Two organisations have partnered up with award-winning social enterprise Oomph! to provide care services with a huge variety of exercise resources.
This aims to keep service users fit and healthy, with everything from chair-based salsa video workouts to strength and balance exercise plans.
The two organisations, Leap and team BEDS&LUTON, worked in partnership on a joint application to Sport England, to receive vital funding to support care services with access to the Oomph! On Demand digital platform.
17 care services in Bedfordshire, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are now using the digital platform, which is full of exercise and activity resources. The resources are designed specifically for care homes, sheltered housing, retirement living, day centres and other care providers.
The platform features a wide variety of exercise content, from adapted chair-based dance sessions to exercise plans and mindfulness videos, and activity content including interactive quizzes, printable activity books and a weekly newspaper.
The partnership is the first of its kind and will robustly track and measure the impact of the support on Bedfordshire, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes participants using regular forms.
Clare Fitzboydon, Director of team BEDS&LUTON commented:
“We have been delighted to be able to support the Oomph! on Demand pilot as it sits perfectly with our strategy ‘Moving Forwards Together’. I believe that this will support the creation of a new culture with adult social care and beyond, where older people routinely engage in physical activity that will enable them to feel fitter, stronger, happier and more confident to move more. It is important we work in partnership to help those who struggle the most to be physically active and this is a great example of this collaborative approach.”
A Manager of a Luton Residential Care Home commented:
“Music is a joy to interact with the service users with, residents really enjoy the music and movement session and also the workbooks/puzzles about music – the Oomph! On Demand resources are excellent.”
A Care Home Resident commented:
“I really enjoy the chair exercises, they are so fun to do!”
An Activity Coordinator in a Care Home in Milton Keynes commented:
“The online sessions boosted the residents’ confidence with mobility. One particular resident was left in a very happy and confident mood soon after the session finished, she felt more able to walk and move better”.
Abbi Mckane, Project Participation Manager for Leap:
“It’s great to be working with Oomph! On Demand on this pilot. At Leap we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help improve the health and wellbeing of older adults.
We are excited to work in partnership with organisations from Bucks and Milton Keynes to enable their residents to feel more confident, independent and happier to access opportunities that support them to be more active”.
The platform is available 365 days a year, across a diverse range of topics and meeting a range of interests and abilities. It will enable service users to tune into live and recorded sessions, including language lessons, virtual tours and history talks.
Staff and service users are able to select activities according to their desired wellbeing goal or personal interests.
Matt Hamblin, Business Director at Oomph! Wellness commented:
“Oomph! are delighted to be working with team BEDS&LUTON and Leap on this exciting new partnership. Oomph! On Demand will be able to provide invaluable resources and inspiration to drive meaningful engagement for residents across all participating services.”