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January 2019

Falls at Victoria Nursing reduced significantly… with regular Oomph! exercise sessions

By | Care Home

Falls have reduced significantly at Victoria Nursing Group’s Chartwell, within 6 months of beginning Oomph! exercise sessions in the home.

Between August 2017 and January 2018, the home recorded 17 falls, which has subsequently reduced to 4 in the period between February 2018 and July 2018. There is the same resident group in home, so the number has not been driven by a change in resident dependency.

The home attributes some of the reduction in falls to Oomph! exercise sessions, which incorporate fun and gameplay into seated physical activity classes. The home runs 2 sessions per week, with 6 or 7 residents participating each time – equating to 10 individuals getting active per week.

Falls at the home are measured through use of falls protocol. When a fall occurs, a form is completed, which then goes on to the system for Manager to investigate. Victoria Nursing Group’s Care Quality Director, Emma, will then assess all of the homes each month to determine number of falls and suggest a variety actions to reduce the amount of falls within the home.

“Falls have definitely been reduced – regular physical activity has led to people being more mobile and stronger. There is also increased staff confidence when supporting people thanks to the Oomph! training.” said Emma, the Care Quality Director.

The impact of the exercise sessions is clear to see in the home. One resident used to be unsteady on his feet, experiencing multiple falls, but since Oomph! started these falls have reduced and the resident has been able to walk into the garden with an improved level of confidence.

Ben, CEO and Founder of Oomph!, said, “I’m delighted to see the impact that regular exercise sessions have been having in the home. It’s fantastic that residents are becoming more confident and mobile, and as a result are experiencing a higher quality of life. A huge well done to the team at Chartwell!”

Wigan gets some Oomph! with new partnership

By | Community

Wigan Council has partnered with us to train staff and residents as part of a Sport England subsidised programme, which aims to get the over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years.

Training has kicked off, with the pioneering partnership enabling 20 sheltered schemes across Wigan to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions for residents and staff whilst also engaging the wider community.

The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, bringing elements of lesser-known sports including volleyball, weightlifting and boccia. All are adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!

One Oomph! course attendee said: “I fully enjoyed the course from start to finish!”

Cllr Cunliffe from Wigan Council said, “It’s easy to think when you hit a certain age that your only interaction with sport is as a spectator but age should never be a barrier to getting involved. We have a rich heritage of being a sporting borough and it is great that we can offer everyone the chance to be active and try something different. Not only does it help to keep people healthier but it is also a great way to break down the potential problems of social isolation by harnessing people’s passion for sport.

“We’re delighted to be working with Oomph! on this new project and we look forward to encouraging people to get involved in activities no matter how old they are.”

Ben Allen, Oomph!’s CEO, said: “Oomph! are delighted to be working with the Wigan Council team. It is a privilege to be a key partner and support their wellbeing initiatives. We are excited to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the coming months!”

Sculpting new skills… Care home staff use their artistic license

By | Care Home

Staff from Orchard Care Homes have been sculpting out new skills at our workshop that focused on painting, sketching and modelling with clay, ready to take their newfound talents back to their respective homes for the benefit of residents.

The workshop, held at Lofthouse Grange and Lodge in Wakefield, brought together staff from five homes, teaching them the fundamentals of different skills and how they can practically apply these.

This means that residents will soon be involved in the Oomph! Create sessions, which aim to reignite past passions and encourage development of new hobbies.

“One of our residents at Lofthouse used to be an art teacher, I am sure she will not only get involved with Oomph! Create – she may also help run the class!” said Activities Coordinator, Kirsty, from Lofthouse Grange and Lodge.

There are also plenty of physical and mental benefits of the sessions…

“The painting and sculpturing is a great and unexpected form of relaxation and dexterity.” said Dani, an Activities Coordinator from Nesfield, whilst Kirsty from Lofthouse also explained that “Gladys will absolutely love the clay sculpturing due to the sensory aspect of the activity, she hasn’t got great eyesight but will love the feel of the clay!”

It’s not only an opportunity for residents to try something new, but also gives staff the chance to try their hand at different skills too. Tracey, an Activities Coordinator at Castleford Lodge commented, “We don’t normally do collages as such but it is something we will definitely try after the workshop!”

Jennie Wright, Lofthouse Lodge interim Care Home Manager, said “It was an absolute pleasure to host the Oomph! Create workshop here at Lofthouse Lodge and Grange. I am a real advocate of these fun and interactive workshops as they bring a wider variety of activities to our planners – but to host one and see Laurna in action was great. The day was a huge success and Lofthouse will be more than happy to accommodate anything else planned in the future.”

The workshop is one in a series of Oomph! workshops that Orchard Care Homes staff will be attending, with previous workshops focusing on adapting sports, music and relaxation techniques for the care setting.

Matt Hamblin, Senior Business Manager at Oomph!, said, “It was fantastic to see staff from all the Orchard Care Homes in the area join this Oomph! Create workshop. To see the staff building relationships with one another, sharing best practise and engaging in a brand new skill to take back to their homes was a privilege.”

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