This month, we were delighted to release our Q2 Impact Report for 2015, with some great statistics, details of a new study and positive stories. You can read the full report here.
Oomph! also welcomes the release of the World Alzheimer's Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia. This extremely important and timely report highlights amongst other key points:
Read the full report here.
And finally, we've had a fantastic case study from Albermale Care Home (hica), with 72 year old resident Margaret transforming from "withdrawn" when she first moved to the home, to gaining extra strength and confidence from Oomph! sessions. This means she has taken up one of her favourite activities, knitting, once again! Margaret and her husband, Brian, are now avid gardeners at the home, and Margaret has even begun painting. Margaret said, "it's opened up a new world to us".
Oomph! are delighted to release our Impact Report for the second quarter of 2015.
We're excited to see some great statistics this quarter:
Read the full report here. With some fantastic positive impact stories this quarter, we are astounded by the overwhelming enthusiasm and passion of our instructors and training team, as well as the vital support of managers and wider care home staff.
Within this quarter's report is a pilot study, measuring grip strength in 12 participants pre-Oomph! and 4 months post-Oomph!. We found that residents taking part in more than weekly classes saw a 14% increase in grip strength, whilst those taking part in less than weekly classes saw a decrease of 6%. The test is an indicator of general muscle strength and propensity to fall, so better grip strength means more independence and better health of residents. The importance of this is highlighted by one manager, who says Oomph! has "brought potential out of residents that I didn't think was possible".
We've also had glowing feedback from residents, with 75 year old David regaining his mobility thanks to Oomph!. He says "I get a lot of joy from the classes and feel stronger and healthier". The Instructor at the care home added that "Oomph! has been a new lease of life for him".
Finally, one manager sums up the positive impact of Oomph! - "it lifts the whole atmosphere of the home staff and residents absolutely love it".
This month, Oomph! and Sky have announced a new partnership that offers customers of both brands fantastic new opportunities and value to engage, inspire and stimulate residents. Every care home that purchases a Sky Lounge Package receives a £500 voucher off Oomph! services, whilst Oomph! customers will get special offers and discounted rates on Sky packages.
James Tweddle, Sales Director at Sky Business, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Oomph! to deliver some really exciting services for the care sector. Innovative activity programmes, combined with the latest technology allowing residents and carers to pause, rewind and record live TV, plus the world of possibility provided by Wi-Fi connectivity, can combine to transform residents’ engagement experiences, and their health and quality of life.”
Oomph! were also delighted to attend the Alzheimer's Society Conference 2015, where a key theme was showcasing what works in care and support for those with dementia, as well as their carers.
The latest Alzheimer's Society paper "Dementia 2015: Aiming higher to transform lives" highlights there's still a lot of work to be done in improving the quality of life of people with dementia:
Although this shows that quality of care is an area for improvement, there's hope. New research on the value of exercise shows that regular physical activity can help to protect the brain from cognitive impairment, whilst also allowing those with Alzheimer's disease to better manage the behaviours linked to the condition. (Image courtesy of Alzheimer's Society)
And finally, Oomph! is delighted to be featured in this month's Care Home Management magazine - a great case study from brighterkind on page 28, read it here
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