excited to be swapping our witches hats for Santa hats, and broomsticks for mince pies. Do you have any Oomph! plans this Christmas? Why not send in your Oomphtastic! pictures and stories into Oomph! towers and you might be featured right here on our news page!
The Activity Co-Ordinators at Woodside Care Home in Rugby have created an exciting and innovative project to provide a talking point for residents at the home who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive memory disorders.
In a bid to create a new channel of communication between residents and carers, the team at Woodside submitted the idea for their Dolls House Project to The Oomph! Foundation, a new fund created with the aim of inspiring unique activities which impact wellbeing.
The Woodside Dolls House Project took a classic wooden dolls house and restored it to aid reminiscence of early memories – something that some residents at the home with progressive memory disorders are more comfortable with.
Using the £100 funding provided by The Oomph! Foundation, Woodside Activity Co-ordinator Carol worked with residents at the home to paint and decorate the house, bringing a new lease of life to a well-loved exterior, which is now a sophisticated shade of cream and features smart brown shutters. They also decorated the interior of the house, using 1940’s and 50’s style furniture, although there are already plans to introduce fixtures and fittings from other periods into the house to encourage reminiscence about different times in residents’ lives.
Val Hase, a resident at Woodside who had a similar doll’s house when she was a child, was involved in carefully selecting the furniture, including particular items such as a tin bath and potty under the bed which has brought back many memories.
Val commented: “It’s beautiful – it looks select!” as well as suggesting that “she would buy it if it was for sale”.
Carol, the home’s Activity Co-ordinator said: “Val was very excited to be involved in the project – Val and Rose want to christen the house ‘Dun Roaming’ and will give it door number 51 as there are already 50 rooms at Woodside!”
The Woodside Dolls House Project has provided a fantastic focal point for the home, and the finished house will be displayed in the reception area for all to see and enjoy.
The 1950s, Wimbledon finals, St Patricks Day and the Grand National. These have been just a few of the exciting themed events and exercise sessions organised by Activity Co-ordinator Claire Harne from Avery Healthcare’s Alder House care home in Nottingham, who has been named Oomph!'s Instructor of the Year 2015.
The award was judged by an eminent panel including Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector at the Care Quality Commission, Mike Parsons the founder of Barchester Healthcare, James Tweddle, Director at Sky and Ben Allen, founder and CEO of Oomph!.
Claire was praised for her incredible creativity, integrating themes across the whole gamut of activities she delivers, and the energy she brings to everything she does. Summing up the judges feedback James Tweddle said “It was great to see how much the sessions have grown, how much impact it is having on both the residents’ physical and mental wellbeing and how clever she is being with so many different themes - catering for the range of residents' needs and interests”
Claire wins £100 to spend on a party for the home to celebrate her and her residents’ success, a voucher for herself and a Sky TV package for one year for Alder House to serve as inspiration for movie and sport themed activities.
Claire has been an Activity Co-ordinator since 2001 and at Alder House since it was opened in late 2014 by Avery. Since then, she has been passionate about improving residents’ quality of life, introducing a wide variety of themed events and exercise sessions to the home – using fancy dress and themed décor to bring ideas to life - instilling energy not only into the lives of the older adults she works with, but also into the other staff in the home who routinely join in. In February, for Chinese New Year, Claire held a special themed session and even learned Tai Chi to include in her exercise sessions, as well as creating an activity so that residents could make Chinese hand drums to use as props in the classes.
Claire said about the Oomph! exercise sessions: “Now the residents will lead a session and make up their own moves. They will get up and dance. They will encourage each other to take part. They will help each other with the moves. Relatives have lost their inhibitions and join in.”
Jill, the daughter of a resident at Alder House was full of praise for Claire’s approach: "I think my mother’s had so much benefit from Oomph!. She comes alive as soon as that music starts – she’s singing, she’s taking part, she’s actually enjoying the activities that they do. She’s not just sitting in a chair, doing nothing. She thoroughly, thoroughly enjoys it."
Julie Drew, Head of Well-being & Activities at Avery Healthcare commented: "We are delighted that Claire’s excellent work has been independently recognised by a key activities partner, and in front of such a panel of judges. We have been impressed by the success of the Oomph! in a pilot phase of seven of our homes, and we are looking to roll this out across more of our portfolio. There is clear synergy between Avery and Oomph!, as we work to increase physical activity within care as part of our overall Well-being programme. The Oomph! training develops skills and confidence within our staff, and the positive outcomes for our residents are clear to see."
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