Care homes up and down the country have been getting some Oomph! to celebrate National Care Home Open Day today.
Oomph! sessions are being put on in hundreds of homes today with residents, staff, friends, family and local dignitories all joining in - putting a smile on the face and a spring in the step of everyone in the home.
In St Cecilia's in Scarborough, Oomph! founder, Ben Allen returned to where he first launched Oomph! with an extra special celebratory session.
Joining Ben on his return to Scarborough were Andrea Sutcliffe, the Chief Inspector of adult services at the Care Quality Commission and Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group. Andrea, who took part in the class, told us “Living life to the full shouldn't stop at the care home door and a great way to promote the well-being of residents is through exercise and fun. It's all part of the person-centred approach that my inspectors are looking for. Congratulations to Oomph! for the enthusiasm and energy they have brought with their creative approach.”
Speaking on Care Home Open Day, Ben Allen said: 'St Cecilia's was one of the very first care homes to ever put on an Oomph! class. Today many hundreds of homes - from the Isle of Wight to the Shetland Isles - run our classes but the basic mantra of the company still stands: Our Organisation Makes People Happy! I'm humbled on a daily basis by the amazing achievements of the skilled instructors we train and support. Our instructors don’t just exercise the body: they help to build confidence, strengthen relationships and help residents rediscover a purpose. They create a positive, fun and party atmosphere that staff and residents really engage with - on Care Home Open Day, and every day! It's fantastic to see how they are transforming the culture of care homes every day up and down the country.”
Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities. Find out more about the day here>
In May we welcomed Greensleeves, Avante and Alzheimer's Society to the Oomph! Family as well as welcoming back staff from Ideal Care Homes and Embrace - who are renewing and expanding the trained staff in their estate, such has been the success of their work to date.
We attended the National Care Forum Conference in the last week of May, where it was great to catch up with so many of our partner groups - including WCS Care, HICA, CLS and Somerset Care. We were invited to put on an Oomph! Energiser and even got the CQC up on their feet dancing!
Finally, it was fantastic to hear about how one of our major partners, WCS Care, were celebrating Dementia Awareness Week by putting on an Oomph! class for visitors to Tesco's in Warwick Woodside. Congratulations on a brilliant awareness-raising initiative!
We are delighted to share our latest Quarterly Impact Report, highlighting an astonishing 63% increase in the number of classes, quarter on quarter. Well done to all our hard-working instructors (and residents!)
The Report also contains a case study of Doris, aged 96. Doris is back up on her feet thanks to Oomph! Doris says: “Before Oomph! I relied on my wheelchair and had a lot of falls and fractures. I’d lost my confidence and spent a lot of time in bed. I haven’t fallen for a while and my confidence has increased. I can now push up on my chair to standing and walk with my frame to transfer from chair to chair or chair to wheelchair. In classes we have a lot of fun and I like to see all the ladies sitting with me and giving me company.”
We also hear from one Care Home Manager who says: "Instructors can't keep up with residents as they are asking for it so much. I feel like it should have been in the home much earlier. It's now a part of life, I love it, this is now all anyone is talking about. We were lacking something like this but couldn't put our finger on it!"
You can read the full impact report here
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