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Heart-warming Stories That Are Spreading Positivity During Lockdown

By April 29, 2020No Comments

Although many older adults across the country are being affected enormously by the current Covid-19 situation, there are positive stories of love, light and laughter being shared online during the outbreak. 

We’ve seen plenty of articles, videos and photos of happy moments happening across the UK, so we thought we’d share some of our favourites from the care homes we work with and beyond…

Keeping active

It’s more important than ever to keep fit and active from home. Just take inspiration from some of the care homes we work with who wont let anything stop them from Oomphing…

In the current climate, adapting Oomph! exercise sessions to follow social distancing rules means that residents can still feel that party atmosphere from their rooms. The team at Whitefriars Care Home, Orders of St John Care Trust, adapt Oomph! exercise sessions during isolation period, and Four Ways, WCS Care, keep up their Oomph! sessions from a safe distance.

Other homes have been using their Oomph! Sport training to mix up fitness sessions – The Grove, Country Court Care, keep fit with an Oomph! Sport Volleyball game and Hopton Cottage make use of their Oomph! Sport learning to adapt games for 1:1s. 

Meanwhile, Lostock Lodge, Country Court Care, have been Pedalling for Paramedics, as well as keeping up their Oomph! exercise sessions!

Staying positive

As well as keeping active, other homes we work with have been turning to singing, dancing and other activities to engage the mind, body and soul…

Sing-alongs have proved a great way to raise spirits and keep a sense of community – Abbey Dale Court, Abbey Healthcare, turned their reception into a dancefloor for staff and residents and Cooperscroft, TLC, had a sing-along to lift spirits, whilst staff and residents at Parkfield, Canford, told us not to worry and be happy, with a Bob Marley sing-along.

Meanwhile, The Orchard, Caring Homes, have made pompoms of hope and happiness for their fence and Longfield Manor, Sussex Healthcare, get creative with a life-size version of hungry hippos!

In the news…

And it’s not just the homes we work with that have been boosting morale – from inspirational fundraisers, to community spirit, and good, old-fashioned fun and games, here’s what other people across the UK are up to…

100-year old war veteran, Captain Tom, has gained international recognition after raising millions of pounds for the NHS with laps around his garden. Children have lit up a Barchester Care Home with special messages, and a game of Care Home Kerplunk boosted morale at one care home in Yeovil.

The Care Workers Charity is working hard to raise much-needed funds to supply grants for careworkers in need – they have already raised over £800,000 towards their target from over 2000 supporters (but still need your help to award grants to those who need them!). Find out more and donate here. 

A Message of Thanks website has been introduced to say thank you to all the Carers, Nurses, Social Workers and Care Managers working throughout the UK to keep our loved ones safe.

Plus, some great news came from Sport England, with the release of their Active Lives report which found that older adult physical activity levels were at a record high pre-pandemic.
And finally, care home residents across the UK tell the world to keep on smiling!

For information on how we can help to keep residents engaged during the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact us at hello@oomph-wellness.org